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Apply now for research studies in Babbidge Library
There are a limited number of research studies available at Homer Babbidge Library for eligible applicants working on long-term projects that require extensive use of library materials. Application forms for the studies will be available from May 1-15, in the library's administrative offices. Applications are due by May 15. For information, contact Madeleine Harrington at (860) 486-2219.

Student poets recognized in Wallace Stevens competition
Three student poets have won the 35th annual Wallace Stevens Poetry competition. The prizes were presented April 8 -9 by distinguished poet Donald Hall, who also read from his works during programs at the Storrs campus and at The Hartford's corporate headquarters.

The student poets were judged on a short collection of poetry. Winners were presented with cash and book awards. They read from their prize-winning poems during the program. First prize was presented to Jenny Spinner, a graduate student in English. Second prize went to Michael Alan Snyder, a seventh-semester bachelor of general studies student at the Hartford campus, and third prize was given to Joseph Lennon, a graduate student in English.

The poetry program began at UConn in 1964 with a gift from the Hartford Insurance Group, now The Hartford, to support cash awards and books of poetry as prizes for young poets and to bring a distinguished poet to UConn. The program honors the memory of Wallace Stevens, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who was an insurance executive at The Hartford for 38 years.

Bring your daughters to work April 23 for day of events
A day of events for girls is scheduled April 23 for the University's fifth annual Take Our Daughters to Work Day, including a keynote presentation by alumna Andrea Dennis-La Vigne, a veterinarian and president of the UConn Alumni Association. The day is part of a national program devoted to adolescent girls that focuses on bringing young women to work. Research has shown that girls face a particularly challenging time in their development between the ages of nine and 15. During this time, many girls experience a drop in self-esteem and in performance, especially in the areas of math and science. Last year three million girls around the world entered the workforce for the day with an adult on Take Our Daughters to Work Day.

Holocaust survivor saved by Schindler to speak April 23
Rena Finder, who was spared from the Nazi death camps in World War II by working for Oskar Schindler, will discuss her experiences during the Thirteenth Academic Convocation on the Holocaust, beginning at 3:30 p.m. April 23 in the Konover Auditorium at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.

"Oskar Schindler was someone who did not quite conform," says Arnold Dashefsky, director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life. "He wasn't completely constrained by the norms of the community, and so he was able to resist the pressures of social control. It's something we find in a number of the people who helped the Jews, and who tried to save them, according to the research of my colleague in the sociology department, Professor Nechama Tec. Schindler was very much his own person, and he could resist the pressure to cooperate with the Nazi in murders."

Finder will discuss her experiences and the parallels to the movie, which she says was accurate in a number of areas. The movie, directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. April 22, also in the Konover Auditorium. A special commemoration, honoring victims of the Holocaust and celebrating the people who, like Schindler, helped people escape, will be held on the Dodd Center plaza at 6:45 p.m., just prior to the showing.

Symposium honoring Khairallah set for April 24
A memorial symposium on biomedical regulatory mechanisms of normal and diseased cells, in honor of the late Edward Khairallah, will take place Friday, April 24 in Room 20 of the Edward V. Gant Science Complex, beginning at 1 p.m. The conference is sponsored by the departments of molecular and cell biology, pharmaceutical sciences, the toxicology program, and the School of Medicine, with support from the departments of ecology and evolutionary biology, nutritional sciences, pathobiology and neurobiology, the Center for Environmental Health and the graduate school.