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CAHNR in the news

Students with mobile devicesSome 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.

Swimming World. 2-15-17. Announced that UConn swept the podium in the women’s one meter diving event on day one of the American Athletic Conference Championships. Department of Nutritional Sciences student Monica Marcello was part of the team with 280.85 points.

The Register Citizen. 2-16-17. Gave details about the upcoming Annual Horse Symposium at UConn in its news section. This Department of Animal Science event will be held on March 4 and 5. See also: The Dolphin. 2-16-17.

Daily Campus. 2-20-17. Reported on a talk given by Anoushka Concepcion about the technology involved in the propagation and cultivation of Connecticut native sugar kelp as a food sourceConcepcion is an assistant cooperative extension educator in the Department of Extension. (more…)

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Milk Testing, Connecticut Agricultural College

Milk Testing, Connecticut Agricultural College. By Jerauld A. Manter, 1920. From the UConn Library’s Archives and Special Collections.

Meet undergraduate Yarden Tepper

Yarden Tepper

Yarden Tepper

Yarden Tepper, a senior majoring in allied health sciences, plans to attend graduate school for physical therapy. Tepper has been involved in gymnastics since the age of two. As a competitive high school gymnast, she fractured her back in two places and was told her career was over. But with hard work and an excellent physical therapist, she was able to go back into the sport, competing through high school and college. This inspired her to seek out a career in physical therapy with the hope of helping other athletes in a similar position. Here is what she said about her experiences as a CAHNR student.

What attracted you to UConn? Initially I was attracted to the school strictly for financial purposes as an in-state student. But, when I came to open house still undecided as to which school I would attend, I fell in love. I thought the campus was beautiful and I met the nicest people. I was drawn in by the immense school spirit everyone had, and I was not let down when I officially became a student here.

Why did you choose your particular major? I always knew I wanted to be a physical therapist, but in the back of my mind I had concerns that I would change my mind. I wanted to keep my options open to a career within the health care field. Allied health sciences provided me with the leniency that I was seeking. I also felt a strong connection to psychology since high school. This led to a decision to minor in it. Allied health requires me to take multiple psychology courses, allowing me to obtain the minor I wanted with only a few additional classes. (more…)

Allied Health Sciences welcomes new department head

Justin Nash

Justin Nash.

Interim Dean Cameron Faustman is pleased to announce that Justin Nash has been appointed professor and head of the Department of Allied Health Sciences (AHS). He fills the vacancy left by Lawrence Silbart, who led the department for the past ten years. Silbart is currently vice provost for strategic initiatives.

Nash received his BA in psychology from the University of Rhode Island, where he graduated with distinction. He earned his MA and PhD from Ohio University in clinical psychology. While earning his doctorate, he interned at the VA Medical Center in West Haven, CT. He completed postdoctoral research at the Pain Evaluation and Treatment Institute at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. (more…)