Elaina Hancock


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John Volin, vice provost for academic affairs and professor of natural resources and the environment, stands near a bioretention swale outside behind McHugh Hall on July 11, 2018. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Working Toward Sustainable Solutions

Introducing a new series about UConn environmental research, vice provost John Volin says the political focus on climate change often overshadows important issues of environment and sustainability.

Researchers looking into why seals don't experience damage to their lungs when they take a deep-sea dive found the answer in their blood serum. (Neil Smith Illustration, reproduced with permission from Journal of Experimental Biology doi:10.1242/jeb.178491)

Seal Serum Offers Protection from Inflammation

A new study explains why seals don't experience damage to their lungs when they take a deep-sea dive.

Fireflies: Illuminating Research

UConn neurobiologist Andrew Moiseff is delving into the life cycle of the firefly outside of the three to six weeks when the adults light up summer evenings.

UConn's cows can now choose when to be milked and are generally more contented as a result. (Elizabeth Caron/UConn Video)

UConn Relies on Robots at Milking Time

New technology milks UConn's cows on demand around the clock, generating research data and another outcome. They are generally quiet and spend a lot of the time lying down relaxing.

Researcher Kumar Venkitanarayanan at his lab in the George White Building. Kumar is studying the use of probiotics to disinfect cantaloupes and has found they are more effective than chlorine June 14, 2018. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

Probiotics Effective in Keeping Cantaloupes Safe to Eat

The bumpy, net-like cantaloupe rind provides hiding places for bacteria. Chlorine does not entirely kill it. Probiotics may do the job, according to new UConn research.

Yi Li, professor of plant science and landscape architecture with a burning bush plant at his lab. (UConn File Photo)

UConn Researcher Weighs in on USDA and GMOs

Plant science researcher Yi Li weighs in on USDA's recent statement on GMOs, and describes a new technique his team developed that uses gene-editing technology without introducing foreign genes, so the end-product is considered non-GMO.

Tick held in tweezers.

Why You Should Never Flush a Tick

Taking it to be tested at UConn instead could reap some pretty significant rewards.

A UConn landscape architecture student has applied the concept of resilience in developing a landscape plan for a test site that aims to integrate refugees into the local community, while developing resources they can use. (Giles Clarke/Getty Images)

A New Approach to Social Resilience – Through Landscape Architecture

A project led by graduate student Tao Wu aims to integrate refugees into the local community, while developing resources they can use.

Kelly Pfeiffer ’18 (CLAS) examines aquaponic lettuce growing in a greenhouse at the Spring Valley Student Farm on April 27, 2018. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Growing with Aquaponics at UConn

A new student-led aquaponics system at the Spring Valley Farm is proving fertile ground for research and interdisciplinary projects in addition to fresh produce.

Undergraduate Anna Regan takes part in an introductory course for physics majors held in a newly renovated physics classroom where students are learning concepts through hands-on activities integrated into lectures. (Garrett Spahn '18 (CLAS)/UConn Photo)

A Hands-on Approach to Learning Physics

Take a peek inside a newly renovated physics classroom where students are learning concepts through hands-on activities integrated into lectures.