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Pazameta eclipse

Eclipses: Awesome Cosmic Alignments
University astronomer explains the eclipse phenomenon

Few astronomical phenomena are visible to the human eye, so when the two brightest objects in our sky align to produce an eclipse (and the weather cooperates), the performance amazes viewers today...

Posted on April 12, 2024 by Zoran Pazameta

Eastern brings together experts to consider solutions to opioid epidemic

Experts on opioid epidemic open community dialogue at Eastern
Veteran EMT shares first-responder insights

Early in his career as a paramedic, in the 1990s, Peter Canning responded to a cheerleading accident in which a high school girl broke her back. Two years later, he responded to her again, this...

Posted on March 06, 2024 by Michael Rouleau

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Kirchmann publishes 'Polish American Voices'
Book recounts 400 years of Polish immigrant history

Professor Emerita Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann's new book, “Polish American Voices: A Documentary History, 1608-2020," compiles 145 documents of Polish American immigrants and...

Posted on January 10, 2024 by Elisabeth Craig

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Plots that pivot on the gothic and gruesome
Eastern professor publishes dictionary of horror stories

Wolfmen, witches, vampires and zombies loom in tales told by humans for more than 6,000 years. That history is chronicled in a new book by a professor at Eastern Connecticut State University titled...

Posted on January 09, 2024 by Lucinda Weiss

Connolly and deer skull

Biologists confirm local lore that Nantucket’s deer boom stems from two Michigan does

Most of the deer on Nantucket Island, which has one of the densest deer populations in the Northeast, likely descend from two does that were introduced to the island from Michigan in 1926. This...

Posted on December 18, 2023 by Lucinda Weiss

leisha and niloufar

Eastern's preschool staff present on dramatic retelling

Two representatives from Eastern’s Child and Family Development Research Center (CFDRC) recently presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children in Nashville, TN....

Posted on November 27, 2023 by Elisabeth Craig

The conditions of migration

University Hour shares stories of migration

Post-colonial political and economic struggles were the topics of a University Hour talk at Eastern Connecticut State University on Nov. 8. These conditions push people to search for opportunities...

Posted on November 13, 2023 by Marcus Grant

Krebs and Piro

Krebs and student present behavior analysis research

An Eastern Connecticut State University professor and his student research assistant recently shared their ongoing research on behavior analysis at a Massachusetts conference. Christopher Krebs,...

Posted on November 07, 2023 by Noel Teter

Success Scholars students and faculty gather for a photo in spring 2023.

Success Scholars program fosters 'STEM identity'

University students see themselves many ways based on different things they do. This idea sparked a research interest in Laura Rodriguez, assistant professor of education at Eastern Connecticut...

Posted on November 01, 2023 by Noel Teter

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Teachers from campus preschool present on nurturing curiosity

Five teachers from the Child and Family Development Resource Center at Eastern Connecticut State University have conducted research on the importance of nurturing a child’s curiosity and...

Posted on November 01, 2023 by Elisabeth Craig

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Carenen gives history lesson on Arab-Israeli conflict

History Professor Caitlin Carenen presented on the historical context of the Israel-Hamas War during a heavily attended “flash talk” on Oct. 18 in the Science Building. Carenen...

Posted on October 24, 2023 by Michael Rouleau

Steve Muchiri speaks out about teenage pregnancy at Kisii University

Steve Muchiri speaks in Kenya about teenage pregnancy

Steve Muchiri, professor of economics and finance, recently spoke at Kisii University in Kenya, presenting research and bringing attention to issues related to teenage pregnancy, intimate partner...

Posted on October 11, 2023 by Marcus Grant

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Yoga reduces college students’ stress, new research confirms

Yoga courses are a significant stress and anxiety reducer for college students, a population that ranks high in self-reported anxiety and depression, according to a recent paper co-authored by...

Posted on October 05, 2023 by Lucinda Weiss

Timothy Cochran presents his book.

Cochran discusses new book on music in film

A faculty researcher at Eastern Connecticut State University recently celebrated the release of his book about the various functions of music in film. “Musical Sincerity and Transcendence in...

Posted on September 27, 2023 by Noel Teter

groth with two students

Biologists find new signs of gene expression in model worm
The worm’s gene expression may have implications for human conditions

In research recently published in the online scientific journal “microPublication Biology,” Eastern Connecticut State University biology professor Amy Groth and her former undergraduate...

