Author: Larson, Matthew

American environmentalism’s racist roots have shaped global thinking about conservation

September 2, 2020 | The Conversation | By Prakash Kashwan, Associate Professor of Political Science | The United States is having a long-overdue national reckoning with racism. From criminal justice to pro sports to pop culture, Americans increasingly are recognizing how racist ideas have influenced virtually every sphere of life in this country.

Coronavirus gets dangerously close to isolated ‘Arrow People’ in Amazon

August 18, 2020 | National Geographic | By Scott Wallace, Associate Professor of Journalism. Amid rising alarm that the novel coronavirus has reached deep into the Amazon rainforest, threatening isolated tribes, Brazil’s Supreme Court this month unanimously ruled in favor of Indigenous people’s demands to force the government to protect them from the pandemic.

Technion Partners with UConn on Clean Energy

Jul 14, 2020 | American Technion Society Hydrogen fuel cells hold exciting potential as an emissions-free energy carrier, but they are prohibitively expensive to manufacture. Technion scientists in collaboration with the University of Connecticut (UConn) are working on a project that could advance the commercialization of these highly efficient fuel cells, allowing people to travel longer distances and leaving a smaller carbon footprint.

Kathryn Libal Reappointed as HRI Director

July 7, 2020 | Vice President of Global Affairs Daniel Weiner announced the reappointment of Associate Professor of Social Work and Human Rights Kathryn Libal to a second five year term as Director of the Human Rights Institute (HRI) effective July 1, 2020.

“In the five years since taking over the directorship, Kathy has expanded HRI’s academic, research, and teaching portfolio while also building strong relationships with faculty, staff, students and donors,” notes Weiner, “She is well known in human rights circles and provides national leadership on working with persecuted scholars, human rights practitioners, and refugees.”

BOT Distinguished Professor Katharina von Hammerstein

June 25, 2020 | Professor Katharina von Hammerstein’s recent recognition as one of three Distinguished Professors by UConn’s Board of Trustees, was very well received by the UConn community. Professor von Hammerstein’s expertise is acknowledged internationally and she frequently attends and presents at conferences in the U.S. and abroad.