Research & Discovery

Common Gene Mutation May Raise Risk of Heart Disease

A common mutation in a gene that regulates cholesterol levels may raise the risk of heart disease in carriers, a UConn Health study has found.

Male parents with a baby. (iStock Photo)

Study: Negative Findings for Children of Gay Parents Don’t Hold up to Scrutiny

A new study co-authored by a UConn sociologist says a widely cited study arguing that same-sex parents don't make good parents is seriously flawed.

Academic Vision

UConn Invests $10 Million in Support of Academic Vision

The University is supporting faculty-led initiatives through the allocation of nearly $10 million in grants.

More than two-thirds of the mountain ranges in the world are not pyramid-shaped, a new study finds. In addition to pyramid-shaped mountains like the Alps (top left), mountains may be diamond-shaped like the Rockies (top right), hourglass-shaped like the Himalayas (bottom right), or even shaped like upside-down pyramids, like the Kunlun mountains of Asia (bottom left). (Images courtesy of Morgan Tingley, Paul Elsen, and Nature Climate Change)

Mountain Shape Affects Species’ Response to Climate Change

A new study by researchers at UConn and Princeton turns our idea of what mountains look like literally upside-down, with consequences for species extinctions.

Celebrities’ Birth Dates Cluster at Certain Points in Year

Chances of achieving celebrity increase for those born under a 'wet' sign such as Aquarius or Pisces or 'fixed' sign – Aquarius, Taurus, Leo, or Scorpio – study says.

A brain bit grown in Stormy Chamberlain’s lab. The neural stem cells are red, neurons green, and the nuclei blue. (Noelle Germain/UConn Photo)

Walking with Angelman, From the Cellular to the Human

Researcher Stormy Chamberlain studies the genetic basis of brain disorders, but she never forgets the families who have a personal stake in her work.

Overweight people walking down a city street. (Photo courtesy of the Rudd Center)

Rudd Center Study Finds Support For Obesity Designation as Disease

The Center's opinion survey is the first since the American Medical Association classified obesity as a disease in 2013.

Mark Urban with a sheet of aufeis in Alaska. aufeis in northern Alaska. Aufeis is ice that forms as layers on streams in winter, and is declining as the region becomes warmer. (Photo courtesy of Mark Urban)

Regions at Greatest Risk for Species Extinction the Least Studied

Most previous studies have centered on North America and Europe, whereas South America, Australia, and New Zealand are at greatest risk for species loss.

JJ Bivona '16 (CLAS) in the lab on April 16, 2015. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

#WhyWeAreHuskies: Being a Student-Athlete

A video profile of biology major and football player JJ Bivona '15 (CLAS) is the fifth and final in this year's week-long series.

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Trustees Approve Contract with Union Representing Graduate Assistants

The three-year collective bargaining contract now goes to the state General Assembly.