Jaclyn Severance

Jaclyn (Falkowski) Severance has worked in communications and public relations in the state of Connecticut for more than a decade. She served as the director of communications and primary spokesperson for the Connecticut Office of the Attorney General before joining University Communications. She also previously served as the communications director for the Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee, as a press secretary for the Connecticut General Assembly’s Senate Democratic Caucus, and as the associate editor of Connecticut Lawyer magazine. A Connecticut native, Jaclyn earned a degree in communications, emphasizing in journalism, from the University of Hartford and interned as a staff writer with the Hartford Courant. She and her husband and son live on a small, family farm in Connecticut’s Quiet Corner where they raise cashmere goats. Her beat includes human rights, entrepreneurship and innovation, social work, behavioral sciences, and campus life.

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NYC Ridesharing Study Has Implications for Policymakers

A new UConn study found that ridesharing services are changing New York City, especially in neighborhoods that are typically home to minority and low-income people who do not own vehicles of their own.

UConn researchers Linda Pescatello, distinguished profesor of kinesiology, left, and postdoctoral fellow Amanda Zaleski. (Contributed Photo)

Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Helps Get Patients with Hypertension Moving, Study Says

The researchers say blood pressure self-monitoring is an effective behavioral strategy to help patients with hypertension stick with an exercise program.

Social work student Tess Leone '20 MSW is an intern at U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal's office in Hartford. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Social Work Students on ‘Front Lines’ in Connecticut’s Congressional Offices

In October 2018, a Connecticut family celebrated the end of their seven-month stay at a church in Old Lyme. The parents, who had lived in New Britain for 18 years, sought sanctuary at the church when a federal deportation order threatened to send them to Pakistan after years spent struggling to obtain legal status. Their […]

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Mobile Crisis Service Reduces Youth ER Visits for Behavioral Health Needs, Says Study

Youth served by Mobile Crisis had a 22 percent reduction in their rate of risk for subsequent emergency room visits during the 18 months following the intervention, according to the UConn study.

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Please, Thank You, and the Impact of Online Politeness

A new UConn study shows answers to questions asked on the internet are more likely to be seen as high quality if they are perceived as polite, regardless of whether the information is actually useful or helpful.

UConn graduate student, Mohamed Sharafeldin, holds a unique pipette tip created with a 3D printer. May 16, 2019. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

New 3D-Printed Technology Lowers Cost of Common Medical Test

'Anything that can be run by normal ELISA can be run by this, with the advantage of being less expensive, much faster, and accessible,' says UConn's Mohamed Sharafeldin.

Students attend a Career Fair in Gampel Pavilion. (Ryan Glista/UConn Photo)

Career Outlook 2019: Soft Skills are the Name of the Game for Employers

“The people who have the most creativity, great communication skills … it’s just as important as the technical skills,” says Daniel Murphy ’06 (BUS) of Synchrony, who recruits UConn students.

At right, Vanessa Rosa ’19 (CLAS) and April play Connect Four in Sprague Residence Hall. Vanessa and April are part of the Best Buddies/STAAR program where undergraduate students are mentors to young adults with developmental disabilities. April 26, 2019. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

STAAR: The Unique Class in the Basement of UConn’s Sprague Hall

'We benefit just as much from this interaction ... as the S.T.A.A.R. students do,' says Inge-Marie Eigsti of UConn's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The Keney Memorial Clock Tower in Hartford. (Tom Rettig/UConn Photo)

Students Use Modern Engineering to Restore Historic Hartford Tower

Keney Memorial Clock Tower's original chimes are now ringing again, thanks to a partnership between UConn and the City of Hartford.

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UConn Researchers to Help Design Resilient, Deep-Space Habitats

UConn researchers will be on the front line of a NASA-funded effort to advance the design of resilient, deep-space habitats for inhospitable environments such as the Moon.