Research & Discovery

Myles Mocarski '16 (SFA) plays violin during a rehearsal of the University Symphony Orchestra at von der Mehden Recital Hall on Nov. 16, 2015. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

From Practice to Performance: UConn’s Concerto Competition

The competition culminates in a concert this Thursday at von der Mehden Recital Hall.

Professor Heidi Dierssen (right) and Ph.D. candidate Brandon Russell (left) use a custom-built dive spectrometer to measure the way light reflects and depolarizes the light from coral reefs in Curacao. (Jeff/Godfrey/UConn Photo)

Hiding in Plain Sight: Camouflage in Open Ocean Fish

A new study of how open ocean fish use polarized light waves shows there’s more to camouflage than meets the eye.

Nichole Broderick, assistant professor of molecular and cell biology gives instructions to students in a microbiology lab at the Torrey Life Sciences Building on Nov. 10, 2015. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Students Search the Soil for New Antibiotics

Antibiotic resistance is up, antibiotic drug discovery is down. Some UConn undergraduates are a part of the search for potential new antibiotics.

Baritone Ryan Burns, a graduate student, in rehearsal with members of the Jessica Lang Dance Co. at Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

‘The Wanderer’ Combines Classical Music with Contemporary Dance

Baritone Ryan Burns, a graduate student, will perform a Schubert song cycle as soloist with the innovative Jessica Lang Dance Co.

A baby crying. UConn researchers are investigating how the brain distinguishes the sounds made in communication. (iStock Photo)

The Difference Between Laughing and Crying

UConn neuroscience researchers are examining how the human brain makes distinctions between subtle but important differences in sound.

Undergraduate researcher Brendan Smalec in Rachel O'Neill's lab on Oct. 30, 2015. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

An Undergrad Discovers Some Sticky DNA – and a New Vocation

Part of a successful university experience is being open to change. Brendan Smalec's story is a case in point.


A glimpse into various fields of research across many of UConn's campuses.

Samples of a gel that increases the efficiency of solar electric panels on Sept. 18, 2015. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Boosting the Efficiency of Solar Panels

UConn chemistry professor Challa Kumar has developed a substance that enhances the ability of solar cells to absorb energy from sunlight.

A device to analyze blood for sickle cell disease on Oct. 13, 2015. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

An Easy Test for Sickle Cell Disease

A new device that can be attached to a smartphone uses magnetism to detect sickle cell disease – a critical need in regions of the world where advanced technology and training are scarce.

Natalie Munro, professor of anthropology, at her lab in Beach Hall on Oct. 20, 2015. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

A Bare Bones Approach to Understanding Human Behavior

Anthropologist Natalie Munro has assembled a collection of animal bones from archaeological digs and recent roadkill for teaching students about long ago societies.