In the News – March 2015

In the News – March 2015

*The New Haven Register ran a March 30 story about the partnership between Southern and Gateway Community College regarding the transfer of credits toward the LEP program. The agreement enables those Gateway graduates who earn an Associate in Arts degree in liberal arts and sciences to have most of their LEP requirements waived. The program is designed to streamline the transfer process and to give Gateway students full credit for the courses they take as part of their degree.

*William Lunn, assistant professor of exercise science, was quoted extensively in a March 29story about high-intensity interval training in Sunday’s Waterbury Republican-American. Although not a new type of training – especially among athletes – it has been gaining increasing popularity in health clubs and gyms.

*The New Haven Register ran a March 27 story Friday about the 4 x 400 meter relay teamwinning the national title at the NCAA Division II Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships. The quartet earned the title earlier this month.

*A clip of the “Stuff-a-Shuttle” event at Southern aired March 27 on Channel 3.

*Julia Irwin, associate professor of psychology, was interviewed March 12 on Channel 3’s 5 p.m. newscast about her ongoing study on autism. The segment ran for more than 2 minutes. The study is funded through a $500,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health and includes Haskins Laboratories. It examines whether the avoidance of eye contact by children with an autism spectrum disorder is the primary cause of the speech and language difficulties that typically accompany the disorder. Children between the ages of 6 and 12 are being tested with the hope that the results will lead to better treatments.

*Miranda Dunbar, assistant professor of biology, was quoted in a Danbury News-Timescolumn published March 9 about the loss of bats due to white-nose syndrome, a disease that has killed an estimated 7 million bats since the fungus was first discovered in the United States nearly a decade ago.

The column was written by Robert Miller called “Earth Matters.”

*A New Haven Registercolumn written by Randy Beach focused on an interview and appearance by humor columnist Dave Barry at the Lyman Center. The column ran on March 8.

*Mike Lee, a senior on the men’s track and field team, was featured in a story in the New London Patch that was published on March 5.

*Michelle Grecni, a senior on the women’s track and field team, was profiled in the Danbury Patch in a story that was published on March 5.

*Southern’s first-generation living-learning community was mentioned recently in the online publication, University Business. The article – which serves as the cover story for the publication’s March 2015 edition — outlined ways that colleges and universities can support first-generation college students, and indicated that Southern was one of the schools that has established this kind of program. It is designed to build relationships among students who share this background.