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CAHNR in the news

WP_20160415_12_08_27_ProSome 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.

newstimes. 7-14-16. Posted several photos of Senior Extension Educator Donna Ellis as she guided a group of walkers through Steep Rock Preserve in Washington Depot. Ellis, who is part of the plant science and landscape architecture department, was identifying invasive non-native plants and educating the participants about them.

Neag School of Education blog. 7-14-16. Interviewed former CAHNR alumna Kelsey Karp, who graduated in May 2016 with a animal science major and a food science minor. Karp is now in Neag’s Teacher Certification Program for College Graduates (TCPCG).

Associated Press. 7-18-16. Announced that UConn is establishing an Institute of Biological Risk. Professor Emerita Carol Auer of plant science and landscape architecture is part of the effort. (more…)

Historical image of the week

Former Governor Wilbur L. Cross with Dimocks Turkeys

Former Governor Wilbur L. Cross with Dimocks Turkeys. By Jerauld A. Manter, 1945. From the Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries.

Meet alumna Charlene Van Buiten


Charlene Van Buiten

A determined undergraduate student who took graduate-level courses at UConn is now a dedicated fourth year doctoral candidate at Penn State. Her name is Charlene Van Buiten, and she remembers the first time she met her UConn academic advisor. She told him she wanted to study food science in graduate school. Now, she is living her dream.

What was your major in the College? When did you graduate? With what degree? I was in the Department of Nutritional Sciences (NUSC) with minors in food science and biological sciences. In May 2012, I got a BS in nutritional sciences.

What class was most useful to you? ANSC 5641 (food chemistry) and NUSC 5200 (macronutrient metabolism) are graduate level courses that I took as an undergraduate. For the classes, I had to read lots of primary literature, which helped prepare me for the rigors of graduate school and develop the critical reading and thinking skills that are necessary to be successful.

One beneficial undergraduate course was MCB 2000H (honors biochemistry). The lab consisted of a semester-long research project rather than a series of shorter laboratory exercises, which gave me a taste of the research process. (more…)

Wildlife conservation pilot project uses trained K-9 to scout cottontail nests


Left to right: Ben Breslau (undergraduate in honors program), Jenny Kilburn (MS in NRE), Ranger and Suzie Marlow (handler)

A canine searching a field for newborn cottontail rabbits sounds ominous. But if the dog is accompanied by Tracy Rittenhouse, assistant professor in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, then there is no cause for alarm. In the spring, Rittenhouse explored the possibility of training a canine to detect cottontail nests. The project was funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Hatch Act and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection through the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act.

Rittenhouse is planning to examine the reproductive patterns and nesting preferences of the two cottontail species present in Connecticut, the New England and the Eastern. The native New England cottontail has suffered population decline, now dwelling only in a few isolated areas, while the more common Eastern cottontail has sizeable numbers across the state. Her research is part of an ongoing endeavor to ensure the continued preservation of the New England cottontail.


Image of the week

Greg Tormey with dog

PSLA’s Agricultural Worker Greg Tormey attended the Close to Home Ice Cream Social with his dog on June 21. The Close to Home Campaign is a way for UConn’s faculty and staff to give to University causes, such as scholarships. (Uconn Alumni Relations photo)