Posted on September 27, 2023 by Lucinda Weiss

Massena and Flores-Gomez

Biochem students use supercomputers to study complex disease treatments

Three biochemistry students at Eastern Connecticut State University are expanding their understanding of how supercomputers can be used to solve complicated health issues, under the guidance of...

Posted on September 18, 2023 by Lucinda Weiss

Teresa Balough

Balough authors book on disputed composer Percy Grainger

Teresa Balough, lecturer of music history for almost 33 years at Eastern, recently published her book, “The Life and Work of Percy Aldridge Grainger: Till Life Become Fire.” As the...

Posted on September 12, 2023 by Marcus Grant

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Teaching a book’s history reveals another story
Emily Todd co-edits collection of essays

Emily Todd, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, has always been drawn to studying literature and history. She has combined the two interests in her new book, “Teaching the History of the...

Posted on September 11, 2023 by Lucinda Weiss

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Eastern documentary on Tulsa Race Massacre well received at film festivals

A documentary film directed by Eastern Connecticut State University’s theatre Professor Brian Day about the Tulsa race massacre of 1921 captured attention at several film festivals this past...

Posted on September 08, 2023 by Elisabeth Craig

Megan Stanton

Stanton to serve as co-principal investigator on new HIV/AIDS research
Elton John AIDS Foundation provides grant funding

Improving the HIV epidemic response in the South is the aim of a new grant-funded project that Eastern Connecticut State University faculty member Megan Stanton will work on as the co-principal...

Posted on August 30, 2023 by Lucinda Weiss

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New well field drilled for hydrology education

Three new water wells on the Eastern Connecticut State University campus will be used by environmental earth science (EES) students to learn about techniques used in environmental consulting.

Posted on August 01, 2023 by Lucinda Weiss

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Núñez writes about how to broaden college access
Eastern’s president authors chapter in ‘The Evolving College Presidency’

Improving access to higher education for underrepresented students will help ensure future economic prosperity and social stability, explains Eastern Connecticut State University President Elsa...

Posted on June 15, 2023 by Cindy Weiss and Michael Rouleau

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CECE wins eighth Telly award for video on how books can create inclusive classrooms

A video released this past fall by the Center for Early Childhood Education (CECE) at Eastern Connecticut State University on “Using Children’s Books to Help Build Inclusive...

Posted on June 01, 2023 by Lucinda Weiss

statue of Washington at Federal Hall

History professor writes about New York City as the nation’s early capital

New York City’s brief tenure as the nation’s capital is the subject of an article by Thomas Balcerski, associate professor of history at Eastern Connecticut State University, in the new...

Posted on June 01, 2023 by Lucinda Weiss

Emiliano Villanueva and Scott Moore

2 professors win Board of Regents awards for teaching, research

Two Eastern Connecticut State University faculty were recognized for excellence in teaching and research by the Connecticut Board of Regents in its annual faculty awards.

Posted on May 30, 2023 by Lucinda Weiss

Donaghy in class

Daniel Donaghy named Eastern’s Distinguished Professor of the Year

Poet Daniel Donaghy, professor of English, was named the 2023 Distinguished Professor of the Year at Eastern Connecticut State University, affirming his own belief that, “Yes, you can teach...

Posted on May 30, 2023 by Lucinda Weiss

Afarin work

Rahmanifar exhibits in 2 New York City shows
Interpreting creation and the role of Iranian women

An Eastern Connecticut State University art professor, Afarin Rahmanifar, has works on exhibit at two New York City galleries this month.

Posted on May 11, 2023 by Lucinda Weiss

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Biology research finds faster way to germinate an endangered wildflower

A new method that shortens the germination time of an endangered New England wildflower is described in a paper to be published in the Native Plants Journal by Eastern Connecticut State University...

Posted on May 03, 2023 by Lucinda Weiss

Education researchers

Education research looks at autistic toddlers’ social turn-taking

A new method for parents of autistic toddlers to encourage their children to take turns in social communications is the focus of an Eastern Connecticut State University research team in the Center...

Posted on April 25, 2023 by Lucinda Weiss

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Eastern biologists contribute to Tiny Earth’s search for antibiotics

The global search for new antibiotics is getting a boost from Eastern Connecticut State University through an effort known as “Tiny Earth,” a network of researchers uniting against...

Posted on April 25, 2023 by Lucinda Weiss

Greenwood

Eastern film 'Greenwood: A Dreamland Destroyed' screens at film festivals

A film about the Tulsa Race Massacre produced by faculty at Eastern Connecticut State University will screen April 22 at 11 a.m. at the Rhode Island Black Film Festival and April 26 at 9 p.m. at...

