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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

Students with mobile devicesSome 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 Today. 5-19-17. Posted a video, as part of UConn Science in Seconds series, about in Cuba. Department of Allied Health Sciences

UConn Today. 5-22-17. Reported on a start-up company that creates a new veterinary cancer treatment, which works with animal immune systems. CEO of the company is Ashley Kalinauskas, a Class of 2012 pathobiology alumna. See also Health News Digest.

Hartford Courant. 5-22-17. Announced  that four UConn baseball pitchers were honored by the American Athletic Conference. William Montgomerie, a right-handed pitcher and a applied resource economics major, was named to the second team.  (more…)

UConn Science Salon examines food waste epidemic

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Left to right: Panelists John Mandyck, Chelsea Connery, Cameron Faustman

According to the USDA, 40 percent of America’s food goes to waste. That’s 133 billion pounds of food annually, overloading landfills and increasing our carbon footprint. Food waste occurs in every phase of the food supply chain from agricultural production and post-harvest handling and storage, to processing, distribution and the consumer.

In an effort to increase awareness of food waste, the College offered several student seminars, including “Close to Home: Connecticut-Based Efforts to Reduce Food Waste”; “Sustainable Urbanization: The Future of Food”; “Getting Real About Food Waste: the British Perspective”, and the “Tasty Waste Lunch,” where UConn’s Dining Services served a meal produced from safe and nutritious food that would have otherwise been discarded. The Tasty Waste Lunch was well attended by more than 1200 students.

As a culminating event, the UConn Science Salon presented “Throwing It All Away: America’s Food Waste Epidemic,” on April 6 at the Spotlight Theatres in Hartford. The event was open to the public and featured several panelists including Interim Dean Cameron Faustman; Chelsea Connery, doctoral student in educational policy in the Neag School of Education; and John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer for United Technologies Corporation.

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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.

The Daily Campus. 4-20-17. Described the new UConn Extension web catalog, which lists the Extension courses and webinars available to Connecticut’s citizens. The article quoted UConn Extension’s Associate Dean and Associate Director Michael P. O’Neill and Department of Extension Program Specialist Stacey Stearns. Marlese Lessing, an animal science student, wrote it.

The Daily Campus. 4-27-16. Quoted several CAHNR students about their views on the commuter and visitor campus parking lot rule changes.

Daily Mail. 5-15-17. Reported that light daily exercise can lift spirits, according to a UConn research study. Quoted were graduate student and lead author Gregory Panza and Associate Professor Beth Taylor, both from kinesiology. See also Health Medicine Network, Science Daily, NBC News, New York Daily News, Health, Time.com and Psychology Today. (more…)

Awards and accolades for CAHNR

Awards and accoladesRecently, one of CAHNR’s students was selected for an awards that recognizes her accomplishments. The Individual Husky Pride Award is given to student leaders for their contributions to and leadership of the University community. Department of Allied Health Sciences student Marisol Gallo was a finalist for her involvement with the Office of Community Outreach as a leader in the Generations Connect program.

On April 26, 2017, the UConn Board of Trustees promoted the following faculty members.

Promoted to professor

Dr. Michael Copenhaver, Department of Allied Health Sciences

Dr. Julia Kuzovkina, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture

Dr. Ji-Young Lee, Department of Nutritional Sciences

Promoted to associate professor and tenure

Dr. Tania Huedo-Medina, Department of Allied Health Sciences

Dr. Stephanie Mazerolle, Department of Kinesiology

Dr. Amy Mobley, Department of Nutritional Sciences

Dr. Charles Towe, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Dr. Huanzhong Wang, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture

By Patsy Evans