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Eastern inducts hundreds into honor societies in spring 2024

More than 20 academic programs and departments at Eastern Connecticut State University recognized student achievements this spring 2024 semester during honor society inductions and award ceremonies.

Posted on May 16, 2024

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Nursing students will learn skills in simulation labs

As the first students in Eastern’s new bachelor’s degree in nursing take prerequisite classes and other academic coursework, the University and its Hartford HealthCare partners continue...

Posted on May 03, 2024 by Ed Osborn

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Eastern partners with Hartford HealthCare to address nursing shortage
Future Windham Hospital simulation lab will bolster new nursing program

Eastern Connecticut State University and Hartford HealthCare (HHC) are joining forces to tackle Connecticut's nursing shortage by establishing a partnership aimed at increasing the number of...

Posted on March 20, 2024 by Michael Rouleau

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

Students in Eastern’s planned BSN program will use specialized equipment such as this virtual dissection table.

Eastern receives state grant to launch nursing program

Eastern Connecticut State University is receiving a $1.2 million grant from the Connecticut Health Horizons project, a three-year, $35 million program established by the state to address the...

Posted on March 02, 2023 by Ed Osborn

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Task force moves ahead on campus mental health needs

A year after a mental health task force formed on the Eastern Connecticut State University campus, the group has a strategic plan for meeting students’ mental health needs identified in a...

Posted on February 13, 2023 by by Lucinda Weiss

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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

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Harmony Zhao participates in Yale summer research project

Health Sciences major Harmony Zhao ’24 is participating in an eight-week project at Yale University’s Public Health Summer Research Program (SREEH). The National Institutes of Health...

Posted on July 12, 2022 by Dwight Bachman

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Eastern launches new sport-related programs for fall 2022

Eastern Connecticut State University will offer two new academic concentrations and one new minor this coming fall 2022 semester. Students majoring in Health Sciences can concentrate in Exercise...

Posted on June 14, 2022 by Dwight Bachman

Harley Webley '21

Health sciences graduate accepted into Yale public health program

Harley Webley ’21, a Health Sciences major with a concentration in Allied Health, will attend Yale University’s School of Public Health this fall. Webley, who also minored in sociology...

Posted on May 24, 2022 by Dwight Bachman

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Campus Briefs
Lavender Graduation | Visiting Writers | Family Day

Lavender Graduation celebrates LGBTQIA seniors; Brent Terry authors poetry book '21st Century Autoimmune Blues; Nancy Gonzalez presents on vaccine supply chains at regional conference; Family...

Posted on May 03, 2022

Nancy Gonzalez

Nancy Gonzalez presents on vaccine supply chains at regional conference

Health Sciences major Nancy Gonzalez ’22 presented research at the Northeast Decision Science Institute’s (NEDSI) 51st annual conference in Newark, NJ, on April 7–9. Representing...

Posted on May 03, 2022 by Dwight Bachman

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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

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8 Eastern students present at National Conference for Undergraduate Research

Eight Eastern Connecticut State University students are presenting their research virtually at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) from April 4-8. Hosted annually by the...

Posted on April 06, 2022 by Molly Boucher

Health Sciences Alumni

Recent health sciences graduates enter workforce, graduate programs

Three Eastern Connecticut State University Health Sciences alumni are advancing their careers to become a vibrant part of Connecticut’s public health workforce, including Brittany Cifarelli...

Posted on February 09, 2022 by Dwight Bachman

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Health sciences major Nancy Gonzalez named Pfizer research fellow

Health science major Nancy Gonzalez ’22 was recently named a fellow of the Pfizer Research and Development Rotation Program. After she graduates, Gonzalez will join more than 2,000 scientists...

Posted on January 31, 2022 by Dwight Bachman

Wireless and Tetherless Multipurpose Patient Simulator

Health Sciences receives CHEFA grant for medical simulation manikins
Equipment enhances EMT, Paramedic Science programs

Eastern Connecticut State University’s Health Sciences Department has received a $75,000 John M. Biancamano Client Grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority...

Posted on January 28, 2022 by Dwight Bachman


Eastern offers new minor in medical interpreting in Spanish

COVID-19 is just one reason why Eastern Connecticut State University’s Department of Health Science and its World Languages and Cultures Department are partnering to offer a new...

Posted on September 01, 2021 by Dwight Bachman

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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

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Minority Health Conference debunks COVID-19 myths

Nations around the world are relieved with the development of a vaccine to treat the COVID-19 virus. Many myths surround the deadly virus, including falsehoods on why African Americans have...

Posted on April 08, 2021 by Dwight Bachman


Health sciences professor presents mandala art

Health Sciences Assistant Professor Geeta Thapa presented “Maya Mandala,” an exhibit of dot mandala art from Dec. 19-27 in the Kathmandu Kitchen and Bar in Storrs. The artwork was on...

Posted on January 14, 2021 by Dwight Bachman

Young Entrepreneurs

Eastern students are young entrepreneurs

Facebook, Dell computers, Google, Dropbox and Reddit were all started by college students in their dorm rooms. College students have also formed their own businesses in fields ranging from gyms to...

