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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.

Office of the Vice President for Research website. Spring 2017. Announced the recipients of the Scholarship Facilitation Fund Awards, which support faculty research, scholarly activities, creative works and interdisciplinary initiatives. Awardees include Assistant Professor Christopher Blesso from nutritional sciences whose project is Defining the Role of the HDL Receptor, SR-B1, in Adipocyte Lipid Metabolism and Inflammation.

UConn Engaged. Spring 2017. Listed Deborah Bubela, an assistant professor in residence in kinesiology, as a member of the newest Service Learning Faculty Fellow Cohort.  The group was described as committed and innovative faculty to design, develop, and deliver service learning curriculum. (more…)

CLEAR receives Provost’s Award for Excellence in Public Engagement

Mike Dietz, left, and Dave Dickson, right, take Congressman Joe Courtney on a tour highlighting UConn's innovative storm water management practices.

Mike Dietz, left, and Dave Dickson, right, take Congressman Joe Courtney on a tour highlighting UConn’s innovative storm water management practices.

The College’s Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) received the 2016 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Public Engagement, Career Recognition for a Team. A reception was held at the William Benton Museum of Art on November 17, with awards presented by Provost Mun Choi and Carol Polifroni, director of the University’s Office of Public Engagement.

The Provost’s Awards recognize faculty, staff, students and alumni, for programs that engage the public and address social issues.

“We’re honored to be recognized,” said Chet Arnold, director of CLEAR . “This is an award for many different programs and projects that are all interwoven amongst a team that works very closely together. Every single person on this team deserves this award.”

Since 2002, CLEAR has developed award-winning programs designed to address issues related water management, land use planning, climate resiliency and geospatial technology. CLEAR is a partnership between the Department of Extension, the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment and Connecticut Sea Grant. (more…)

CAHNR in the news

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Integrated Pest Management Insights. January 2017. Featured the career of Donna Ellis and her work with IPM and invasive species. IPM can play a central role in managing invasive species, according to Ellis, who is a senior cooperative extension educator in plant science and landscape architecture.

By Patsy Evans

Image of the week

From the UConn Home and Garden Education Center. “Pussywillow buds are bursting on the weeper on the south side of our brick building. A sign of spring to come.”

Evaluation specialist aims to enhance our understanding of extension program impact

Miriah Russo Kelly

Miriah Russo Kelly

Miriah Russo Kelly is a Connecticut native. After living overseas and working and studying on the West Coast, she has returned to her home state as an assistant extension educator and evaluation specialist in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources to enhance the impact of extension programs through her background in communications and environmental science.

Kelly received her master’s degree from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) in organizational communication. It was during her time at CCSU, where she also earned her undergraduate degree, that she met Dr. C Benjamin Tyson, a professor who introduced her to the field of environmental communication and the International Environmental Communication Association. She spent the next few years fostering her passion for the environment and ecology.

Traveling to New Zealand, Kelly completed evaluation projects for the New Zealand Landcare Trust. When she returned to the US, she worked as an ecology tour guide in the Colorado mountains. These experiences led her back to graduate school at Oregon State University (OSU), where she earned her Ph.D. in environmental science. At OSU she bridged her interests, studying communications and teaching public speaking, organizational communication and other communications courses while exploring the human dimensions of natural resource management and decision-making. (more…)