Research and Grants In A Time Of A Pandemic

UConn faculty and students are normally busy doing research of various types all over all our different campuses. While that broad array of research still exists, much of the focus has turned to the battle against the COVID-19 virus. Members of UConn Nation have adjusted their specialties and facilities and have applied them specifically for this fight. It ranges from the development of emergency ventilators and the production of hand sanitizer to long-term grant-producing research on how global warming and continued interfacing between animals and humans will lead to infections like the coronavirus before more frequent.

Research & Grants

Job Security, Finances Strongly Related to Increased Anxiety During Pandemic, Researchers Find

An ongoing study by UConn School of Nursing Researchers finds that pandemic-related economic anxiety is high even among those who still have jobs.

Man in apron and face mask looking defeated

School of Nursing
UConn Storrs

Economists Produce Study on Effects of COVID-19 on the Dairy Industry

UConn researches have compiled a report on the impact of COVID-19 on the Connecticut dairy farm sector.

cows in the pasture on horsebarn hill

Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics
UConn Storrs

UConn Researchers Working Toward Equitable At-Home Reading Disability Intervention

UConn researchers are working on solutions for school-age children with reading disabilities, who often don't have access to the resources most effective in addressing those problems.

Mother and sun sitting at a computer working

Department of Psychological Sciences
UConn Storrs

Occupational Illnesses Impact 25,000 Connecticut Workers, COVID-19 Shows Importance of Prevention

There are an estimated 25,000 occupational illnesses in Connecticut annually, according to the latest available data published in UConn Health’s Labor Day Report.

Storage box with construction hats, shoes, and gloves

UConn Health
Farmington

UConn Researchers Validate Clinical Feasibility for COVID-19 Testing at Point of Care

In March, Researchers in the Department of Biomedical Engineering began to develop a new, low-cost, CRISPR-based diagnostic platform to detect infectious diseases. Today, the method is one step closer to being a cutting-edge diagnostics technology.

Coronavirus

UConn Health
Farmington

Weight Stigma Predicts Emotional Distress and Binge Eating During COVID-19

Young adults who have experienced weight stigma have more distress and maladaptive eating behaviors during the pandemic, regardless of their body size, researchers at UConn's Rudd Center have found.

Woman sitting at table looking out the window

Rudd Center For Food Policy and Obesity
UConn Hartford

UConn-Made COVID-19 Mask Solution Coming to Market

Within six weeks of announcing a successful method to fabricate custom-fit mask frames to optimize production from the spread of COVID-19, UConn has a licensing deal with a Connecticut manufacturer to produce them.

Nurse wearing custome-fit frame over face mask.

UConn Health
Farmington

Op-Ed: This Simple Model Shows the Importance of Wearing Masks and Social Distancing

With the advent of an infectious disease outbreak, epidemiologists and public health officials quickly try to forecast deaths and infections using complex computer models. But with a brand new virus like the one that causes COVID-19, these estimates are complicated by a dearth of credible information.

A woman in face mask buying food from a cafe.

Janet and Mark L. Goldenson Center for Actuarial Research
UConn Storrs

UConn Health Researchers Find a Simple Oral Rinse Can Inactivate the COVID-19 Virus

Faculty from UConn Health have proven that a simple method of rinsing with a diluted version of over-the-counter Povidone-Iodine oral rinse can kill viruses like the SARS CoV-2 coronavirus and prevent transmission..

Man getting his teeth cleaned by dentists in full PPE.

School of Dental Medicine
Farmington

COVID-19 Directly Targets the Cardiovascular System

Dr. Kai Chen of the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center explains COVID-19’s impact on cardiovascular health, and what people can do to lower potential risk to hearts health if they should contract the virus.

Doctor speaking with patient

UConn Health
Farmington

UConn Researcher Talks Vaccine Realities In An Unprecedented Time

Vaccine researcher Paulo Verardi cautions that in a time when hopes are high, the public needs to be informed and have realistic expectations. This can be accomplished by digging into the history and science of vaccines, to understand past successes and failures in their development.

Coronavirus vaccine research on a computer model

Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science
UConn Storrs

UConn Researcher Hopes To Stop COVID-19 In Its Tracks

Finding weak spots in the coronavirus infection that causes COVID-19 is the goal of Ranjan Srivastava’s newest project. He suspected mathematical modeling might be useful at finding them.

Fist punching coronavirus molecule

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
UConn Storrs

Nurse Researcher Studying Women’s Experiences Giving Birth During COVID-19 Pandemic

Giving birth can be stressful at the best of times, but giving birth during a pandemic? That is a whole other level. Professor Cheryl Beck is beginning to dive into the emotional and psychological impacts COVID-19 is having on mothers with newborn children.

Photo of a newborn baby

School of Nursing
UConn Storrs

New Pandemic Journaling Project Captures People’s COVID-19 Experiences

A new initiative at UConn enables people in the U.S and around the world to document their own experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, for themselves and for the historical record.

