In August, Marie Shanahan ’94 (CLAS), an award-winning print and online journalist who has taught at UConn since 2011, became just the third department head in the program’s nearly 60-year history. 

Shanahan – who in 2022 will conduct research in the Philippines as a Fulbright US Scholar – recently spoke with UConn Today about the state of the news industry, the opportunities for experimentation that exist at UConn, and why the skills that make good journalists are more valuable now than ever.

Now she shares what UConn’s journalism program looked like in the past, and how it is uniquely prepared

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After half an hour’s windswept journey on foot and by boat through a craggy forested estuary to the school he attends in remote southern Chile, Diego Guerrero can access the internet.

His school is located in the hamlet of Sotomo, about 1,000km (620 miles) south of the capital Santiago in the region of Los Lagos and inhabited by just 20 families.

A rain-drenched scattering of brightly painted wood and tin houses, Sotomo stands out against a mist-swathed row of rocky outcrops jutting out into the Pacific Ocean. It can be accessed only by boat.

For decades, its inhabitants have survived

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Researchers Renata Konrad and Kyumin Lee are part of a team that is bringing together law enforcement, scientists, and policy makers to develop a research agenda aimed at detecting and thwarting wildlife trafficking.

Konrad, associate professor in WPI’s Business School, and Lee, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, are co-principal investigators on the 18-month project, which is funded by a $265,998 National Science Foundation planning grant. Principal investigator is Meredith Gore, associate professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences at University of Maryland, College Park.

Wildlife trafficking involves the illegal capture and trade of protected animals and their

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In fall 2019, a new class, 6.S898/12.S992 (Climate Change Seminar), arrived at MIT. It was, at the time, the only course in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) to tackle the science of climate change. The class covered climate models and simulations alongside atmospheric science, policy, and economics.

Ron Rivest, MIT Institute Professor of Computer Science, was one of the class’s three instructors, with Alan Edelman of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and John Fernández of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. “Computer scientists have much to contribute to climate science,” Rivest says. 

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — HubSpot, the customer relationship management (CRM) platform for scaling companies, and Envato, the world-leading online community for creative assets, tools and talent, today announced the launch of more than 250 high quality and diverse website themes on Envato Market, all made specifically for the HubSpot CMS Hub.

Designed by Envato’s internationally recognized community of professional theme developers, the new templates offer a wide variety of ways for businesses to customize their online presence, whether they use a multi-purpose theme or something more niche to their industry.


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While residents of a South San Francisco mobile home park went years with poor internet, Minnesota-based wireless technology company Kwikbit was able to connect the whole park in 30 minutes with lines that were already there, which is a task the company is taking on in several locations.

Joe Costello

“There was fiber cable sitting in that mobile home park for over a decade. The fiber got sold to different companies over time. No one would hook up the people, and the guys that owned the fiber said we’re not going to hook up the people, it’s too expensive,” said

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