The spark that lights the flame of inspiration.

Join us on a fascinating journey into the lives and thoughts of our passionate and innovative faculty as they share their knowledge, expertise, and creativity with students, alumni, Connecticut residents, and our neighbors across the globe.

  • Linda Strausbaugh Linda Strausbaugh
    Dinosaurs, cavemen and Hitler, the science behind applied genomics Linda Strausbaugh: Professor of Molecular & Cell Biology Linda Strausbaugh’s passion for science began at the age of nine when she became fascinated with dinosaurs and cavemen. During her undergraduate studies, she fell in love with anthropology and evolutionary and developmental biology, and has an ongoing […]
  • Regina Barreca Regina Barreca
    Blending humor and feminism to reach a mass audience Regina Barreca: Professor of English When Regina Barreca isn’t teaching Twentieth-Century British Literature, Feminist Theory, The Novel, or Creative Writing, she’s writing books or entertaining audiences with her delightful take on contemporary women. She’s a regular contributor to “Psychology Today,” “The Chronicle of Higher Education,” and […]
  • Vincent Cardinal Vincent Cardinal
    Life’s a stage and a fulfilling career Vincent Cardinal: Department Head, Department of Dramatic Arts and Artistic Director, Connecticut Repertory Theatre Playwright and director Vincent J. Cardinal discovered his love of the theatre as a 14-year old when a theatre company was rehearsing “Godspell” in the sanctuary of the church where he attended catechism classes. […]
  • Bart Roccoberton, Jr. Bart Roccoberton, Jr.
    Secrets of an ancient art form Bart Roccoberton, Jr: Director of UConn’s Puppet Arts Program and Associate Professor of Dramatic Arts If your concept of puppetry is influenced by traditional Punch and Judy puppet shows that began in 16th century Italy, you’ll be amazed at how much the art of puppetry has evolved through the […]
  • Samuel Pickering Samuel Pickering
    English Professor, and inspiration for the 1989 film, “Dead Poets Society” Samuel Pickering: English Professor, and inspiration for the 1989 film, “Dead Poets Society” Sam Pickering, a Nashville native with a quick and often irreverent wit, is best known as the inspiration for the movie Dead Poet’s Society, written by one of his former students […]
  • Bruce Stave Bruce Stave
    Capturing the past through the voice of the people Bruce Stave: Professor Emeritus of History, Director of the UConn Oral History Office As a young student, Bruce M. Stave was fascinated with history, of how the past evolved into the present. He has always enjoyed writing, so the combination of writing and history was especially […]
  • Nicholas Leadbeater Nicholas Leadbeater
    Chemistry for a green planet Nicholas Leadbeater: Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Nicholas Leadbeater’s innate knack for explaining science clearly and simply has made him a regular guest on National Public Radio’s “Academic Minute” segments, which feature short vignettes with professors talking about their field of research and why it excites them. His “Academic Minute” […]
  • Nick Bellantoni Nick Bellantoni
    Fulfilling sacred dreams Nick Bellantoni: Adjunct Associate Professor, CT State Archaeologist As State Archaeologist with the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Archaeology Center at UConn, Dr. Nick Bellantoni has discovered the fallacy of the old saying “Dead men tell no tales.” Whether he’s involved in forensic work with law enforcement officers and the […]
  • Ronald L. Mallet Ronald L. Mallet
    Professor of Physics, and author of Time Traveler: A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality. Dr. Ronald L. Mallett first became interested in time travel after his father died when he was 10 years old. He used his lunch money to buy a Classics Illustrated comic book version of The Time Machine […]
  • Joseph S. Renzulli Joseph S. Renzulli
    Director of UConn’s National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented and Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology at the Neag School of Education Dr. Joseph S. Renzulli is a leader and pioneer in Gifted Education who was named among the 25 most influential psychologists in the world by the American Psychological Association. […]
  • Robert Thorson Robert Thorson
    Professor of Geology, and author of Walden’s Shore: Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth Century Science. Dr. Robert Thorson began teaching at the University of Connecticut in 1984. Since arriving, he’s developed a variety of courses ranging from science literacy lectures on the Age of the Dinosaurs to graduate seminars on archaeological geology. He taught the […]
  • Michael T. Turvey
    Board of Trustees’ Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology, founder of UConn’s Center for the Ecological Study of Perception and Action, and a Senior Scientist at Haskins Laboratories in New Haven, Connecticut. Dr. Turvey is best known for his pioneering work in ecological psychology and in applying dynamic systems approach for the study of motor behavior. […]
  • Dr. Ann Bucklin
    Dr. Ann Bucklin is a professor and head of the Department of Marine Sciences and Director of the Marine Sciences and Technology Center at UConn’s Avery Point campus on the shores of Long Island Sound. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Norway (1992-1993) and was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement […]