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CAHNR in the news

Photo of students with tecchnological gadgetsSome of CAHNR’s people, places and programs made the news recently. Select the bold text names to see the articles. The roman text links go to additional information.

You Tube. 10-5-16. Published a video of the farmland mitigation project. Forty acres of agricultural land are being restored by UConn in order to mitigate the use of land for building and road projects.

Willimantic Chronicle (subscription only). 10-15-16. Featured Assistant Professor Dennis D’Amico’s role in cheese making at the UConn Creamery and in garnering awards for UConn from the American Cheese Society. D’Amico is on the faculty of animal science.

UConn Today. 10-17-16. Mentioned a research by natural resources PhD student Danielle Kloster in an article about a national research initiative focused on issues of women and girls of color in the United States. Kloster‘s project title is “Women of Color and the Environment: The Role of Intersectionality in Environmental Attitudes and Behaviors.” (more…)

Historical image of the week

Vo-Ag Day

Vo-Ag Day. By Jerauld A. Manter, 1945. From the Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries.

Meet undergraduate Keith Krueger

Keith Krueger

UConn baseball athlete Keith Krueger hails from Las Vegas, Nevada. He made the move to UConn after earning an associate’s degree in behavioral studies from Grossmont College in San Diego County. Krueger is a Difference Maker’s Scholarship recipient and a full time seventh semester senior on Storrs campus. He also helped his baseball team win the 2016 American Athletic Conference (AAC) tournament championship in May. Here is what he said about his experiences as a CAHNR student.

What attracted you to UConn? I came here for a few reasons. I was recruited to play baseball, and I was also attracted by the academics of the school. I felt like UConn took its academics and classes seriously. When I visited the campus, I really loved it and decided to attend here.

What is your major, and why did you choose it? I am an agriculture and resource economics major. I was interested in the marketing and business standpoint, along with the environmental part of it. Before I came here I didn’t know much about environmental policy, but I’ve learned a lot since then.


Aquaculture extension educator collaborates to preserve and promote shellfish and shellfisheries

Shellfishing - Photo credit: Project GreenWave

Photo credit: Project GreenWave

One of Connecticut’s most valuable resources resides in Long Island Sound. Shellfishing for bivalve mollusks is a $30 million a year commercial industry and a popular recreational activity in many coastal towns. Shellfish beds and reefs of clams, oysters, mussels and scallops also protect the shoreline. These habitats mitigate storm damage by dispersing waves, which guards against coastal erosion, while filtering water and stabilizing sediments that aid the growth of plants and other organisms that contribute to improving water quality and ensuring biological diversity. Shellfish are also a healthy food choice, low in fat and calories while boasting a variety of vitamins and minerals.

Shellfishing has long been a part of Connecticut’s history. Native Americans were consuming shellfish and using the shells to create legal tender and artwork before the arrival of the first colonists. As the colonial population increased and demand for shellfish rose for consumption and trade, people began to address concerns about preservation and growth of shellfish beds. (more…)

Image of the week

2016 NAK class of fellows

2016 National Academy of Kinesiology class of fellows, including Doug Casa (front row, first from left) from the CAHNR department of Kinesiology.