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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.

Awards and accolades

Dean Kirklyn Kerr inducted into WV Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame


Kirklyn Kerr receives his West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame plaque.

Kirklyn M. Kerr, professor in the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science and dean of the College from 1993 to 2008, was inducted into the West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame on July 15. This honor recognizes natives of West Virginia who have made outstanding contributions to the establishment, development, advancement and improvement of the agriculture, forestry and family life of West Virginia.

Over the course of his 60-year career, Kerr has made significant contributions to agriculture as researcher, private-practice veterinarian, academic leader, community volunteer and now as professor and pathologist at the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, where he provides pathology diagnostic service and trains veterinary pathology residents. He cites the principles and values he learned in 4-H as the foundation for his success and remains a strong supporter of 4-H.

After earning his BS in animal science from West Virginia University, Kerr received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After practicing large animal veterinary medicine in Carlisle, PA, for a year, he returned to WVU and earned a master of science in medical microbiology. He then earned a PhD in veterinary pathology from Texas A&M. As a faculty member, Kerr authored or advised on more than 125 research papers and, in 1968, was certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologist. In 1978, he was appointed to the joint position of dean of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine; chair of the Department of Veterinary Science; and assistant dean for research in veterinary medicine. In 1987, he was appointed director of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC); associate dean of the College of Agriculture; and professor of experimental pathology, food and animal health research and veterinary medicine. (more…)

New associate dean sees a bigger picture


Kumar Venkitanarayanan Credit: Peter Morenus

For CAHNR’s newest associate dean, this position is about increasing the scale of his life’s work. Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies Kumar Venkitanarayanan has demonstrated success in obtaining research grants, supervising graduate students through to completion and supporting CAHNR as a team leader and player. “Now, I can use all my skills and experience and do it on a bigger canvas for the College,” he said about the new role he started in May.

Faculty is part of the picture

The portrait that he wants to paint as associate dean will include two main subjects, reflecting the “research” and “graduate studies” in his title. For example, Venkitanarayanan hopes to provide CAHNR’s research faculty members with increased funding opportunities to help them reach their goals in spite of the current economy. “I want to make it easy for them,“ he said.

One of his solutions for budgetary constraints is to “spread our wings wider.” This means he wants to identify previously overlooked programs, to apply for grants offered by different federal agencies and to cooperate with other universities in seeking funds. He thinks that the College has enjoyed much success with USDA grants, but it needs to diversify to improve the probability of receiving funding. (more…)

CAHNR in the news

newsprintUConn Today posted a video, as part of the UConn Science in Seconds series, about testing to detect infectious disease or agents in ticks. This information, obtained in the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, can aid medical professionals. Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science Associate Professor Guillermo Risatti, Technical Assistant Maureen Sims and Research Assistant Heather Haycock were shown in the video.

New York Times recommended the Korey Stringer Institute website as a source of useful guidance for exertional heat stroke information. The institute is housed in kinesiology.

Time mentioned the Human Performance Laboratory and quoted Professor Lawrence Armstrong about the best way to rehydrate for the average adult and for those who exercise continuously for long periods of time. Armstrong and the lab are part of the Department of Kinesiology.

The Register Citizen announced that the Litchfield County 4-H Fair is to be held on July 29 and 30 in Goshen, Connecticut.

By Patsy Evans


CAHNR in the news

Students with mobile devicesMen’s Health cited a research paper by student William Martin, Professor Lawrence Armstrong and Professor Nancy Rodriguez.  The paper studied dietary protein intake and renal function. Martin and Rodriguez are part of nutritional sciences while Armstrong is in kinesiology.

The Day reported that UConn Extension will have a nonvoting seat on the board of directors for  the Thames River Innovation Place (TRIP) in order to help design TRIP’s evaluation and assessment process.

Crookston Times announced that the new University of Minnesota Crookston Chancellor is Mary Holz-Clause, a former assistant dean and director of global programs in CAHNR. quoted Associate Professor Paulo Verardi about tick-born illnesses and vaccines for them. Verardi does research in vaccine development in the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science.

Runner’s World described research that studied the role of vitamin D in blood pressure during rest and maximal exercise. Authors of the study include graduate student Amanda L. Zaleski, Distinguished Professor Linda Pescatello, Associate Professor Beth Taylor and former graduate student Braden Armstrong. All are from the Department of Kinesiology.

By Patsy Evans

CAHNR in the news

newspaper readersAOL posted a video of Ashley Kalinauskas, who founded the company behind a treatment that helps dogs, cats and horses combat cancer. Kalinauskas earned a bachelor’s degree in pathobiology and veterinary sciences.

MySA included an article about summer interns at the Connecticut Audubon Society. One of them, Helena Ives, tracks the populations of threatened coastal birds, such as the piping plover. Ives is a student in natural resources and the environment.

Times Union reported on the implications of research done by Professor Mark Brand for New York state plant sellers.  Brand’s development of four infertile, seedless barberry varieties will allow residents to buy a favorite landscaping plant that is not invasive like the other, older varieties. Brand is part of plant science and landscape architecture. (more…)