Posted on April 19, 2023 by Ed Osborn and Michael Rouleau

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Eastern hosts 'Humans and the Environment' symposium

Four Connecticut-based scholars described the ecological impacts and anthropogenic changes that humanity has had on the environment at a symposium at Eastern Connecticut State University on March 24.

Posted on April 05, 2023 by Jack Jones

Vijay Veerappan

Biologists publish method for aeroponic system to grow plants that aids researchers

A biology professor at Eastern Connecticut State University and three students who worked in his laboratory have published a research article in a peer-reviewed journal, “Plant...

Posted on April 05, 2023 by Lucinda Weiss

SRCD

Psychology researchers present in Utah on parent-child relationships

Recently, Gianna DeSante and Cailey Fay, psychology majors at Eastern Connecticut State University, presented their own research at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting....

Posted on April 04, 2023 by Noel Teter

Reston, VA

EES faculty, students present at Geological Society of America meeting

Four Eastern Connecticut State University students and three faculty members from the Environmental Earth Science Department recently attended the Geological Society of America (GSA) Conference in...

Posted on April 04, 2023 by Molly Boucher

Smirnow

Psychology department represents at annual EPA meeting

Several psychology students and faculty from Eastern Connecticut State University presented at the Eastern Psychological Association’s (EPA) annual meeting on March 2–4 in Boston, MA

Posted on March 30, 2023 by Noel Teter

Eastern graduate and CECE research assistant Stefanie Dominguez ’17 sits in front of the remote video recording technology she used to conduct research for her honors thesis.

Early childhood education videos reach 5 million YouTube views

Eastern Connecticut State University’s Center for Early Childhood Education (CECE) reached a new milestone on March 23 when it passed 5 million views on its YouTube channel. The center is a...

Posted on March 23, 2023

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Eastern professors contribute to book on Women of Color in Psychology

Two Eastern Connecticut State University professors of psychology contributed to an upcoming book, “Early Psychological Research Contributions from Women of Color, Volume 1,” being...

Posted on February 13, 2023 by Molly Boucher

"Writing a Watertight Thesis" book cover.

Fabrizi's book offers tips for a 'watertight' thesis

Mark Fabrizi, associate professor of education at Eastern Connecticut State University, has published “Writing a Watertight Thesis, 2nd edition,” with Bloomsbury Publishing. The first...

Posted on February 09, 2023 by Molly Boucher

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Eastern requests nominations for spring 2023 excellence awards

Eastern Connecticut State University is requesting nominations for its annual excellence awards. Each year, Eastern presents six excellence awards to employees who made outstanding contributions to...

Posted on February 07, 2023 by Noel Teter

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New book takes an inclusive look at war

Re-examining old battlefields through a new lens is the subject of a recently published book, “Conflict Archaeology, Historical Memory, and the Experience of War,” co-edited by Ashley...

Posted on February 01, 2023 by by Lucinda Weiss

Fatma Pakdil assists students

High school students recruited for STEM program this spring at Eastern

Twelve area high school students will be recruited to conduct healthcare management data research at Eastern Connecticut State University this spring under a NASA grant awarded to faculty members...

Posted on February 01, 2023 by by Lucinda Weiss

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Scorpion stinger could be source of new antibiotics
Discovery could aid in fight against antimicrobial resistance

New biology research at Eastern Connecticut State University has discovered that novel bacteria exist in the stingers of scorpions, a discovery that could help alleviate the global issue of...

Posted on January 17, 2023 by Michael Rouleau

Preschool teacher Karla Alamo interacts with preschool students

Eastern preschool teacher co-presents on translanguaging at national conference

Preschool teacher Karla Alamo recently presented with researchers from three universities at the National Association for the Education of Young Children in Washington, D.C. Alamo is a bilingual...

Posted on January 10, 2023

hospital scene

Longer hospital stays reduce readmission rates, say Eastern researchers in new analysis
Congestive heart failure patients showed a 24% readmission rate

A study by Eastern researchers of hospital readmission rates for patients with congestive heart failure shows that longer initial hospital stays reduce the risk of readmission, a finding that could...

Posted on January 04, 2023 by by Lucinda Weiss

Monks Mound at Cahokia

Eastern archaeologist wins NSF grant to study medieval indigenous city of Cahokia

Sarah Baires, associate professor of anthropology at Eastern Connecticut State University, is the principal investigator on a new National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to conduct an...

