Author: Brook Perrigo



Graduate Assistants, ELIGIBLE Graduate Interns, AND ELIGIBLE Graduate Fellows who are currently enrolled in the Connecticut Partnership Plan 


Open Enrollment (April 15- May 15) allows continuing Graduate Assistants, eligible Graduate Interns, and eligible Graduate Fellows to make changes to their existing medical and dental plan elections, including making changes for their eligible dependents, without providing proof of a qualifying life event. Elections or changes made during Open Enrollment are effective September 1, 2019. Any member adding a dependent to their insurance is required to provide proof of the relationship, such as a marriage certificate for a spouse or a long-form birth certificate for a child


Please note: After May 15, 2019, there will not be an opportunity to make changes to your insurance elections without a verified qualifying life event.


Graduate Assistants, Graduate Interns, and Graduate Fellows who have not received confirmation of continuation for the 2019-2020 Academic Year and wish to make a change should do so now in the event they are continued.* If you have received confirmation of an appointment continuation from your employing department and do not wish to make any changes, you are not required to take any action to continue your existing coverage.


Open Enrollment information, including FAQs and rates, is available on the Human Resources website.

Participate in Open Enrollment


Dates Available

Open Enrollment Form

April 15-May 15

eBenefits Self-Service

April 22-May 1

For questions regarding Open Enrollment, please contact the Benefits and HR Services Unit of the Department of Human Resources at or by telephone at 860-486-3034.

*Continuation of employment does NOT qualify for a status change to make elections/changes to your coverage. Examples of qualified status changes include birth/adoption of a child, marriage, divorce, and loss of coverage. If you have questions, contact Human Resources to verify if your life event

Free workshop: The Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH)

Free Workshop: The Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study Data User Workshop: Making Nationally Representative Inferences from the PATH Study Data

Dates and Location: August 12 & 13, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructors: Katy Edwards (Westat) and Jean Opsomer (Westat)

The PATH Study is a household-based, nationally representative, longitudinal cohort study of approximately 46,000 adults and youth (ages 12 and up) in the United States. The study was launched in 2011 to inform the FDA’s regulatory activities under the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. This free workshop will consist of a brief overview of the PATH study and detailed discussion of sample design and weights for all types of PATH study data files (including youth, adult, biomarker, and state identifier data files). Participants will also gain hands-on experience working with the data and understanding the weighted results.

The focus of this workshop will be on understanding and using the PATH study data files, not on a specific analytic approach. The workshop will be a combination of lecture, discussion, and hands-on exercises.

The course is designed for academic faculty and research professionals as well as for graduate students interested in tobacco regulatory science and/or tobacco biomarkers of exposure. Participants should be comfortable with data analysis software and quantitative research methods. All examples and exercises will utilize SAS statistical software, although participants may use the software of their choice. The workshop will include two full days of instruction and exercises. To get the most out of the workshop, participants should plan to attend both full days.

Prerequisites: Participants should have a basic understanding of secondary data organization and manipulation, fundamental data analysis skills, working knowledge of a statistical software package (e.g., SAS, Stata, and R) and a substantive interest in tobacco regulatory research.

Application: Admission to this workshop is competitive. Enrollment is limited. Apply using the ICPSR Summer Program portal. Please upload the following documents with your application:

  • Current curriculum vita with a select list of publications. Please highlight your research interests and any experience and/or coursework relevant to the PATH study summer workshop, particularly prior experience with tobacco research and/or quantitative analytic methods.
  • Research project description. Priority will be given to applicants whose project description indicates interest in using the PATH Study data for tobacco regulatory research. The project description should include references to theory or historical context, how the project extends what is presently known, and why the PATH Study data are needed for the project.

Application Deadline: May 10, 2019.

Workshop sponsored by the National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program.

For more information, contact the ICPSR Summer Program at or (734) 763-7400.

President’s Series on Teaching Excellence

This is the 4th year for this series and our featured speaker will be Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of English Gina Barreca   As you may know, President Herbst launched this initiative 4 years ago as part of our ongoing commitment to help promote teaching excellence among faculty and teaching assistants. Her thinking then as now, was that having opportunities to learn from some of UConn’s best scholar-teachers would be particularly valuable for our TA’s intent on pursuing academic careers.

