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Meet new faculty member and alumnus Michael Puglisi

Michael Puglisi

Michael Puglisi

Michael Puglisi has come full circle. Having received his PhD in nutritional sciences from UConn in 2008, he worked in research labs in Nashville, Tennessee, and on public health initiatives in Brooklyn, New York, and North Carolina. Now he is returning to UConn as an assistant extension professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and coordinating the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) for the state of Connecticut.

Where did you get your degrees?

I received my BS degree in dietetics from the University of Delaware, my MS in nutrition in sports and chronic disease from Virginia Tech and my PhD at UConn in nutritional sciences. It’s good to be back at UConn!

What did you do before you came to UConn?

I went through the whole spectrum of the field of nutrition. After graduating from UConn, I went to Vanderbilt University and completed a post-doc in inflammation and the effects on insulin sensitivity and how different dietary fatty acids affect that. So, I went from human research to animal and cell research.

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Historical image of the week

Class of 1897

Historical image of the week

Alumni Day

Alumni Day, 1939. By Jerauld A. Manter. From the UConn Library’s Archives and Special Collections.

Meet alumna Stephanie Laham

Stephanie Laham

Stepahnie Laham

Hands-on experience with local foods played a part in Stephanie Laham’s academic career and continues to this day. She taught nutrition to kids in Hartford while at UConn, was a Connecticut food lab intern and researched wild blueberries in Maine. Now, this CAHNR graduate is a culinary scientist with a South Windsor pasta company. Here is what she said in an interview.

What was your major in the College? When did you graduate? With what degree? In 2010, I got my BS in nutritional sciences with a minor in food science. My 2012 master’s degree is in food science and human nutrition from the University of Maine.

What CAHNR class was most useful to you? In addition to the usual chemistry and biochemistry, two of the courses I took relate especially well to my current job. I took animal food products with Professor Richard Mancini, which was a hands-on animal science class. We made sausage and learned about the various cuts of meat.

My food composition and preparation class was very interactive and exciting. We were able to try out different ingredients in a recipe to see how they affect the outcome of the finished product. It was a little like the television show, America’s Test Kitchen. (more…)

Meet alumna Emily Daly

Emily Daly at a tank talk

Emily Daly is presenting a Giant Ocean Tank talk at the New England Aquarium.

Starting as an unpaid New England Aquarium (NEAq) intern paid off in the end for NRE graduate Emily Daly, who is now a full-time Program Educator at the same institution. Daly uses her technical fisheries and ecology background to connect people to our oceans, and she goes home with a smile each day. Here is what she said in an interview.

What was your major in the College? When did you graduate? With what degree? I graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree. I was in natural resources and the environment (NRE) with a concentration in fish and wildlife conservation and a minor in ecology and evolutionary biology. (more…)