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Examining The Arab Spring

In Research, Students on December 15, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Lara Dotson-Renta (second from left), Jemal Durdyguylyyeva (2nd from right) and Mark Firmani (right) at the annual Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA) conference

Shortly before arriving at Quinnipiac, Dr. Lara Dotson-Renta (Assistant Dean of Career Services/Assistant Professor of Modern Languages) convened a panel at the University of Pennsylvania on October 24 (United Nations Day). The panel, titled “Globalization, Human Rights, and the Arab Spring,” brought together academics and artists to discuss the political and social impact of the uprisings taking place in the Middle East and North Africa since January of this year. The panel discussion was followed by a performance by Syrian-American hip-hop artist Omar Offendum, which highlighted the role of youth and popular music/media in the current regional dialogue.

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Spontaneous Connections

In Students, Teaching on December 5, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Jan Buttram, Artistic Director of the Abingdon Theatre, Kim Sharp, Literary Manager and Associate Artistic Director, and Bara Swain, New York playwright and Dramaturge for the Abingdon, recently conducted a Spontaneous Writing Workshop for Quinnipiac’s Theater program. The program was part an outgrowth of the strong relationship that has developed over the past year between Quinnipiac’s Theater for Community and the Abbington Theater.

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CAS Discovery

In Research, Students on December 1, 2011 at 6:39 pm

QU Graduate Students Discover New Species

When Joanne Jankowski and Kristan Heverin began their master’s thesis work in the Molecular and Cell Biology graduate program, they never expected a seemingly very simple aquatic invertebrate to be so complex and engaging, both physically and intellectually. For their research, Jankowski and Heverin collected and analyzed hundreds of H. azteca from Moodus Reservoir and Upper Bolton Lake in East Haddam and Bolton, Connecticut respectively. Through careful molecular and morphological analysis, they completed the most comprehensive study of H. azteca to date, and provided strong evidence that H. azteca is a cryptic species complex, or in other words, a group of species which look very similar, but are unable to breed with one another.

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