Category: News & Events

Read stories about recent Neag School news and events including research grant announcements, appointments, and awards.

Man at Philadelphia protest holds Black Lives Matter poster.

New Course Introduces Students to U.S. Anti-Black Racism

September 8, 2020

In the months since Breonna Taylor and George Floyd were killed by police last spring, public outrage over anti-Black racism has inspired widespread protests, conversations and calls for reform. It is a movement with origins both recent and centuries old, and continues to spark in protest, as in the recent case of Jacob Blake, a black man shot by police in Kenosha, Wis. For students at the University of Connecticut, a new course will introduce them to the foundational history of systemic and anti-Black racism in the U.S. that underlies the current movement.

Fourth-graders working on experiment with teacher

Researchers Lead National Effort to Improve Gifted Ed Programs

August 27, 2020

The University of Connecticut has been awarded a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to examine and strengthen gifted education opportunities for underserved populations through four studies. UConn’s National Center for Research on Gifted Education (NCRGE) will investigate strategies for recognizing and responding to untapped talent and explore the outcomes of gifted education services.

View of Manhattan from space.

$3M Grant to Train Students to Build More Resilient Landscapes

August 7, 2020

Researchers from UConn and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies have been awarded a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program to fund a new program to help train graduate students in risk analysis to build resilient landscapes in the face urbanization and climate change.