RSVP: Register here:

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019:   4:00 pm – 5:00 pm           Konover Auditorium      Wine and Cheese reception – 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Why Teaching Matters, or Why I Never Turn My Back on a Class  (Gina Barreca )
Students do not have to make you happy; that’s not their job. You don’t need to make them happy; that’s not your job. Their job is to understand what you’re teaching them and your job is to know precisely why they need to know what you’re teaching them. You’re the authority not because you’re in control of the situation, but because you can provide what they’ll need to carry with them for the rest of their lives. Educating students is about more than just giving them information. It’s about providing context, perspective and illumination.

[BIRC Speaker Series] Michele Diaz – 5/1 @ 1:30pm

We are delighted to announce that Professor Michele Diaz, will join us from Pennsylvania State University on Wednesday, May 1st at 1:30pm in Arjona 307 to give her talk: Evidence of age-related phonological impairments in language production. Her current work examines age-related differences in language. Specifically, neural factors that contribute to age-related retention (semantics) and decline (phonology) that have been observed in language production. For more details, including the abstract for this talk, please see the attached flyer.

*If you would like to meet with Professor Diaz on the day of her visit, please send an email to asap*


April 8, 9, Lang&Cogntion and ECOM talks: : Peter Langland-Hassan


 Guest Prof. Peter Langland-Hassan of the University of Cincinnati. Langland-Hassan has done very interesting work in both philosophy and psychology, and is engaged in exciting interdisciplinary research projects with philosophical roots. He will be giving two talks (see below). HE’d be happy to meet to discuss any of his work. There are still a couple of slots available to meet with him on Tuesday (at UCHI). If you’d like to meet with him, or join dinner on Mon or Tues please contact to arrange it and cc

  1. A Role for Inner Speech in Abstract Thought:  Results from People with Aphasia, Monday April 8, 3:30-5, Arjona 307 (The Language and Cognition Brown Bag)

Peter Langland-Hassan, Aimee Dietz, Michael J. Richardson, Frank R. Faries, and Maxwell Gatyas

What cognitive roles are played by inner speech (or “the little voice in the head”)?  Were we to lose inner speech altogether, are there non-linguistic cognitive tasks that would become more difficult, or even impossible?  I begin with some theoretical background on the relations among inner speech, thought, and language more generally.  Next, our team’s efforts at developing objective measures for assessing inner speech abilities in a population with outer speech deficits are described.  Some of this evidence suggests that inner speech can be more severely affected by stroke than outer speech.  Results from a proprietary semantic memory task, developed for the experiment, are then described.  Each trial of this task was initially normed for a level of “abstractness.”  As would be expected, people with aphasia, on average, scored lower than matched controls across all semantic memory trials.  Interestingly, however, the aphasic population showed proportionately more pronounced difficulties as the trials grew more abstract in nature.  This suggests an especially strong role for language (and inner speech) in specific kinds of categorization tasks that are not overtly language-involving.

  1. Explaining Imagination:  A Reductive Account, Tuesday April 9, 4:30-6, UCHI Seminar Room (Babbidge Lib 4th floor)

It is a truth universally acknowledged that imagination is a primitive mental state type, irreducible to other mental state types.   This is, at least, “one of four basic claims about imagination that enjoy near universal agreement” (Kind, 2016)[1].  I will challenge this orthodox view, arguing that imagination can in fact be reduced to, and explained in terms of, one’s being other kinds of familiar folk psychological mental states.  The full case for this account is developed in a book I am now completing.  Today I simply aim to clear space for the approach by undermining the most commonly voiced—and seemingly most decisive—reasons for thinking that imagination is irreducible to other mental state types. 

CCC Flyer

(For another reminderRegistration for ECOM’s Spring Workshop Communication, Context, Conversation will close April 15. (See attached flyer.) You can register here.

Graduate Seminar in Academic Writing- April 2019

Greetings from the Writing Center,

The second iteration of our 5-week Graduate Seminar in Academic Writing for Spring 2019 is coming up and you can apply for it now if you are interested. The in-person sessions run on Tuesdays, 2pm-4pm, between April 2nd and April 30th. Here is the announcement with the details and the application link:

Spring Break Dissertation Boot Camp – Writing Center

Spring Break Writing Boot Camp

Monday, March 18th, to Thursday, March 21st, 9am – 4pm

Storrs Campus, Pharmacy Library

NEW SIGN-UP OPTIONS! You can now sign up for 2-, 3-, or 4-day boot camps!

