Sheila Foran

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A polar bear walks on the Arctic Ocean ice, Aug. 21, 2009. (U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Photo)

Going, Going, Gone: Toxic Change

A UConn researcher is studying how global warming has changed the diet of Arctic marine mammals, and the impact of pollution at the top of the food chain.

Mark Urban, researcher of ecology and evolutionary biology, holds an Arctic grayling in Alaska.

Going, Going, Gone: A Fish Tale

Mark Urban's research on a key species of fish in the Arctic is a wake-up call that environmental policies need to change.

Yaowu Yuan, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, examines Monkey Flowers in the research greenhouse on top of the Torrey Life Sciences Building. (Ryan Glista '16 (CLAS)/UConn Photo)

How Monkey Flowers Attract Both Birds and Bees

UConn researchers have identified a gene that's responsible for the colors and patterns attracting different pollinators to different species.

Brian Kelleher at work at the Lakeside Building on Feb. 18, 2016. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Full-Time Student Meets Full-Time Employee

Brian Kelleher '17 (SFA) successfully combines dual roles as a student and a web developer for University Communications.

A colorful pigment found in shrimp and flamingoes shows promise in the control and prevention of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. (Sean Flynn/UConn Image)

Colorful Pigment Plays Role in Combating Liver Disease

A pigment that gives shrimp and flamingoes their color may help control and prevent non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Graphic representing reading and the brain. (Christa Tubach/UConn Image)

How the Human Brain Reads – In Any Language

UConn researchers find that what happens inside the human brain when reading is the same, no matter what the language or script.

Graphic representing emotions and the brain. (Christa Tubach/UConn Image)

Brain-Imaging Technology Reveals Hidden Emotions

UConn's new fMRI scanner shows that areas of the brain literally ‘light up’ when people respond to emotional cues.

Professor Xiaohui Zhao in his lab on Jan. 29, 2016. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria May Have Met Their Match

UConn researchers have identified a sentinel protein that helps explain why some antibiotics don’t work.

Graphic showing mid-ocean ridge. (Source: adapted from

Activity on Seafloor Linked to Icy Ebb and Flow on Surface

Hydrothermal activity along mid-ocean ridges helps explain why ice ages come and go, according to a UConn marine scientist.

A construction worker's hard hat with a sticker noting that the workers had received training on the protection of the amphibians that live along the new road. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

UConn Creates a Safe Path for Salamanders to Cross the Road

UConn environmental engineers, planners, and ecologists have made provisions for more than just vehicular traffic during construction of the North Hillside Road extension.