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This-Ability Art Exhibit
April through June, 2024, UConn Health, Hallway connecting the Connecticut and University Towers
As part of a collaboration between Art Connection Studio (ACS) and the University of Connecticut Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UConn UCEDD), the new This-Ability art exhibit has been installed at UConn Health. This exhibit displays art created by members of ACS, including a 15 ft. mural painted by the ACS artists and Emida Roller, a renowned local muralist. ACS is a vocational art program that is part of Vinfen Connecticut, an organization that provides services to adolescents and adults with mental health conditions, intellectual and developmental disabilities, brain injuries, and behavioral health challenges. ACS teaches art skills to participants and helps them use their artistic skills to generate income. Artists are encouraged to express themselves through their art while building a long-lasting, supportive community with one another. 

Career and Family Growth
Tuesday, May 14, 2024, 2:00 PM ET- Hybrid, UConn Health
Beyond the Ph.D. is excited to welcome back Dr. Leia Shuhaibar. Dr. Shuhaibar obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut, where she investigated how luteinizing hormone regulates oocyte maturation in preparation for fertilization. She then conducted two years of postdoctoral fellowship training with Dr. Laurinda Jaffe translating her discoveries in ovarian follicles to bone physiology.

In 2018, she was promoted to research assistant professor at UConn Health to develop an imaging system to better understand hormonal regulation of bone growth. Simultaneously, she accepted a visiting scientist position at the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services in Farmington to work as a clinical embryologist and help infertility patients grow their families. She has been invited to present her research at National and International Conferences.

Currently, she is a medical science liaison at Ferring Pharmaceuticals as a specialist in reproductive medicine and holds an adjunct assistant professor position at UConn Health. She lives in Houston, Texas, and enjoys spending time with her husband and her 7- and 4-year-old sons.

In celebration of Mothers in Science, join Dr. Shuhaibar to hear about her story of a scientific career and family growth. Current UConn Health students, faculty, and staff are invited to join Dr. Shuhaibar in person in E5036 (Cell Biology Conference Room). All other attendees are welcome to join virtually on Zoom.

To attend the event, you must register using the link below:



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