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CAHNR in the news

newsprintSome 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.

Health Medicine Network. 11-13-16. Described a public health campaign to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks, which was part of a research project. Co-authors of the study include Tatiana Andreyeva, an associate professor in agricultural and resource economics, Jennifer Harris, an associate professor in allied health sciences and Xun Li, a research scholar in agricultural and resource economics. The researchers used objective retail sales data to measure the campaign’s effectiveness. See also Baltimore Sun. 11-13-16, Capitol Bay. 11-16-16 and UPI, 11-17-16.

Statesman Journal. 11-13-16. Highlighted a grant program to help selected schools with funding for athletic trainers in order to increase high school athlete safety. Department of Kinesiology Professor Douglas Casa was quoted in the article, and the Korey Stringer Institute is a partner in the effort. (more…)

Agricultural economist studies voting and farming legislation

John Bovay

John Bovay

This fall, the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics welcomed a new faculty member, Assistant Professor John Bovay. As an agricultural economist and outreach educator, he brings years of experience researching agricultural policies and the food supply chain, including labeling, imports, safety, waste and animal welfare. In his previous work with the University of California Agricultural Issues Center and the USDA Economic Research Service, he assisted farmers, businesses and policy makers. At UConn, Bovay is engaging in teaching, research, and extension, applying his economic knowledge to educate students in sustainable agribusiness management and continuing to explore new ways to help farmers and growers and legislators.

Part of Bovay’s research investigates the economic effects of farming legislation and the role of economic incentives in determining voter preferences for agricultural regulation. On November 8, Massachusetts voters will decide on Question 3, a measure that sets minimum size requirements for farm animal containment. The ballot question concerns restricting the sale of veal, pork and eggs when animals are kept in spaces that prevent them from standing up, lying down, extending their limbs or turning around.

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CAHNR in the news

photo of newsprintSome of CAHNR’s people, places and programs made the news recently. Select the bold text names to see the articles. The roman text links go to additional information.

New York Times. 10-6-16. Quoted Tatiana Andreyeva about the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children’s efforts to improve dietary intake among WIC participants. Andreyeva, the co-author of a related study, found positive results. She is an associate professor in agricultural and resource economics.

The Huffington Post. 10-13-16. Ran an article about government food programs, which included comments by the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics’ Associate Professor Tatiana Andreyeva. (more…)

Meet undergraduate Keith Krueger

Keith Krueger

UConn baseball athlete Keith Krueger hails from Las Vegas, Nevada. He made the move to UConn after earning an associate’s degree in behavioral studies from Grossmont College in San Diego County. Krueger is a Difference Makers Scholarship recipient and a full time seventh semester senior on Storrs campus. He also helped his baseball team win the 2016 American Athletic Conference (AAC) tournament championship in May. Here is what he said about his experiences as a CAHNR student.

What attracted you to UConn? I came here for a few reasons. I was recruited to play baseball, and I was also attracted by the academics of the school. I felt like UConn took its academics and classes seriously. When I visited the campus, I really loved it and decided to attend here.

What is your major, and why did you choose it? I am an agriculture and resource economics major. I was interested in the marketing and business standpoint, along with the environmental part of it. Before I came here I didn’t know much about environmental policy, but I’ve learned a lot since then.

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CAHNR in the news

newspaper readersSome of CAHNR’s people, places and programs made the news recently. Select the bold text names to see the articles. The roman text links go to additional information.

UConn Today. 9-29-16. Announced that the Litchfield County Extension Center building in Torrington was renamed in honor of the late state Senator M. Adela “Dell” Eads. See also WTNH. 10-1-16.

U.S. News & World Report. 9-30-16. Included comments by alumnus Nathan Wojtyna about his impressions of UConn and his experience with chokeberry research. The college road trip article said that Wojtyna graduated with a double major in horticulture and resource economics.

CNN. 10-4-16. Gave suggestions, including some from Nancy Rodriguez, about the optimal amount of protein in the diet. Rodriguez is a professor of nutritional sciences. (more…)