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Picture of Assistant Professor Sharde Davis in the library.

Shardé Davis

Shardé Davis is Assistant Professor of Communication and a faculty affiliate of the Africana Studies Institute and the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP).  A casual conversation she had with a friend and colleague one day prompted the creation of a hashtag – #BlackInTheIvory – that overnight became an unexpected global sensation highlighting racism in academia.  She’s pivoted to make it her next project; Davis’ expertise focuses on intersections of race and gender in interpersonal communication.

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Picture of Assistant Professor Sharde Davis in the library.

Shardé Davis

Shardé Davis is Assistant Professor of Communication and a faculty affiliate of the Africana Studies Institute and the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP).  A casual conversation she had with a friend and colleague one day prompted the creation of a hashtag – #BlackInTheIvory – that overnight became an unexpected global sensation highlighting racism in academia.  She’s pivoted to make it her next project; Davis’ expertise focuses on intersections of race and gender in interpersonal communication.

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Michael Bradford

Michael Bradford is professor of dramatic arts at the University of Connecticut, where he teaches theatre history, dramatic literature, and playwriting. His full-length and one-act plays have been produced at various venues in New York, including Off-Broadway. Bradford is also artistic director at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre, a resident professional company that serves as the professional producing arm of UConn’s Department of Dramatic Arts.

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Portrait of Michael Bradford behind a gray backdrop

Michael Bradford

Michael Bradford is professor of dramatic arts at the University of Connecticut, where he teaches theatre history, dramatic literature, and playwriting. His full-length and one-act plays have been produced at various venues in New York, including Off-Broadway. Bradford is also artistic director at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre, a resident professional company that serves as the professional producing arm of UConn’s Department of Dramatic Arts.

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Dr. Linda Barry, assistant professor of surgery, gives her talk, "Becoming a Surgeon," at the Mini Medical/Dental School on April 21, 2011. (Michael Fiedler for UConn Health Center)

Linda Barry

Dr. Barry is Associate Professor of Surgery at UConn School of Medicine. She is the Diversity Representative for UConn at the Association of American Medical Colleges. A board-certified liver and pancreas surgeon, Dr. Barry has a unique background in both clinical and basic science research and dedicates much of her time to mentoring medical students and residents at UConn Health.

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Zhe Zhu

Assistant professor of natural resources and the environment Zhe Zhu has dedicated his research career to learning what satellite images of Earth can tell us about what’s happening on our planet. Zhu came to UConn earlier this year after working at Texas Tech University as an assistant professor. He is an expert in remote sensing and currently has funded projects from NASA and USGS. He is a member of Landsat Science Team, the U.S. government's satellite program.

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Zhe Zhu

Assistant professor of natural resources and the environment Zhe Zhu has dedicated his research career to learning what satellite images of Earth can tell us about what’s happening on our planet. Zhu came to UConn earlier this year after working at Texas Tech University as an assistant professor. He is an expert in remote sensing and currently has funded projects from NASA and USGS. He is a member of Landsat Science Team, the U.S. government's satellite program.

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Zhe Zhu standing outside in front of a tree during fall
Xiaomei Cong, associate professor of nursing, on June 4, 2015. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Xiaomei Cong

Xiaomei Cong is professor of nursing and associate dean for research and scholarship. Her research focuses on the brain-gut-microbiota axis and the prediction of neurodevelopmental outcomes in high-risk infants. In addition to many academic awards, Cong was named one of "Nine Best Female Scientists" by Fiat Physica in 2016.

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Carlos Trallero

UConn physicist Carlos Trallero is a pioneer in a field of research that uses high-power lasers to investigate atomic and molecular physical phenomena. His lab is now working to break the attosecond barrier into the zeptosecond barrier which is 1,000 times faster than the attosecond. Trallero is currently funded through grants from the Department of Energy, the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the U.S. Navy.

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Kenneth Fuchs

Kenneth Fuchs is regarded as one of the country’s finest composers and has composed music for orchestra, band, chorus, and various chamber ensembles. With Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson, Fuchs created three chamber musicals, which were originally pre­sent­ed by Circle Repertory Company in New York City. The London Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of JoAnn Falletta, has recorded five discs of Fuchs’s music for Naxos American Classics. In 2019, Fuchs won a Grammy award in the Best Classical Compendium category for his album “Spiritualist – Concerto for Piano and Orchestra.”

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C. Michael White

Throughout his career, pharmaceutical scientist C. Michael White has focused on trying to understand, prevent, or modulate cardiovascular drug, device, and natural product induced diseases. With particular expertise in post-surgical complication prevention and natural products that cause or prevent cardiovascular diseases, White is an international expert in this field and is routinely quoted in the news media.

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C. Michael White
C. Michael White

C. Michael White

Throughout his career, pharmaceutical scientist C. Michael White has focused on trying to understand, prevent, or modulate cardiovascular drug, device, and natural product induced diseases. With particular expertise in post-surgical complication prevention and natural products that cause or prevent cardiovascular diseases, White is an international expert in this field and is routinely quoted in the news media.

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