Posted on December 22, 2022 by by Lucinda Weiss

Khai Sim and Soojin Kim

North Star awards writing fellowships to Professors Sim and Kim

Two assistant professors at Eastern, Khai Zhi Sim and Soojin Kim, have won fellowships from the New England Board of Higher Education’s North Star Collective, which supports Black,...

Posted on December 22, 2022 by by Lucinda Weiss

Djenerly Massena and Kenan He

Biochem student publishes 'cheminformatics' paper with mentor

Biochemistry major Djenerly Massena and her mentor, Professor Kedan He, researched a complex data problem on how to identify new designer drugs.

Posted on December 15, 2022 by by Lucinda Weiss

Emiliano Villanueva

Villanueva presents research on Argentine wine exports at Latin American Studies Conference

Emiliano Villanueva, associate professor of international business and chair of the business administration department, presented his research on Argentine wine exports at the New England Council...

Posted on December 13, 2022 by by Noel Teter

Brent Terry

Faculty authors urge student writers to voice truths

Three faculty authors spoke about diversity, equity and inclusion at a Nov. 30 University Hour event, "Meet Eastern's Authors."

Posted on December 07, 2022 by Lucinda Weiss

Daniel Donaghy

Donaghy wins Auburn Witness Poetry Prize
Poetry award recognizes social justice and remembers Donaghy’s longtime friend

English professor Daniel Donaghy was recently honored by the “Southern Humanities Review” with its Auburn Witness Poetry Prize. The prize highlights a work that commemorates social...

Posted on November 09, 2022 by Molly Boucher

Speakers at philosophy panel

Philosophy panel examines right to abortion

Two philosophy faculty members examined perspectives on the right to abortion in a panel discussion on Nov. 7. Professor Ana Funes-Maderey and Lecturer Matthew Rukgaber each presented a different...

Posted on November 09, 2022 by Noel Teter

Scott Moore

Eastern history professor presents on legendary Virginia witch

For centuries, stories have been told around Halloween in the Virginia Beach area about the mysterious and mischievous Grace Sherwood, the “Witch of Pungo.” Eastern Connecticut State...

Posted on November 07, 2022 by Noel Teter

Production

'Stepping into the Shade': A civil rights story about Connecticut tobacco farmers

A new documentary series about tobacco farm workers in Connecticut and their impact on civil rights is being produced by Eastern Theatre Professors Brian Day and Kristen Morgan. Hosted by...

Posted on November 07, 2022 by Noel Teter

Psychology faculty

Psychology faculty publish 'open educational resources' for teaching online

James Diller, Christopher Krebs and Jenna Gray, faculty members in Eastern’s psychological science department, have published in Behavioral Pedagogies and Online Learning, an open educational...

Posted on November 07, 2022 by Noel Teter

Treadmill desk

Study finds that treadmill desk use improves work performance

Eastern Connecticut State University Psychology Professor Jenna Scisco has completed compelling research that may impact the way people work from home in a post-COVID world. Titled...

Posted on October 25, 2022 by Molly Boucher

NECREC presenters

Inaugural conference makes Eastern the hub of cannabis research
Eastern announces new cannabis certification at NECREC

Cannabis cultivators, researchers and industry hopefuls visited Eastern Connecticut State University from Oct. 21-22 for the state’s first academic conference focused on cannabis research....

Posted on October 24, 2022 by Jack Jones

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Eastern announces speakers, sponsors for Connecticut's first cannabis academic research conference

The first New England Cannabis Research and Education Conference (NECREC), hosted by Eastern Connecticut State University on Oct. 21-22, has announced its full roster of speakers and panel topics....

Posted on October 11, 2022 by Amanda Irwin

Bouley

Bouley’s book on implicit bias makes best-seller list

Eastern Connecticut State University Professor of Education Theresa Bouley recently hit Library Journal’s best-seller list for academic/education-centric books with her latest release,...

Posted on October 04, 2022 by Molly Boucher

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Education lecturer aims to ‘gamify’ education
Robert Ford receives Best Article award

Robert Ford, a lecturer for Eastern Connecticut State University’s Education Department, had his research efforts acknowledged for “gamifying” learning techniques within classroom...

Posted on September 26, 2022 by Jack Jones

Pakdil and Beazoglou

Pakdil and Beazoglou ’21 published in Journal of Healthcare Management

Eastern Connecticut State University Management Professor Fatma Pakdil and alumna Hannah Beazoglou ’21 have recently been published for their collaborative research titled “Monitoring...