Collage of coronavirus word grafiti

Department of Anthropology
Human Rights Institute
UConn Storrs

So You Want to Have a Virtual Conference? Here’s a Professor Who Did It – and is Planning to Do It Again

Sherry Pagoto, of the UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media, transitioned the center’s conference from an on-campus, two-day program to an online-only event that was so successful she’s planning to keep the annual conference virtual for the foreseeable future.

First person perspective of a video conference.

Department of Allied Health Sciences
UConn Storrs

How Americans Are Coping With COVID-19 Stress

A new study by UConn researchers provides the first snapshot of the immediate impact of COVID-19 on Americans’ stress levels, coping strategies, and adherence to public health guidelines. For the study, which was published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the team surveyed over 1,000 individuals, giving the researchers a unique view of how Americans are handling their new reality.

Man in a mask sitting on the curb between two cars.

Department of Psychological Sciences
UConn Storrs

Effects of COVID-19 on Domestic Violence

UConn researchers have been awarded a grant to analyze the impact of COVID-19 on domestic violence through the lenses of health and economic impact. The study will address the important questions of what are the most important barriers for victims of domestic violence, and how can victims reduce self-blaming, increase psychological and emotional well-being, and ultimately report or leave abusive relationships.

Photo of apartment windows lit up at night.

Department of Economics
Human Rights Institute

UConn Storrs

During Coronavirus Home-Schooling, Your Kitchen Can Be A Classroom

For parents trying to help their kids with homework in this new era of online learning, solving math problems may be among the more worrisome tasks. There is a great deal that parents can do to support teachers and their young children beyond current assignments. Here are some ideas right from the kitchen.

Dad and daughter sitting at a table studying.

Neag School of Education
UConn Storrs

Portal Created to Guidance on COVID-19 Caused By SARS-CoV-2

UConn assistant professor Abhishek Dutta has created a portal that gives actionable scientific guidance on COVID-19 by SARS-CoV-2. It deals extensively with each dimension of the disease succinctly and graphically and caters to everybody from novice to healthcare professional alike. The portal is also hosted by the National Institutes of Health as a resource.

Graphic that says "COVID-19"

School of Engineering
UConn Storrs

Coronavirus Gives Connecticut a Chance To Reassess Street Usage

Assistant professor Mary Donegan explains how cities around the globe have better allocated their roads and sidewalks. While tied to COVID-19, instituting an inclusive process to open underutilized street space now and after the crisis would help address some of the inequities COVID-19 has spotlighted.

Community members hold hands and wear masks as they walk through Bushnell Park Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in Hartford.

Department of Urban and Community Studies
UConn Hartford

Hydroxychloroquine For COVID-19: A New Review of Several Studies Shows Flaws in Research and No Benefit

Professor C. Michael White and the Health Outcomes, Policy, and Evidence Synthesis group at UConn found that there are no controlled studies assessing the use of hydroxychloroquine to prevent getting COVID-19. Cherry picking a few studies that fit preconceived idea about the drug’s benefits or safety and disregarding the rest is not good science and shouldn’t guide health decisions.

sculpture outside of pharmacy building

School of Pharmacy
UConn Storrs

Looking at the Social Side of COVID-10 Through HIV Research

While the COVID-19 pandemic is often described as unprecedented, there is a recent viral epidemic that UConn researchers say can offer lessons about social and behavioral responses to disease.

Man with AIDS prevention poster.

Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention and Policy
UConn Storrs

Researching Impact of Funding for Mental Health/Addiction Services

UConn’s Eleni Rodis and Michael Fendrich have received funding to evaluate the impact of funding and support provided by the federal government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to improve the delivery of mental health and addiction services during the pandemic. The $300,000 evaluation grant was funded in April 2020 and the research will be conducted over a 16-month period.

UConn School of Social Work building.

School of Social Work
UConn Hartford

Five Things College Students Should Include in a Plan For Their Wellness

Personal wellness plans must be customized to meet each individual student’s own needs. Here are five essential things that any wellness plan for college students should address from Sandra Chafouleas, a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor and co-director of the UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health.

Female student laying on the floor with book over her face.

Neag School of Education
UConn Storrs

Modifying an At-Home Tool to Monitor COVID-19 Symptons

Professor Wendy Henderson joined the faculty of the School of Nursing in 2019 and is the Director of the Center for Nursing, Scholarship and Innovation. She has developed the Gastrointestinal Pain Pointer as part of her clinical and translational research portfolio. Henderson is modifying this technology for use by patients in their homes for the monitoring of COVID-19 symptoms.

Anatomy of a human pointing out gastro issues

School of Nursing
UConn Storrs

Allied Health Sciences Faculty to Study Effect of COVID-19 on STEM Education

Two UConn researchers received a one-year award of $71,000 from the National Science Foundation for Rapid Response Research. Sherry Pagoto, director of the UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media and professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences and Molly Waring, an epidemiologist and professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences, will study the effects of COVID-19 on undergraduate STEM education by student race, gender, and socioeconomic status.

Hartford biology lab

Department of Allied Health Sciences
UConn Storrs

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility To Study Protein, Protein Domains

The center received a one-year award of $200,000 from the National Science Foundation for Rapid Response Research. The center will characterize soluble proteins and protein domains from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. NMR can reveal the three-dimensional structure of the virus in its natural state.

