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Image of the week: NIFA director Sonny Ramaswamy on “Transformative Innovations for 21st Century Food and Agriculture”

SRamaswamyDr. Sonny Ramaswamy (at right in above photo), director of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), visited the College Monday August 14. He was hosted by Mike O’Neill, the College’s associate dean and associate director of UConn Extension (left, facing camera). During his presentation entitled “Transformative Innovations for 21st Century Food and Agriculture,” Ramaswamy spoke about NIFA’s efforts to catalyze discoveries to address agricultural challenges through education and engagement. He described NIFA-funded projects  at the cellular, organismal and community levels to address nutritional security, food waste and efforts to decrease the ecological footprint of agricultural production. He emphasized the need for sustainable consumption as well as sustainable production. Following his talk, Ramaswamy met with faculty and administrators from the College and the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station and representatives from other New England land-grant universities. The discussion covered a variety of topics, including the challenges faced by smaller land-grant institutions. Earlier in the day, the group met for breakfast with Vice Provost for Research Radenka Maric before touring the Innovation Partnership Building on Discovery Drive.

 

 

CAHNR in the news

newsprintForbes cited Human Performance Laboratory studies that showed mild dehydration can alter a person’s mood, energy level and ability to think clearly.

U.S. News & World Report reported that UConn’s Board of Trustees voted to transfer the former Torrington satellite campus to the city with the caveat that UConn will continue to have an extension office on the site until at least 2026. See also the Register Citizen News.

Meriden Record-Journal ran a story about the removal of an old sycamore tree in Meriden, Connecticut. It included comments by Department of Extension Senior Cooperative Extension Educator Robert Ricard about a tree warden’s responsibilities related to older trees and some facts about native sycamore trees.

By Patsy Evans

Historical image of the week

4-H Cooking Class

4-H Cooking Class, Connecticut Agricultural College. By Jerauld A. Manter, 1929. From the University of Connecticut Photograph Collection. (CC BY-NC)

 

CAHNR in the news

newspaper readersThe Westerly Sun included an article by Dawn Pettinelli called “Tips for growing and harvesting cilantro and its seeds.” Pettinelli is an assistant cooperative extension educator in plant science and landscape architecture.

Consumer Reports quoted Professor Douglas Casa, who gave safety advice for people working or exercising in the heat. Casa is on the faculty of the Department of Kinesiology.

UConn Today referred to UConn Extension Bug Week and posted photos of the AntU Day portion of the event.

ESPN pointed out the Korey Stringer Institute‘s work in preventing and treating heat stroke, such as a study with WHOOP, the manufacturer of a device to measure athletic performance, sleep quality and other health-related data. Department of Kinesiology Professor Douglas Casa was quoted in the article. See also Business Wire.

By Patsy Evans

Image of the week

UConn Extension Bug Week 2017

Kicking off bug week deliciously with cricket fritters and meal worm sprinkles on our ice cream! Uconn Extension facebook