Posted on September 22, 2022 by Molly Boucher

Scuba diving in the Bahamas

Bio researchers study little-known coral disease in The Bahamas

Biochemistry major Sydney DeNoncour accompanied Biology Professor Joshua Idjadi on a research trip in the Bahamas to study a rapidly spreading disease that is affecting Caribbean coral reefs....

Posted on July 20, 2022 by Michael Rouleau

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Eastern students, faculty produce WPKN documentary: 'The Greatest Radio Station in the World'

A faculty-student team from Eastern Connecticut State University produced a documentary on the legendary Bridgeport-based radio station WPKN-FM (89.5 FM). Titled “The Greatest Radio Station...

Posted on July 19, 2022 by Dwight Bachman

NECREC Logo

Eastern to host Connecticut’s first cannabis academic research conference
Registration now open for NECREC

Eastern Connecticut State University will host the first New England Cannabis Research and Education Conference (NECREC) on October 21-22. Connecticut’s first academic conference on cannabis...

Posted on June 22, 2022 by Amanda Irwin

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Historian Tom Balcerski appears in ‘The Book of Queer’

Thomas Balcerski, professor of history at Eastern Connecticut State University, appeared in the first episode of the Discovery+ mini-series “The Book of Queer,” premiering throughout...

Posted on June 08, 2022

Dwarf bulrush

Botanists’ search in Windham yields new plant discoveries
Eastern professor updates local herbarium record

A botanist from Eastern Connecticut State University was recently published by the New England Botanical Society (NEBS) for his efforts to update Windham County’s herbarium record—a...

Posted on June 07, 2022 by Michael Rouleau

Simon

Nicholas Simon wins CSCU system teaching excellence award

The Board of Regents (BOR) of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System (CSCU) has named Nicholas Simon, assistant professor of sociology at Eastern Connecticut State University, the...

Posted on May 24, 2022 by Dwight Bachman

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3 students co-author article on dual language learners

Three Eastern Connecticut State University students have co-authored an article with professor emeritus Jeffrey Trawick-Smith and Julia DeLapp, director of the Center for Early Childhood Education,...

Posted on May 18, 2022 by Dwight Bachman

Digital Windham

History Department presents ‘Digital Windham’
Project captures Windham’s history online

The History Department at Eastern Connecticut State University hosted its grand opening presentation of “Digital Windham” on May 4 in Webb Hall. Digital Windham is the flagship project...

Posted on May 17, 2022 by Michael Rouleau

Brent Terry

Brent Terry authors poetry book '21st Century Autoimmune Blues'

Eastern Connecticut State University English lecturer Brent Terry gave a poetry reading on April 26 in support of his new book titled “21st Century Autoimmune Blues.” Published by the...

Posted on April 27, 2022 by Bobbi Brown

Warriors softball

Campus Briefs

Warriors baseball and softball ranked nationally; ‘What’s Up, Warriors?’ podcast features President Núñez; Student Colleen Goff selected for CT Poetry Circuit; Eastern...

Posted on April 06, 2022

Connolly

Connolly published in ‘Ecological Restoration’ journal
Research finds hemp byproduct aids buttonbush growth and fortifies habitat

Bryan Connolly, botanist, horticulturalist and assistant professor of biology at Eastern Connecticut State University, recently had his research published in the peer-reviewed journal...

Posted on April 05, 2022 by Molly Boucher

Matthew Rukgaber and his new book, “Nietzsche in Hollywood: Images of the Übermensch in Early American Cinema.”

Rukgaber publishes book on Nietzsche in Hollywood

Matthew Rukgaber, lecturer in the Department of Political Science, Philosophy and Geography, has published a new book, “Nietzsche in Hollywood: Images of the Übermensch in Early American...

Posted on March 30, 2022 by Dwight Bachman

EPA Students

Psychology researchers present on parent-child relationships at NYC conference

Eastern Connecticut State University psychology majors Paulina Hernandez Galindo, Jordyn Powell, Meganlyn Delaney and Melissa Valenzuela, along with professor T. Caitlin Vasquez-O’Brien,...

Posted on March 22, 2022 by Bobbi Brown

Xing Liu book cover

Xing Liu authors second book on R programming language

Xing Liu, professor of education at Eastern Connecticut State University, recently released his second book, “Categorical Data Analysis and Multilevel Modeling Using R.” The release...