NMR_edited

Center for Biomolecular NMR Data Processing and Analysis
UConn Storrs

Researchers Producing Husky Hand Sanitizer For Local Groups

It is a handmade product by UConn employees and graduate students that is being donated to local facilities and charities as part of the effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

hand sanitizer

Innovation Partnership Building
UConn Storrs

Archiving UConn’s 2020 Pandemic Experience in Real Time for History

Scholars looking back to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic at UConn will have a rich documentary record, thanks to an initiative launched by University Archives & Special Collections

COVID testing

University Archives and Special Collections, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
UConn Storrs

School Wellness Policies Key to Ensuring New York Schools Adopt Healthier Nutrition and Exercise Standards

In some of New York State’s highest-need schools, strong district wellness policies significantly increased the likelihood that schools implemented healthy physical activity and nutrition practices.

Kids running on playground

Rudd Center For Food Policy and Obesity
UConn Hartford

UConn Puts Innovation to Work In Fight Against COVID-19

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Proof of Concept Center, a state-of-the-art prototyping facility, helped Connecticut companies develop new products.

Proof of Concept Center, Innovation Partnership Building
UConn Storrs

Elections in a Time of Pandemic: A UConn Legal Expert Explains

The COVID-19 pandemic is already having an impact on elections in the United States, with more questions arising as November draws nearer.

Coronavirus and elections

UConn Law
Hartford

Don’t Expect a Summer Reprieve From COVID-19

Will warmer weather spell relief for the pandemic? New preliminary research from UConn says don’t count on it.

A woman wearing a face mask out in an empty street

Center of Biological Risk, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
UConn Storrs

Tapping Talent In Trying Times

A University collaboration that spans campuses and roles is identifying resources to optimize UConn’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UConn gateway sign lit up at dusk

UConn Storrs

UConn Health
Farmington

Understanding the Impact of Ed Tech to Prevent ‘COVID-19 (Academic) Slide’

As schools around the country have closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many educators fear student learning could suffer from the “Coronavirus Slide.”

Young girl on a tablet with headphones

Department of Psychological Sciences
UConn Storrs

PPE Patent Pending: Next Generation Custom-Fitting Masks

The Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering is developing the latest innovative approach to tackling the personal protective equipment shortage that has developed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

doctor and nurses wearing PPE

UConn Health
Farmington

How Mapping COVID-19 Could Help Drug Companies

When the spread of COVID-19 started to affect UConn, the state, and the country, Ranjan Srivastava, knew he had to spring into action.

Graphic that says "COVID-19"

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
UConn Storrs

Op-Ed: What ‘Walden’ Can Tell Us About Social Distancing

If you’re pondering what to read, it’s easy to find lists featuring books about disease outbreaks, solitude and living a simpler life. But it’s much harder to find a book that combines these themes.

Isolated cabin in the woods

Department of Geosciences
UConn Storrs

Study of COVID-19 Risk Communication Finds ‘Optimistic Bias’ Slows Preventive Behavior

A study of risk communication in the region of China where the coronavirus pandemic began, co indicates that overcoming “optimistic bias” will influence an individual’s perception about disease and make them more likely to adopt preventive behaviors.

Theatre marque "social distance, wash hands, clean surfaces"

Department of Communication
UConn Storrs

Yearlong Study to Look at COVID-19, Pandemic Preventative Health Behavior

In the face of the ongoing pandemic, a UConn researcher has launched a study to look at how behavior and social attitudes change, and what factors influence those changes, when people in the United States are faced with the threat of widespread disease.

Elderly man in window holding a sign saying "Social distances please"

School of Nursing
UConn Storrs

Student Tracks Pandemic With Data

Early in the spring semester, when it was still possible for people in the U.S. to wonder whether the coronavirus outbreak would come here with the same force it had in China, Yuansun Jiang already knew how fast events could change.

Department of Economics
UConn Storrs

Researchers Working on Simple, Low-Cost CRISPR-based Diagnostic Test for Infectious Diseases

Researchers in the Department of Biomedical Engineering— a shared department in the schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, and Engineering—have been working to develop a new, low-cost, CRISPR-based diagnostic platform to detect infectious diseases, including the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

The coronavirus

UConn Storrs

UConn Health
Farmington

Medication in the Time of COVID-19: Listen to the Experts

COVID-19 has spread around the globe with shocking rapidity. Guesses and half-baked hypotheses of how to treat it have spread almost as fast.

Pill packs and the word "Coronavirus"

School of Pharmacy
UConn Storrs

UConn Health
Farmington

Important Lessons from Social, Yet Sick, Bats

When it comes to carrying on with daily life among those who may be sick, vampire bats and humans seem to have a lot in common.

a bat upclose

Department of Evolution and Evolutionary Biology
UConn Storrs

With the Coronavirus Outbreak, It Matters How You Get Your News

A team of communication and journalism researchers recently published a study about sources of information and vaccination intention in the Atlantic Journal of Communication.

the coronavirus

Department of Communication
UConn Storrs