October 2013

Climate Change Institute at UConn in Groton to be 'World-Class'

01/29/14

Climate Change Institute at UConn in Groton to be 'World-Class'

The new University of Connecticut-affiliated climate change institute “will be a world-class, cutting-edge center that harnesses the research and outreach capabilities of UConn” and converts it “into concrete local actions ... to better adapt to the changing climate,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said.

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Tensions Heighten Between Hamden and Quinnipiac University; $6 Million in Taxes?

01/20/14

Tensions Heighten Between Hamden and Quinnipiac University; $6 Million in Taxes?

A “property assessment report” calculated that the university would owe the town $8 million in property taxes; when subtracted from the PILOT reimbursement, the difference is approximately $6 million.

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Six Connecticut Teachers Win Ronald McDonald House Charities Local Hero Awards

01/13/14

Six Connecticut Teachers Win Ronald McDonald House Charities Local Hero Awards

“The selected teachers from Connecticut and Western Massachusetts have all exhibited tremendous dedication to their profession and outstanding efforts in servicing their schools and communities,” the Ronald McDonald House Charities says online in a post about the awards."

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Connecticut Family's Touchdown Pass: Football as Arena for Improving Young Lives

01/09/14

Connecticut Family's Touchdown Pass: Football as Arena for Improving Young Lives

Frank DiCocco created The REAL Man Character Development Program (Respect all people, Especially women, Always do the right thing, and Live a life that matters) that features 20 lesson plans to teach youth how to understand right from wrong and make the right choice when faced with a decision.

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Simsbury Helped Shape Martin Luther King Jr.; Students Crusade for Memorial

01/08/14

Simsbury Helped Shape Martin Luther King Jr.; Students Crusade for Memorial

With the nation set to pause Jan. 20 to observe the birthday of the Civil Rights leader (he was born Jan. 15, 1929), a group of approximately 14 students in Simsbury, working as the MLK in CT Memorial Committee, continues to work to spread the word that King spent two summers working on a tobacco farm in Simsbury.

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Connecticut Considers Taking Private Money for Public Education

01/07/14

Connecticut Considers Taking Private Money for Public Education

The Connecticut Department of Education is considering offers to support the promotion and implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS), but to date has not received any “philanthropic” money, Commissioner Stefan Pryor said.

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Yale MBA Students Win Business Plan Award for ‘App’ on No-Show Patients

12/26/13

Yale MBA Students Win Business Plan Award for ‘App’ on No-Show Patients

This tool would allow medical offices overbook appointments in a smarter way by incorporating likely no-shows into that process. All offices overbook, but if it isn’t done with a certain amount of thought it doesn’t help at all

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Afghan Student Has Westover Classmates Skype With Kabul; Somalia Next

12/13/13

Afghan Student Has Westover Classmates Skype With Kabul; Somalia Next

For about 30 minutes Nov. 8, according to a Westover release, Farahnaz and Kate Taylor, Westover’s Interim Director of Global Programs, were joined by more than 15 other students and three faculty members for the Skype session with 20 students from the School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA) in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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"Murder One" Actress Honored for Hartford Scholarships That Empower Young Women

12/02/13

"Murder One" Actress Honored for Hartford Scholarships That Empower Young Women

The former resident of Los Angeles, who now divides her time between a pied-à-terre in Manhattan and a country house in the Gaylordsville section of New Milford, is about to receive a special honor in Connecticut for her latest—and perhaps most enduring—role.

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Connecticut Professor Empowers Girls in a Former Soviet State, Bulgaria

11/22/13

Connecticut Professor Empowers Girls in a Former Soviet State, Bulgaria

“I’m interested in the social, economic and political aspects of inequality, particularly in regards to gender, health and education,” said Dr. Jeean Hatcherson. “I believe in providing people with opportunities for experiential learning.”

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West Haven Student Aiding Typhoon-Ravaged Philippines; Family Bonds Paramount

11/15/13

West Haven Student Aiding Typhoon-Ravaged Philippines; Family Bonds Paramount

Any effort to help, no matter how small, is worthwhile, Geordann Daguplo believes, so when Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, where he has dozens of family members, Daguplo, a 17-year-old West Haven High School senior, went into action.

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Brazilian 'Supermoms' Launching STEM Enrichment Venture in Greenwich, Zaniac

11/13/13

Brazilian 'Supermoms' Launching STEM Enrichment Venture in Greenwich, Zaniac

Two high-achieving Brazilian moms who live in Greenwich are about to launch a STEM enrichment business in their hometown called Zaniac.

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At Yale, Iran, Drone Technology, Snowden Discussed by Obama's Former National Security Advisor

11/05/13

At Yale, Iran, Drone Technology, Snowden Discussed by Obama's Former National Security Advisor

In a talk at Yale University Monday, President Barack Obama’s former national security advisor offered an insider’s view of the planet’s most critical, regular chat: the president’s daily security briefing.

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Very Short Films, Big Impact: Pomfret School's Arts Focus Gilded by Festival Nov. 16

11/04/13

Very Short Films, Big Impact: Pomfret School's Arts Focus Gilded by Festival Nov. 16

With a mission that positions the arts within the heart of providing the best education possible for its 360 students from all over the world, and preparing them to excel at the nation’s top colleges and universities, the private Pomfret School in northeastern Connecticut is the perfect venue for an event taking place Nov. 16, The Short Short Story Film Festival.

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Connecticut Musical Theater Group Has Unique (Kitchen Tour) Recipe for Raising Funds

11/01/13

Connecticut Musical Theater Group Has Unique (Kitchen Tour) Recipe for Raising Funds

Six kitchens in Kent and Cornwall will be open to the public Nov. 2 as part of a kitchen tour to benefit the Housatonic Musical Theatre Society.

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Yale's 'Father' of 'Green' Chemistry Leads Project Seeking Less Toxic Chemicals

10/26/13

Yale's 'Father' of 'Green' Chemistry Leads Project Seeking Less Toxic Chemicals

Yale University is heading up a $4.4 million project aimed at creating less toxic chemicals across a wide spectrum of products, processes and services.

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Housatonic Museum of Art's Student Peer Docent Program Helps Develop Young Teachers

10/23/13

Housatonic Museum of Art's Student Peer Docent Program Helps Develop Young Teachers

This fall, 45 Bridgeport school students are getting to share in a unique learning experience: Training for nine weeks to become "experts" in Bridgeport architecture, and then guiding tours around the city for their classmates, during which they get to share their knowledge.

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Arts Fund Connects Taft School Students With Master Furniture Maker; Exhibit Open to Public

10/22/13

Arts Fund Connects Taft School Students With Master Furniture Maker; Exhibit Open to Public

Private schools are known for providing students with advantages, and one fine example that’s not among the most obvious is currently on display at The Taft School in Watertown.

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