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Newsmakers highlights faculty and staff in the media. In many cases, the media placements and interviews were arranged by staff of University Communications.

The Hartford Courant ran a front-page series from February 22 to February 26, on several ecology and evolutionary biology faculty members' research in Brazil and Costa Rica. "Can We Save the Tropics?" featured the work of Professors Robin Chazdon, David Wagner, Robert Colwell and David Penic.

Check out the series of stories and beautiful imagery on UConn research in the tropics online in The Courant. [This link is no longer available.]

Chamber plans Big East women's tournament rally
If you can't get to Rutgers, cheer on the Husky women's basketball team at a tournament rally in Storrs. The Willimantic Chamber of Commerce will hold a rally at Zenny's Restaurant in Storrs on Tuesday, March 3, at 6 p.m., prior to the Women's Big East Conference Tournament championship game that is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. The game will be shown on a 7' by 10' screen. Tickets, price $12, are available in advance at Liberty Bank, Potpourri Enterprises, and at the Chamber of Commerce office. Tickets at the door are $15. The price includes refreshments, give-aways and door prizes. Seating is limited. Call the Chamber of Commerce at (860) 423-6389 to reserve seats.

Community service award nominations sought
Nominations are being sought for the sixth annual Connecticut Higher Education Community Service Awards. Each campus may submit nominees for consideration in the categories of individual students, student groups, and special awards. The special awards category honors faculty, staff or community leaders for personal contributions and institutional commitments.

To nominate someone from the Storrs campus, contact the Center for Community Outreach, U-Box 211, or call (860) 486-1165 for a nomination form. Other contacts are:

Health Center Charlotte Politis (860) 679-2354
Avery Point campus David Madacsi (860) 405-9010
Hartford campus Daniel O'Reilly (860) 241-4840
School of Law Laurie Werling (860) 570-5127
Stamford campus Carol Prescott (203) 968-5409
Torrington campus Ken Fuchsman (860) 482-7635
Waterbury campus Stuart Brown (860) 596-4080
Completed nominations are due by March 6.

Library exhibit features ALA award-winning photographs
Photographs from The Shared Heart, a project by photographer Adam Mastoon that has won the American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Book Award, are on display on Level 1 of Homer Babbidge Library through March 6. The project consists of photographs and a book published by William Morrow & Co. that showcases images and writing of young people about the challenges of growing up lesbian, gay or bisexuals.