Posted on March 16, 2022 by Molly Boucher

Baires and her book "“Cahokia and the North American Worlds”

Baires authors book on ancient city Cahokia

Sarah Baires, associate professor of anthropology at Eastern Connecticut State University, recently authored a new book, “Cahokia and the North American Worlds." Published by Cambridge...

Posted on March 15, 2022 by Molly Boucher

Noelle Ciccarelli

Psychology researchers present on daughter-parent mate preference

Eastern Connecticut State University psychology student Noelle Ciccarelli presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) convention on Feb. 18. Ciccarelli’s project was...

Posted on March 09, 2022 by Bobbi Brown

Vasillopulous

Vasillopulos' new book interprets Greek tragedy 'Medea'

Christopher Vasillopulos, political science professor at Eastern Connecticut State University, recently authored a new book titled “Interpreting Euripides’s Medea from Aristotelian and...

Posted on March 07, 2022 by Bobbi Brown

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Understanding the war in Ukraine
Professors Moore and Carenen lend historical perspective

Two faculty members from the Department of History at Eastern Connecticut State University provided historical context on the war in Ukraine in a flash talk presentation on March 2. Professor Scott...

Posted on March 03, 2022 by Michael Rouleau

Villanueva

‘A product for the masses’
Emiliano Villanueva explains the rise of wine

Wine runs deep for Emiliano Villanueva. The son of two generations of Italian winemakers, Villanueva grew up in Mendoza, Argentina — the wine capital of South America — where he spent...

Posted on February 08, 2022 by Michael Rouleau

Theatre Professor DeRon Williams and Social Work Professor Isabel Logan.

Eastern co-founds North Star Collective to benefit faculty of color
Inaugural fellowship selects Professors Williams and Logan

Eastern Connecticut State University is one of 13 founding institutions of a new reparative justice effort by the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE). The North Star Collective comprises...

Posted on January 26, 2022 by Michael Rouleau

Picture of Earth and space debris

Cunningham presents on space debris at Nextspace conference

Brendan Cunningham, professor of economics at Eastern Connecticut State University, presented at the annual Nextspace conference this past December. The seminar, which took place in Bordeaux,...

Posted on January 21, 2022 by Molly Boucher

"Stepping into the Shade"

CT Humanities funds Eastern documentary on tobacco farms and civil rights
‘Stepping Into the Shade,’ an untold story of Connecticut history

Eastern Connecticut State University has been awarded $35,000 by Connecticut Humanities to produce a documentary about Connecticut’s shade tobacco industry and its connection to the civil...

Posted on January 12, 2022 by Michael Rouleau

Pakdil and Muchiri

Professors Pakdil and Muchiri examine hospital readmission rates

Management and Marketing Professor Fatma Pakdil of Mansfield and Steve Muchiri of Columbia, assistant professor of economics and finance, recently teamed up with a Rochester Institute of Technology...

Posted on January 10, 2022 by Dwight Bachman

Camel Spider

2 biology research groups publish on camel spiders and endangered seabirds

Two alumni-faculty research groups from the Biology Department at Eastern Connecticut State University authored two peer-reviewed articles that were recently published in scientific journals. Jacob...

Posted on November 22, 2021 by Bobbi Brown

Raouf Mama

Mama gives international presentation on folktales
Webinar engages Pakistani educators

Raouf Mama, professor of English at Eastern Connecticut State University gave a virtual international presentation titled “Webinar Series 4: Integration of Folktales in the English Language...

Posted on November 02, 2021 by Bobbi Brown

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3 English professors featured in 2021 ‘Connecticut Literary Anthology’

Three English Professors at Eastern Connecticut State University — Raouf Mama, Chris Torockio and Daniel Donaghy — have been published in the new edition of the “Connecticut...

Posted on October 27, 2021 by Dwight Bachman

Theresa Bouley

Bouley co-authors 2 books on inequality and implicit bias in education

Theresa Bouley, professor of education at Eastern Connecticut State University co-authored two recent publications titled “The Economic and Opportunity Gap: How Poverty Impacts the Lives of...

Posted on October 25, 2021 by Bobbi Brown

Sociology Professor Dennis Canterbury

Canterbury book draws international celebration

On Oct. 7, the world-renowned Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana in Legon, Ghana, West Africa, brought together scholars from Ghana, the United States, Guyana, Antigua and...

Posted on October 25, 2021 by Dwight Bachman

Faculty authors

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

Heart rate monitor

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

Psychology lab

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

BOR Faculty Awards

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

Faculty recital

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

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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