Meet graduate student Yuxiang Wang

Yuxiang Wang stands in front of a military jet.
Yuxiang Wang

Yuxiang Wang first became interested in science during a middle school biology course when he found himself intrigued with biological processes. Recently, his vaccine research has refocused from tick-borne diseases to the COVID-19 virus, and for the first time in his career he feels a sense of urgency and importance to work that could contribute to a vaccine. In the future, he hopes to find a university position that includes teaching and research. Here’s what he had to say about his experiences at UConn. Continue reading

Athletic trainer’s research examines work-life balance

Stephanie Singe with sons Camden and Beckett
Stephanie Singe with sons Camden and Beckett

Associate Professor of Kinesiology Stephanie Singe was a doctoral student when she hit a critical moment in her professional development. As a teaching assistant, she heard many of her students share their thoughts of leaving the athletic training field upon graduating. When she talked with her students about their reasons, some patterns emerged.

“A lot that came up,” said Singe in a 2018 interview with the Journal of Athletic Training, “was ‘I can’t have a family,’ ‘I’m not going to have enough time to do the things I want to if I’m going to be an athletic trainer full time.’” Singe was well aware of the demands of the profession of athletic training; at the time, she was working long hours as an athletic trainer in addition to pursuing a Ph.D. The demands of the job were making it difficult for some of her students to balance their work and personal life, so in response, Singe decided to turn the focus of her dissertation to work-family conflict for athletic trainers. Continue reading

Image of the week

Image of a SARS-CoV-2 virus-like particle
Image of a SARS-CoV-2 virus-like particle (VLP) generated in the lab of Dr. Paulo Verardi (PVS), as viewed by transmission electron microscopy under negative staining. Graduate students Yuxiang Wang and Matthew Costello are producing SARS-CoV-2 VLPs as potential vaccine candidates for COVID-19. Image obtained at the UConn Biosciences Electron Microscopy Laboratory on May 19, 2020 by Yuxiang Wang.

Awards and achievements in CAHNR

Graduate student wins presentation award

Anna Puchkoff
Anna Puchkoff

Anna Puchkoff, a master’s student in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, received the Buck Ketchum Prize for the best graduate student oral presentation at the New England Estuarine Research Society‘s Spring 2020 Virtual Meeting on June 5.

Presentations are judged by a committee on specific criteria within the broad categories of overall effectiveness, scientific content and quality of the presentation. Prizes are awarded if the judges agree that a presentation was outstanding enough quality to warrant special recognition.

Read more about Puchkoff and her research on Naturally.

By Jason M. Sheldon