Jaclyn Severance

Jaclyn (Falkowski) Severance has worked in communications and public relations in the state of Connecticut for more than 15 years. 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. Jaclyn earned a degree in communications, emphasizing in journalism, from the University of Hartford, studied photography at the Hartford Art School, 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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A young woman walks on an unpaved pathway through a stretch of land in Sri Lanka that is bordered on the left by rocks and on the right by open field. A fog settles over the hills in the distance.

My Eye-Opening Nursing Placement in Sri Lanka

UConn Nursing graduate Teresa Lynders '17 (NUR) recently traveled to Kandy, Sri Lanka, on a nursing internship to see the differences between healthcare in the U.S. and the developing world.

The inside of a tanning bed.

Popular Gyms Undermining Health with Tanning Beds, UConn Researcher Says

Three popular national gyms are putting a 'health halo' on a dangerous practice by offering tanning beds to customers, UConn researchers say.

A UConn School of Nursing CEIN/BS graduate, sitting with her peers, facing the stage at the Jorgensen Center, raises her hands to cheer when her campus is announced.

CEIN/BS Students Celebrate Pinning, Commencement

On December 12, 2019, students from four UConn campuses – Avery Point, Waterbury, Stamford, and Storrs – gathered with their friends, family, and faculty at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts to celebrate the newest graduates from the School of Nursing’s CEIN/BS program. In total, 142 graduates earned their pins and certificates and embarked on the next steps in their nursing careers.

A treehopper insect with a colorful, triangular "helmet."

UConn Study: Wing Genes Responsible for Tiny Treehopper’s Extraordinary Helmet

A study by UConn researchers sheds new light on how the distinctive "helmets" of treehopper insects evolved.

A man holding a bottle of sun tan lotion.

UConn Gets “Skin Smart,” Earns National Skin Cancer Prevention Recognition

UConn is one of just 11 universities to win the distinction of being a Platinum-level Skin Smart Campus for its dedication to preventing skin cancer.

A man in a cherrypicker with an orange power saw, trimming evergreen branches

Enhanced Tree Trimming Reduces Storm-Related Power Outages, UConn Study Finds

A new study found that regular tree trimming reduces power outages caused by downed transmission lines.

A fence topped with razor wire outside York County Detention Center in York, Pa.

UConn ‘Angels’ Bring Legal, Mental Health Aid to Asylum-Seekers

UConn students, faculty members, and alumni from across a range of disciplines come together each year to provide aid to asylum-seekers at two federal detention centers in Pennsylvania.

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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 […]