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Summer Session Picnic

Summer session picnic. By Jerauld A. Manter, 1942. From the Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries.

Meet graduate student Juan Cabrera

Juan Cabrera

Juan Cabrera is a master’s student from Honduras in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture studying Horticulture. He works as part of the UConn Greenhouse Extension Team, sharing his passion for helping growers become more efficient and develop and implement sustainable practices while conducting applied research to discover innovative solutions. Here is what he said in an interview.

Where did you study as an undergraduate?

I completed my undergraduate studies at Zamorano University, an agricultural school in Honduras. The motto of the University, “Labor Omnia Vincit,” which means “work conquers all,” was exemplified in the learning-by-doing approach in its courses.

What was your major?

I majored in Agricultural Science and Production Systems. I also completed a thesis related to nutrient use efficacy of bell pepper growth in coir media. (more…)

College’s faculty achieve record success in grantsmanship

 

2015-HoR

Click the image above to read the College’s 2015 Highlights of Research.

In 2015, CAHNR faculty members received more than $21 million in grant funding, a 38 percent increase from the previous year. Awarded to 82 faculty members, this figure represents 39 percent of the College’s total budget for the fiscal year 2016, which ends June 30, 2016.

“We are very pleased that we have been so successful in obtaining grants,” says Associate Dean Cameron Faustman. “When we compare ourselves to similar colleges across the country, we’re doing very well.”

He continues, “Our basic formula for success is to hire good people and allow them to pursue their interests with whatever support we can provide.”

Faustman goes on to explain how vital outside funds are to the College, University and entire state.

“Faculty are hired to pursue creative interests that often benefit the public,” he says. “Obtaining a grant allows them to pursue those interests in a very deep and meaningful way. If you want to do science research, you have to have money to do it. The funds allocated through the state to the University are insufficient to cover the total costs associated with doing research.”

“Not surprisingly,” he continues, “as the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, we receive a significant portion of our funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. However, we receive a substantial portion of our funding from other sources such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Defense, as well as state agencies, non-governmental organizations and private foundations.”

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Gypsy moth caterpillar

Carol Quish of UConn Home & Garden Education Center discusses the influx of gypsy moths. Gypsy moth cover tree in Hopkinton. Harold Hanka / The Westerly Sun

CAHNR in the news

newspaper readersA CAHNR staff member and outreach program made the news recently. Select the bold text names to see the articles. The roman text links go to additional information.

WFSB. 6-8-16. Came to the Department of Animal Science to report on horseback riding lessons that it offers.

The Westerly Sun. 6-13-16. Included comments from Carol Quish, a program aide in plant science and landscape architecture, about the gypsy moth caterpillars that are so prevalent this season. In addition, Quish described how to make a caterpillar trap. See also Providence Journal. 6-10-16.

By Patsy Evans