Thursday, February 21, 2013

Filburn on New England Cable News, UHSSE Teacher on NBC Connecticut, Crosbie in Hartford Courant, and More

The unveiling of a sub-scale See-Thru Nuclear Power Plant, a major new teaching tool in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture, was highlighted on Friday, Feb. 15, in news stories on NBC Connecticut and on New England Cable News. The story included interviews with Tom Filburn, professor of mechanical engineering; Peter Lyons, assistant secretary for nuclear energy with the U.S. Department of Energy; and Tanya Parwani-Jaime from the nuclear education grant program of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The story also included an interview with graduate student Jason Smith, who was part of the team of students, both undergraduate and graduate, who designed and built this See-Thru Nuclear Power Plant under Filburn’s guidance and direction.

Theresa Vara-Dannen, history teacher at the University High School of Science and Engineering, and her students
were featured in an NBC Connecticut “Making the Grade” feature that was broadcast on the Wednesday, Feb. 6, 6 p.m. newscast and on the Thursday, Feb. 7, morning news show. Vara-Dannen, who was named the 2012 Connecticut State History Teacher of the Year, has had students in her college-level American Studies class researching the lives of relatively unknown, but historically significant African-American figures from Connecticut's past. So far, about 30 students who participated in the project have had their work accepted for publication in the African-American National Biography, with is edited by Dr. Henry Louis Gates of Harvard University and published by Oxford University. Click here to watch the story.

Michael Crosbie, chairman of the architecture department in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture, wrote an opinion article for the Hartford Courant about the impact of the new Hartford Public Safety Complex on the city’s Clay-Arsenal neighborhood. Read the article, which was published on Thursday, Feb. 14.

The sudden passing Kevin Gray, associate professor of theatre at The Hartt School and a noted Broadway actor, was noted in a number of publications on Tuesday, Feb 12, including Broadway World.

There also were a number of news stories regarding the death of Jackie Kastrinelis, a 2010 graduate of The Hartt School, who was working as a singer on a cruise ship out of Australia. There were stories on Tuesday, Feb. 5, locally on FOX CT News, WTIC Radio, and the Hartford Courant and nationally, including this article in the Daily Mail.

Matt Dwonszyk, a student in the jazz performance program at The Hartt School, was featured in a “Cool Justice Report” that was published in the New Haven Register on Tuesday, Feb. 12, and in the Middletown Press and Torrington Register Citizen on Monday, Feb. 11.

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