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CAHNR in the news

newspaper readersSome of CAHNR’s people, places and programs made the news recently. The bolded topics are linked to media coverage. The roman text links go to additional information.

UConn Today. 11-23-16. Interviewed Professor Michael Darre about the popularity of heritage turkey breeds for holiday meals. Darre is on the animal science faculty. The article also mentioned Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm in Sterling, the Hermonot family farm that is run by several CAHNR graduates.

UConn Today. 11-28-16. Told the story of Linda Jo Stern, a nutritional sciences alumna who is completing a scholarship fund pledge her parents made. In addition to comments about Stern’s parents’ accomplishments, the article gave information about Stern’s academic and career paths and how CAHNR helped her. (more…)

Historical image of the week

Dr. Walter Landauer

Dr. Walter Landauer. By Jerauld A Manter, 1947. From the Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries.

Walter Landauer was born in Mannheim, Germany, on 15 July 1896 the son of S. Friedrich and Charlotte Ziegler Landauer. He attended the University of Frankfurt and received his doctorate from the University of Heidelberg in 1922. He held the position of Zoology Instructor from 1922-1924 at Heidelberg before accepting a position at the University of Connecticut in 1924 at the Experiment Station. From 1928 until his retirement in 1964, Landauer was a professor in the department of animal genetics. Landauer is known for his work in animal genetics, specifically chickens.

Meet undergraduate Ester Wasserman

Ester Wasserman

Seventh semester senior Ester Wasserman is from East Haddam, Connecticut. She’s been a counselor at the Hole in The Wall Gang Camp for three years, where she interacts with kids diagnosed with serious illnesses. An allied health major in the Diagnostic Genetic Sciences Program, Wasserman enjoys working with kids, watching documentaries and crafting needlepoint DNA structures. Here is what she said about her experiences as a CAHNR student.

What attracted you to UConn? I went to a STEM magnet high school in Hartford, called the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering. UConn was close, and it had a great academic reputation. The DGS program has given me so many opportunities, and I’m glad for that.  

What is your major, and why did you choose it? I was originally majoring in physiology and neurobiology, and I was on the pre-med track in my freshman year. I went to an honors event about genetic counseling, which was led by Dr. Judy Brown. I didn’t even know that was a profession. When I left, I realized that genetic counseling really interested me. After doing some research, I applied to the program in my sophomore year. I’m incredibly fascinated by genetics and how it influences everything about us.


Memorial award honors alumnus and provides professional experience for landscape architecture students

Welch works with Matt Cosma '15 (LA), landscape designer at S/L/A/M

Welch works with Matt Cosma ’15 (LA), landscape designer at S/L/A/M

Tristan Welch, a senior majoring in landscape architecture in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, is the first recipient of the Kyle C. Slocum Memorial Award. The award grants an internship with the largest integrated design firm in the state, The S/L/A/M Collaborative, located in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Services include landscape architecture, architecture, structural engineering, interior design and construction services.

SLAM is a multi-disciplinary design firm headquartered in Glastonbury, Connecticut, with offices in Atlanta, Boston and Syracuse. The internship honors the contribution of UConn graduate Kyle Slocum, who is credited for growing the landscape architecture (LA) studio at SLAM. Slocum passed away in June of 2015, at the age of 50.


Image of the week

Storrs skyline at sundown

Storrs skyline at sundown. (Kevin Noonan / UConn CAHNR)