Posted on December 10, 2020 by Bobbi Brown, Michael Rouleau, Ed Osborn

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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

Eastern students learn from Willimantic Fire Department

Eastern EMT class meets with Willimantic Fire Department

Eastern Connecticut State University’s emergency medical technician (EMT) class worked with the Willimantic Fire Department on Oct. 17 to provide students with a hands-on learning...

Posted on October 30, 2020 by Molly Boucher

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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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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


Eastern Alumna Starts Pathology Program at Quinnipiac University

Andrea Ferrigno ’19 has begun the Master’s in Pathology Assistants Program at Quinnipiac University. A pathologist assistant plays a critical role in helping the pathologist come up...

Posted on May 13, 2020 by Dwight Bachman

Eastern Receives Grant for New Physical Therapeutic Lab

Eastern Connecticut State University's Health Sciences Department has received a $74,303 grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) to construct a new...

Posted on November 18, 2019 by Bobbi Brown

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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

Dymond Smith

Dymond Smith Participates in Yale Summer Research Experience

Health sciences major Dymond Smith ’22 participated in an eight-week research experience at Yale University this summer. The National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Summer Research...

Posted on September 09, 2019 by Michael Rouleau

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Health Sciences Major Responds to Nation’s Healthcare Needs

With more than 360 students enrolled this past spring, Eastern Connecticut State University’s Health Sciences major is the fastest program on campus and unique among Connecticut’s four...

Posted on June 27, 2019 by Dwight Bachman

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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

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New Research Lends Insight into Workplace Homicides

Mitchell Doucette, assistant professor of health sciences at Eastern Connecticut State University, recently published a paper about the changing trends of workplace homicides in the research...

Posted on March 21, 2019 by Raven Dillon

Eastern Supports Greater Hartford Urban League’s Equal Opportunity Day

Eastern was on hand on Nov. 2 when the Urban League of Greater Hartford (ULGH) celebrated its 54th Equal Opportunity Day with a gala at the Marriott Downtown Hartford. The ULGH’s mission is...

Posted on November 13, 2018

Eastern’s Anita Lee Named Outstanding Advisor by National Association

The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) recently presented the Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Academic Advisor in a Faculty Role to Anita Lee, professor of health sciences at...

Posted on October 23, 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 Hosts Mental Health ‘Check in’ with Fresh Check Day

In an effort to raise mental health awareness, Eastern Connecticut State University hosted Fresh Check Day on Oct. 11 – a day designed to reduce stigma surrounding mental health issues. The...

Posted on October 16, 2018 by Jolene Potter

Health Sciences Research Spans Baseball Pitches and Firearm Storage

Two new assistant professors of the Health Sciences Department saw recent developments in their research activities. Paul Canavan led a study on campus that analyzed the biomechanics of...

Posted on October 16, 2018 by Michael Rouleau and Jolene Potter

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Eastern Students Enjoy Field Course in Ghana, West Africa

In late May 2018, Eastern students traveled to Ghana, West Africa with Lecturer Shelly Gimenez of the Department of Health Sciences.The group was hosted by the Rural Health Project Africa, an NGO...

Posted on July 25, 2018 by Dwight Bachman

Eastern Announces Commencement Speaker/Honorary Degree Recipient

Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, assistant secretary for mental health and substance use in the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), will be the commencement speaker and honorary degree...

Posted on April 23, 2018 by Edward Osborn

Addressing Opioids on a Local Level: Eastern Promotes Community Coalition

Eastern Connecticut State University held a seminar on Feb. 28 to encourage dialogue about what can be done to combat the American opioid crisis on a local level. Hosted by the Health Sciences...

Posted on March 06, 2018 by Jordan Corey

Eastern to Host Opioid Crisis Seminar and Panel

On Feb. 28, the Health Sciences Department at Eastern Connecticut State University will host a seminar about the opioid epidemic in the United States, a medical crisis that also has local...

Posted on February 20, 2018 by Jordan Corey

Eastern Joins Connecticut Healthy Campus Initiative

In an effort to promote awareness of substance use, Eastern Connecticut State University has been granted $10,000 by the Connecticut Healthy Campus Initiative, a project supported by the Wheeler...

Posted on December 20, 2017 by Casey Collins

‘Alcohol Monologues’ at Eastern

An estimated 88,000 people die each year from alcohol-related causes in the United States, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. College students account for...

Posted on October 31, 2017 by Jordan Corey

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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 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 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

Annual Health, Wellness and Benefits Expo a Success

The 23rd annual Health, Wellness and Benefits Expo at Eastern Connecticut State University was another success on Oct. 20, as hundreds of members of the local community came to campus to browse the...

Posted on October 22, 2015 by Michael Rouleau

Health and Life Sciences Undergraduate Research Program Hosted at Eastern

Eastern Connecticut State University was the host of the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), which ended on July 2. This marks the third and last year of the summer program, which is a...

Posted on July 15, 2015

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