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CAHNR in the news

newsprintCAHNR’s Brand, Wojtyna and Casa plus sledding and sheep made the news recently. Select the bold text names to see the articles. The roman text links go to additional information.

UConn Today. 2-3-16. Featured UConn IDEA grant recipient, undergraduate Nathan Wojtyna, who is working with Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture Professor Mark Brand to make the Aronia berry commercially viable.

UConn Today. 2-9-16. Posted a picture gallery of UConn students sledding on Horsebarn Hill.

Los Angeles Times. 2-10-16. Quoted Douglas Casa, a professor in kinesiology, about the performance of heat-acclimated runners. See also, Runner’s World. 2-8-16. (more…)

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4-H Bill Potatoes on Storage

4-H Bill Potatoes on Storage. By Jerauld A. Manter, 1943. From the Dodd Digital Collection.

Meet undergraduate Jessica Griffin


Jessica Griffin

Jessica Griffin of Salem, Connecticut credits CAHNR with giving her a passion for traveling and an excitement for her studies. Throughout her time at UConn, Jessica has been able to travel abroad, conduct research and complete a rewarding internship. After she graduates in May 2017 with a double major in ecology and evolutionary biology (EEB) and environmental sciences, Jessica hopes to become wildlife biologist. Here is what she said about her experiences as a CAHNR student.

What attracted you to UConn? I was initially interested in the natural resources and biological sciences programs at UConn. Also, UConn is relatively close to my home, and I wanted to stay in the area.

Why did you choose your particular major? I have always been fascinated with the natural world, and I want to pursue a career in studying the wonders of nature. Originally, I started out as a geoscience major. However, I realized that geoscience tends to focus on the past and does not incorporate as much biology into the coursework as I wanted. In addition, I am interested in how humans interact with the environment. This is what led me to declare environmental sciences with a concentration in natural resources as a major. Later, I added EEB as my second major in order to learn more about the living world. I love that I am always intrigued and excited by what I am learning in class. (more…)

New University Scholars have ties to CAHNR

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Mule deer are the subject of Rachel Smiley’s University Scholar research project. Photo by Rachel Smiley.

Recently, UConn announced the selection of 25 University Scholars for 2016. Five of them have connections with the College via a CAHNR major, faculty member on their project committee and/or participation in the South African field ecology study abroad program.

Becoming a University Scholar is a very prestigious designation and honor, according to CAHNR’s Academic Advisory Center Director Patricia Jepson. During their final three semesters at UConn, University Scholars work on an in-depth research project of their own choosing and complete an individualized plan of study that allows them to pursue their intellectual interests.

The project created by one of the Scholars, Rachel Smiley, allowed her to do fieldwork in Wyoming with her committee’s chair, Visiting Assistant Professor Chadwick Rittenhouse. They trapped mule deer and took ultrasounds to measure the amount of stored fat in the deer. Smiley said of the trip, “It was awesome to get the hands on experience with the mule deer that I’ve been studying for so long.” (more…)

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