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About Patsy Evans

Patsy, an Office of Communications publicity and marketing administrator, has a BA in journalism from Penn State. Her varied experience, obtained during her 27 years with the College, includes rearing insects for biological control, writing research grant proposals and assisting in web development.

CAHNR in the news

newspaper readersSome of CAHNR’s people, places and programs made the news recently. The bolded topics are linked to initial media coverage. The roman text links go to additional information.

Time. 6-6-17. Linked to nutritional sciences research about the effects of resistance training on the inflammatory response. Professor Maria Luz Fernandez is the corresponding author of the 2010 study. See also InStyle. 6-11-17.

Fox61 (video). 6-8-17. Visited CAHNR for their Day Trippers segment and showed some things to do around Horsebarn Hill in the summer. The Department of Animal Science’s Steven Zinn, professor and department head, and Bill Sciturro, manager of dairy manufacturing, were interviewed in the video, which also depicted animals and ice cream making.

Today. 6-12-17. Mentioned Department of Kinesiology Human Performance Laboratory findings that showed mild dehydration can alter mood.

UConn Today. 6-13-17. Referenced a study of trends in TV food ads aimed at young people. Department of Allied Health Sciences Associate Professor Jennifer Harris was involved in the research. (more…)

Website relays native plant info

Native plants website

Homepage of New England Native Plants Initiatives website

New England native plants have a new ally with the creation of a website dedicated to disseminating information about them.

The New England Native Plants Initiatives site highlights “the important role native plants play in our ecology,” said Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture graduate student John Campanelli. He and his advisor, Associate Professor Julia Kuzovkina, co-initiated the website while working on a related DOT native grasses project.

Campanelli adds that the site acts as a clearinghouse to “direct people to organizations and businesses related to native plants in our region,” with the goal of increasing use of the plants. The new CAHNR website has several potential audiences from amateur gardeners to government and industry professionals to conservationists.

Native plants benefit ecosystems and the environment. For example, forbs, or wildflowers, provide ideal forage (pollen and nectar) for native pollinators like bees and butterflies. With the increased use of native forbs, there is the potential to reverse the decline of pollinator populations in the region, says Campanelli. The website has a page devoted to pollinators, and it includes links to fact sheets and research articles.

Campanelli points out an additional bonus, “Native plants are better adapted to a region’s ecological parameters. They require fewer inputs, such as water and fertilizers, to thrive.” This fact and the ability of natives to provide habitats for many species of wildlife, such as birds, reptiles and amphibians, contribute to a cleaner environment and conservation efforts, according to Campanelli. (more…)

Awards and accolades for CAHNR

Awards and accoladesRecently, some of CAHNR’s faculty (names in bold type) were selected for awards that recognize their accomplishments.

The Research Excellence Program provides seed funding to promote, support and enhance the research, scholarship and creative endeavors of faculty at UConn. The Office of the Vice President for Research recently announced the 2017-2018 Research Excellence Program-Storrs recipients. CAHNR awardees and their departments and projects are:

Assistant Professor Christopher Blesso, of nutritional sciences, Defining the Impact of Dietary Sphingomyelin on Lipopolysaccharide Translocation and Inflammation.

Assistant Professor Nathan Fiala, of agricultural and resource economics, Wheels of Change: Impact of Cycles on Female Education and Empowerment in Zambia. Co-PI: Assistant Professor Nishith Prakash, of economics (more…)

CAHNR in the news

newsprintSome of CAHNR’s people, places and programs made the news recently. The bolded topics are linked to initial media coverage. The roman text links go to additional information.

UConn Magazine. Summer ’17. Highlighted many facets of CAHNR and UConn Extension in “The Next Generation of Farming” article. CAHNR Interim Dean and Director Cameron Faustman and Department of Extension Associate Cooperative Extension Educator Jiff Martin were quoted. A photo of students Marisa Kaplita and Macario Rodrigues illustrated the piece. In addition, students Anthony Chiozzi, Gabriel DeRosa, Marisa Kaplita, Nick Laskos, Tierney Lawlor and Macario Rodrigues were introduced as the “new faces of farming.” See also UConn Today. 6-20-17.

UConn Magazine. Summer ’17. Put James Gagliardi, a plant science and landscape architecture alumnus, in its alumni spotlight. The article described Gagliardi’s horticultural career at the Smithsonian Gardens in Washington, DC and mentioned Ruby Ribbons™ switch grass, a patented and trademarked ornamental grass bred by Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture Professor Mark Brand. (more…)

Awards and accolades for CAHNR

4-H Leaders Conference Awards(1)

4-H Leaders Conference Awards, Connecticut Agricultural College. By Jerauld A. Manter, 1956. From the UConn Libraries Archives and Special Collections.

Kirklyn Kerr, a current Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science professor, was selected as a member of the West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame (WVAFHF). Kerr served as the dean of the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources and director of UConn Extension from 1993 to 2008. Enshrinement in WVAFHF is granted to individuals, businesses, organizations, institutions and foundations that have helped improve our nation through outstanding contributions that established, developed, advanced or improved agriculture, forestry and/or family life in West Virginia. Kerr will be honored during the WVAFHF recognition dinner to be held on July 15, 2017, according to the West Virginia Department of Agriculture Market Bulletin.

The Distinguished Service Award is given by the US Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (US-IALE) for an exceptional contribution in terms of time, energy and dedication that advanced the mission of the association. Department of Natural Resources and the Environment Assistant Professor Anita Morzillo received this 2017 award in April at the US-IALE annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.

By Patsy Evans