Fall 2014 Edition – UConn Magazine



Pioneering Paths to Healing – UConn doesn’t just claim to be on the cutting edge of improving health for citizens. The innovative careers and research pursuits of our faculty and alumni alike are living proof of how the University community is pushing the boundaries of the future of medicine.

The Sounds of Innovation – An unlikely partnership between UConn medical technology engineers and music scholars has led to an unprecedented method for bringing antique musical instruments back to life.



Big Idea

Her Charmed Life – As alum and former field hockey All-American Nicki (Castonguay) Maher ’00 (SFS) can attest, you really can have it all. Now vice president of lifestyle brand Alex and Ani’s Charity by Design division, she’s bringing her winning streak to a very different kind of team.

10 Questions

Power of Good – Undeterred by long treks to the remote, rugged mountains of the Himalayas, Peter Werth III ’80 (CLAS) is leading efforts to connect impoverished villages far from the power grid with sustainable energy sources.

Vantage Point

Stuck in Survival Mode – Feeling stressed? Not to worry. UConn psychiatry professor Julian Ford, an expert in stress and trauma, shares one simple strategy that you can use right now to regain control of your emotions.


Man on a Mission – Get an insider’s look into the philosophies guiding new UConn head
football coach Bob Diaco as he seeks to take the Huskies to a new level.

Number Cruncher

Economic Impact: Sustaining Connecticut – Having evolved from its origins as an agricultural college on donated land, UConn stands today as one of the central pillars of the state economy.

Alumni Focus

On the Big Screen – Best-selling author Wally Lamb ’72 (CLAS), ’77 MA talks about Wishin’ and Hopin’, the first of his works to be made into a feature-length film, slated for release later this month.

Campus Updates

Blueprints for Change – Campus transformations are underway across the University — from the expansion of state-of-the-art teaching facilities to the creation of collaborative space for entrepreneurs on the front lines of bioscience.

Leaders of the Pack

Making Her Voice Heard – The target of bullies throughout her adolescence, Truman Scholar Molly Rockett ’15 (CLAS) found a way to turn her feelings of powerlessness into a sense of purpose.

Husky Extra

Turning the Tide – Cage-diving with great white sharks is far more than a pastime for alum Chris Perkins ’12 (CLAS), co-founder and director of research at South Africa’s Shark Bay Research Trust.