Saturday (January 29) Classes Transitioned to Remote
Due to the predicted snowstorm moving through our area beginning late this evening through tomorrow and the potential for very hazardous driving conditions, all in-person classes tomorrow, Saturday, January 29, will transition to being held on-line or remotely.
Additional information on the virtual format for each class will be provided directly by your individual instructor.
Faculty have been asked to prepare for Online or Remote sessions in the event of in-person meeting cancellations. These options will be determined by the Faculty member and all questions should be directed to the Faculty teaching each course section. Faculty also have been asked to be very understanding and accommodating of the individual situations of their students who may have difficulty managing these alternative online or remote class meetings on short notice.
The COVID-19 Booster clinic scheduled for tomorrow has been moved to Sunday.
Campus services for residential students will be operating on modified schedules tomorrow. Separate messages will be sent from the Peterson Library, the Beckerman Recreation Center, and Dining Services regarding their operational status. All schedule modifications can also be found on MyCharger. Residential students should be prepared to move their vehicles when instructed to do so to facilitate snow clearing operations.
Please note that only those employees, as previously determined by their respective department leaders, should report to campus unless otherwise directed by their supervisor. All other employees should continue to fulfill the requirements of their role remotely.
Students who live in the community and have vehicles must follow the local snow parking orders or their vehicles will be ticketed and towed. West Haven has issued a snow emergency prohibiting on-street parking from 8 p.m. this evening through 8 a.m. Sunday. Please visit the City of West Haven website for more information.
Forensic Science Majors Pursue Groundbreaking Fieldwork in Curaçao
Three students visited the Caribbean island this summer, conducting research as part of their Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship projects and networking with scientists from around the world.
September 19, 2019
By Renee Chmiel, Office of Marketing and Communications
While visiting the Caribbean island of Curaçao this summer, Courtney Newberry ’20 placed pig remains on land and in the ocean so that she and her classmates could monitor them. They studied their decomposition, as well as which animals scavenged them. Newberry compared her data to what she found when conducting similar research in Connecticut.
"I learned how to conduct field research and that it never goes exactly as expected – no matter how much planning goes into it," said Newberry. "The experience enabled me to learn about taphonomy and field research firsthand."
An important component of forensic science, taphonomy is the study of an organism’s decomposition process. Studying decomposition enables forensic scientists to gather important information during an investigation, such as time of death and the impact environmental factors have on decomposition.
"The trip to Curaçao allowed me to work closely with my fellow researchers and with Dr. O'Brien," said Megan Chetner ’20. "Having the ability to openly collaborate with them on this research was incredibly helpful throughout the entire process."
"I hope that this trip has inspired them to go further in their education and become productive members of the global scientific community."R. Christopher O'Brien, Ph.D.
Dr. O’Brien, who accompanied the students to Curaçao, says the trip was a wonderful opportunity for students.
"They were able to conduct groundbreaking research in a completely unique environment, which they will relate back to the work they are conducting in Connecticut," said O’Brien. "It gave them a broader understanding of the collaborative nature of scientific field-based research. I hope that this trip has inspired them to go further in their education and become productive members of the global scientific community."
In addition to their research, students networked with and learned from scientists from around the world, discussing topics that included the protection and restoration of corals in the Caribbean.
For her project, Bethany Hoschar ’20 explored entomological communities, focusing on the flies and maggots present as an organism decomposes.
"I learned about the process of conducting field research and about the various scavengers present on land and in the water," said Hoschar, who plans to continue conducting field research. "This experience was beneficial, both educationally and personally, as it contributed to my research and introduced me to a new culture."