Maintaining momentum on your writing can be tough, but making a commitment to structured writing time can help. Writing in the presence of others can also bring a sense of solidarity and productivity that can get you through even the toughest projects.

Participants will arrive with their writing projects on and their laptops, along with any notes or books. There will not be any tutoring or any lectures. The point is simply to make a commitment to sustained writing time and to generating pages.

Space is limited and preference will be given to 4-day participants. To reserve your spot and to create an incentive for you to write, you must register through Eventbrite and submit a promissory note for $50 (no money will be charged unless you miss the event without a reason; this is done to ensure accountability). An electronic version of the promissory note is now available on the Writing Center website and should be signed and email to Hard copies are also available at the Writing Center. 



For more information, contact: Gali – Writing Center at

Submit Papers for The 7th Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference

The Black Doctoral Network Conference Committee is inviting abstract submissions for the 2019 conference themed “Fostering Change through Scholarship”. This year’s conference addresses the role of change, i. e., social justice and/or activism through scholarship. “Fostering Change through Scholarship” encourages attendees to consider how we can create change across social domains (individual, family, peers, school and neighborhood/community levels) in society via scholarship and to assess the variations of academic knowledge. The theme of the annual meeting asks: How does our work in public and private spaces impact scholarship and the lives of vulnerable populations? How are scholars of color flourishing in marginal spaces and fostering the flourishing of others through activism scholarship? We invite broad engagement between activists, scholar-practitioners and academics that address the conference theme.  Papers that will reflect on this theme are especially encouraged, but we accept submissions on any topic. The Conference will be an interdisciplinary event that brings together academics and professionals from the social sciences, STEM, and humanities to address how we can positively impact and inform each other’s work and engage with our communities. Submission of abstracts from graduate and doctoral students, recent Ph.D. graduates and academic professionals across disciplines are welcome.

Submission Deadline: Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 11:59PM EST.

To submit an abstract visit:


We accept abstracts from (1) individuals who wish to present on a panel and from (2) groups who want to create their own panel. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words typed, double spaced, using a 12pt font. Submissions should be anonymous – please do not include your name or the name of your institution on the document. Include the title of your abstract and note whether it is an individual or a group submission. All group submissions require at least three presenters.

Submitting author will receive a confirmation message upon submitting the abstract. Acceptance announcements will be sent via email in late April to the submitting author. Accepted presenters and co-presenters must register for the conference and confirm their acceptance by June 9, 2019. Failure to register and confirm acceptance by June 1st will result in rescinding acceptance.


Your presentation should describe the purpose, methods and conclusions of your research. You may not submit or take part in more than one panel presentation; presenters may give one and only one paper at the conference. Individual presenters will be assigned to a panel and will have 15 minutes to deliver their presentations. Group presentations will be given 45-60 minutes to deliver their presentations.


In addition to interdisciplinary panel presentations, this conference will have interactive roundtables. Professors and corporate professionals from various fields will converse and give insight on the need for interconnectedness throughout the academy and community. Workshops on handling job talks, grant writing and proposals, balancing relationships, and stress and time management will also be addressed.

For questions regarding the Call for Papers please contact:

Deandra Taylor  at

PhD Scholarship Offer

On behalf of Dr Maria Cordero:

Fully funded PhD scholarship (this project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement): “Age related changes in cognitive and exercise performance under stress” Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

This study will take an interdisciplinary approach and utilizes well established behavioral and cognitive measures, brain imaging and physiological measures. Eligibility To apply: Deadline: Friday 12th April 2019, 23.5 BST.


Join us for the 21st Annual Genes, Brain and Behavior Meeting
University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK May 10th-14th, 2019

Graduate Certificate in College Instruction

The Department of Educational Leadership/CETL is offering a certificate program in college instruction that aims to deepen students’ theoretical and practical knowledge of college instruction, and it is especially relevant for those planning on pursuing academic positions after graduation. We have an upcoming application deadline of 4/1/2019. Students can see how to apply here.