University of Connecticut

Meet alumna Talia Mitchell


Talia Mitchell

People are always surprised that Talia Mitchell holds such a responsible position at her young age. Mitchell received her BS from the College before getting an advanced degree. Then, only five years after completing graduate school, she went on to manage the Clinical Genomics Laboratory at The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) in Farmington, Connecticut.

What was your major in the College? When did you graduate? With what degree? In 2009, I received a BS in diagnostic genetics sciences with a concentration in molecular genetics.

What class was most useful to you? It was not just one class but more of a combination of DGS program-specific courses. These classes built a solid foundation that led into the clinical practicum.

In a cytogenetics lab class, I got to karyotype chromosomes. I remember looking through a microscope at my own chromosome and thinking, “This is really cool.” (more…)

Historical image of the week

Biotech complex groundbreaking

The 1998 groundbreaking for the Agricultural Biotechnology Laboratory. At far right is Prof. Louis Pierro;  second from right is architect Barry Svigals; third from right is Dean Kirklyn Kerr; fifth from right is Provost Mark Emmert; third from left is Rep. Rosa DeLauro; fourth from left, Rep. Gejdensen; fifth from left, President Harry Hartley; sixth from left, Rep. Nancy Johnson; seventh from left, Commissioner of Agriculture Shirley Ferris.


Meet undergraduate student Kamil Jablonowski


Kamil Jablonowski

Kamil Jablonowski is a junior in the College of the Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. His passion for horticulture stemmed from and early interest in plants, and he is actively involved with many organizations on campus. Here is what Kamil said about his time as an undergraduate in CAHNR.

What attracted you to UConn? There is so much UConn pride in Connecticut, and I heard great things about the campus. It was also a good location since I am from Stratford, Connecticut so it is about 90 minutes from where I live. UConn was just far enough away, but I can still go home when needed.

I also liked all of the opportunities that the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources has to offer, and I was always interested in horticulture. I knew that UConn was founded as an agricultural school and had a strong program.

Why did you choose your particular major? I am majoring in horticulture. I was always fascinated by plants, and I like to say that they selected me instead of me selecting (more…)

New academy helps communities adapt to climate change

Photo from the aerial assessment of Hurricane Sandy damage in Connecticut. Photo from the Office of Governor Dan Malloy.

Photo from the aerial assessment of Hurricane Sandy damage in Connecticut. Photo from the Office of Governor Dan Malloy.

The new Climate Adaptation Academy is an innovative approach to studying the impact of climate change that is also firmly rooted in tradition. A partnership of Connecticut Sea Grant, NOAA, CLEAR (Center for Land Use Education and Research) and the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, the Climate Adaptation Academy was originally seen as a way to connect municipal officials and land use commissioners with Extension educators in the field and specialists at the University of Connecticut and beyond. Over time it became clear that the model needed to be more flexible and inclusive and that input would be most useful when it came from a variety of sources.

The extension system model has historically been to assess the needs and concerns of the citizenry and tailor programs to meet their concerns. What once worked effectively for rural farm families is now being applied to help communities deal with climate-related issues.


Image of the week

Young building renovation

W.B. Young Building has begun Phase 2 of construction to repair the brick façade, replace the roof, and improve the site with additional landscaping. The project is set to be completed by November 2015.