Month: February 2019

Summer Research Students Highlighted in D.C

The CT Convergence Institute supports a summer research and mentoring program which hosts students of varying levels in an engaging summer research immersion experience. Dr. Kevin Lo, the Director of the program, traveled to Washington D.C  along with several previous participants to attend a conference which highlighted the success of these programs.



Left to right: Dr. Kevin Lo, Savon Vigil, Nina Sowah, Guleid Awale, and Jolene Addi.

UConn Chapter of National Academy of Inventors Hosts Speaker

With the support of the CT Convergence Institute, the UConn chapter of the

National Academy of Inventors (NAI)

recently hosted speaker Eric Hintz, Ph.D.

Dr. Hintz is a historian from the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. He discussed three centuries worth of innovation and inventorship from the Hartford area. The free event was held at the Mark Twain House in Hartford, and was attended by many community members and local entrepreneurs, in addition to UConn students, faculty and staff.

Attendees enjoy refreshments prior to the lecture “Ingenious Yankees: Three Centuries of Innovation in Hartford” Dr. Cato Laurencin, Dr. Mostafa Analoui, Dr. Eric Hintz from the Smithsonian, Dr. Lakshmi Nair, and Dr. Gualberto Ruano

The United States Patent and Trademark Office quotes Dr. Laurencin.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office recently posted the above quote from Dr. Cato Laurencin on Instagram. Dr. Laurencin was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI) in 2014 for his work in the engineering of musculoskeletal tissues. The NMTI is the nation’s top honor for invention. Currently, Dr. Laurencin is on a committee to help select the next NMTI awardee.



Dr. Cato Laurencin receives Abelson Prize from AAAS

The American Association for the Advancement of Science awarded Dr. Cato Laurencin the prestigious Philip Hauge Abelson Prize on February 14, 2019 at a ceremony in Washington D.C.

Former AAAS President, Susan Hockfield, presented the award to Dr. Cato Laurencin.

Pictured: Rush D. Holt, AAAS CEO, Margaret Hamburg, AAAS President, and Dr. Cato Laurencin (Photo by: Robb Cohen Photography & Video)


The Abelson prize is named in honor of American physicist, scientific editor, and science writer Philip Hauge Abelson. The award was established in 1985 by the AAAS Board of Directors to be given to one who has made significant contributions to the advancement of science in the United States.

Dr. Laurencin was recognized for his innovative research, his contributions to national policies regarding science, and for his dedication to supporting diversity in the field.  Feel free to watch the award ceremony video, or read more about this distinguished recognition for Dr. Laurencin in UConn Today.