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CAHNR takes students to Ireland in May

Ireland is the perfect location for CAHNR students to participate in education abroad and to receive learning beyond the classroom, according to two faculty members who are taking a group there this May.


CAHNR’s education abroad experience includes a one-week stay in the Irish countryside.

Professors Sheila Andrew, of animal science, and Sandra Bushmich, of pathobiology and veterinary science, are leading the new three-week UConn Global One Health: Irish and US Perspective education abroad program. They noted that this opportunity offers three UConn graded credits in a beautiful place with no language barrier for under $5,000.

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Being able to compare and contrast how the One Health concept is implemented in two different cultures is a plus, as well. “We are excited for our students to gain an in-depth understanding of how our food systems are closely tied to human health and environmental sustainability. Visiting Ireland will provide the students not only a comparison to US food systems, but also an opportunity to experience a vibrant culture in a beautiful country,” Andrew said.

The group will be small and stay together for three weeks, which will allow for meeting others with similar interests and for easy access to hands-on learning. The students begin the program in the United States on May 15. (more…)

CAHNR in the news

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

Office of Undergraduate Research Education website. 1-25-17. Announced that three CAHNR students were among the fall 2016 IDEA Grant recipients. As part of IDEA group projects, horticulture students Peter Apicella and Jacob Griffith Gardner will direct breeding efforts of Aronia, a fruit bearing shrub. With a CLAS student, Kelsey Witik, an environmental science student, will study the effects of road salt on soils and trees.

Scientific American. 12-23-17. Ran an article about research into the toxicological risk from polar bears’ exposure to pollutants.  It quoted Department of Natural Resources and the Environment Assistant Professor Melissa McKinney, who was not part of the study.

By Patsy Evans

Meet graduate student Rachel Holden

Rachel Holden

Rachel Holden

Rachel Holden is a graduate student studying agricultural education at UConn, with the goal of becoming a teacher after she graduates in May 2017. She is currently student teaching at the agricultural science program at Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford, Connecticut, with a class of animal science students. Holden is interested in teaching either animal science or horticultural science once she receives her master’s degree. Here is what she said about being a UConn graduate student.

Where did you study as an undergraduate? I studied at the University of Connecticut for my bachelor’s degree.

What was your major? I majored in animal science, with a minor in horticulture. I have several animals at home as well as a greenhouse. I liked the variety.

Why did you decide to go to graduate school? I knew I enjoyed teaching in agricultural education. There are so many things that people don’t know about agriculture. I want to help students understand the importance and realize the different aspects of agriculture. It’s not just farming. (more…)

College faculty facilitate collaborations with Cuban researchers

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A street in Havana, Cuba. Photo taken by CAHNR students on summer 2016 trip.

Five College faculty members traveled to Cuba last week for a networking event at the Institute of Animal Science (ICA) in furtherance of the Cuba Research Initiative. The three-day event consisted of presentations and discussions of agricultural and animal science issues with a focus on developing new projects and collaborations between researchers in the US and Cuba. Representatives from the National Center for Agricultural Health (CENSA), National Institute for Agricultural Sciences (INCA), Agrarian University of Havana (UNAH) and the ICA greeted the visiting faculty. The meetings provided an opportunity to formulate research partnerships that will benefit both nations.

UConn faculty members and students from the College previously visited Cuba over the summer to participate in an international conference. Prior to the summer conference, Assistant Professor Tania Huedo-Medina of the Department of Allied Health Sciences, had initiated and strengthened relationships with ICA, CENSA and UNAH through a workshop she taught on meta-analysis for the biometrics doctorate program at ICA.

The trip was sponsored by the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR), the individual departments of visiting faculty members and Global Affairs and represents an ongoing effort to secure partnerships in the country.

Associate Professor Guillermo Risatti of the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science led the UConn team. Other faculty members include Professor Steven Zinn, head of the Department of Animal Science; Professor Hedley Freake of the Department of Nutritional Sciences; and Assistant Extension Professor Ana Legrand of the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture and UConn Extension. Professor John Volin, head of the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, was to have gone but had to cancel his trip shortly before departure.

Aviana Rosen of the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention and Policy and the project coordinator for the Cuba Research Initiative, conceived by Huedo-Medina, accompanied the group as well. (more…)

Image of the week

A heron standing at the edge of UConn’s Swan Lake

A heron standing at the edge of UConn’s Swan Lake. From Backyard Biodiversity and Sustainability by a CAHNR College Ambassador, Kaliana Tom.