Research and Engagement Projects


The Office of Public Engagement at the University of Connecticut was awarded a renewable grant from the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania for the formation of New England University Assisted Community School Collaborative (NE UACSC).

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A novel immersive videogame, also known as exergaming, integrates the excitement of gaming and the physical activity of bicycling. The primary goal of this study is to determine if a fitness experience delivered via the novel exergaming fitness bicycle will be perceived positively and enjoyed by normal weight and overweight/obese children aged 11-13 years.

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Rory McGloin

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Dr. Ruth Lucas and Dr. Bin Feng have created a device that allows for measurement of an infants’ sucking microstructure during breast and bottle feeding in the home setting. A Connecticut Bioscience Pipeline Grant will allow researchers to test the device in home settings for reliability, tolerance and acceptance during feeding.

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Ruth Lucas


Funded through the UConn OVPR’s Research Excellence Program, UConn researchers and leaders in the New Haven School District and Connecticut State Department of Education are collaborating to build a “guiding blueprint” that fills an important gap in tools to guide planning, implementation, professional development, and evaluation efforts that inform coordination of policies, processes, and practices in school and child health.

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Sandra Chafouleas

Hartford skyline on a sunny afternoon

With funding from Invest Health, this project aims to examine food systems in order to reduce grocery store leakage (a condition where demand exceeds supply) from the Hartford Promise Zone area. Plans are underway to engage the neighborhood in the design of an aesthetically pleasing, nutritious and sustainable food system.

For more information, contact:
Carol Polifroni