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Awards and accolades for CAHNR

4-H Leaders Conference Awards(1)

4-H Leaders Conference Awards. By Jerauld A. Manter, 1956. From the UConn Libraries Archives and Special Collections.

Recently, some of CAHNR’s faculty, staff and students were selected for awards that recognize their accomplishments. Bold text is linked to the award news. Roman text links go to additional information.

Office of Undergraduate Research Education website. 4-26-17. Spring 2017 IDEA Grant recipients included two CAHNR students. Animal science student, Maya Schlesinger, will study the effects of probiotic supplements on chicken embryo muscle development.

As part of an IDEA group project, Kristin Burnham will develop a model that helps high school students make mental and sexual health decisions. Burham is a pathobiology major. She will work with a marketing student on the project.

UConn Today. 4-28-17. President Susan Herbst presented the UConn Spirit Awards. The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) was a Team Finalist. According to the criteria for the award, the group’s “collaboration has positively impacted the entire University.” EFNEP team members are part of the Department of Nutritional Sciences or the Department of Extension.

By Patsy Evans

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. 4-21-17. Linked to a story about Connecticut’s coastline changes in a climate change article. It quoted Emily Wilson, an associate cooperative extension educator in the Department of Extension.

Hartford Courant. 4-26-17. Gave spring gardening advice from the Home and Garden Education Center and Carol Quish, a program aide in plant science.

UConn Today. 4-24-17. Interviewed Class of 2017 graduate Yuan Zhang, who is an applied mathematical sciences and natural resources double major. Zhang mentioned the influence Thomas Meyer had on him in choosing his major.

Garden Master Classes Catalog. 5-4-17. Announced two upcoming Garden Master classes. Catching the Bug, to be held from 1 to 3 PM on May 24 at University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, will concentrate on collecting terrestrial insects. In Arthropod Acupuncture and ID, participants will learn about New England insects and their distinguishing features from 6:30 to 8:30 PM on June 6 at the Tolland County Extension Center. Registration and payment of fees is required for both classes.

By Patsy Evans

New project aims to harness student power to assist Connecticut towns with climate adaptation planning

Climate Corps - Living Shoreline Workshop

A Living Shoreline workshop organized by Juliana Barrett held on the Avery Point campus as part of the Climate Adaptation Academy (CAA). The Climate Corps builds on the success of the CAA, an organization that provides municipalities with information and tools to help them adapt to a changing climate.

Uniting faculty members from the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, Center for Land Use and Research (CLEAR), and Connecticut Sea Grant, the Climate Corps will serve Connecticut communities by assisting with analyzing climate impact and presenting adaptation strategies while providing a unique learning opportunity for undergraduates.

Students in the Climate Corps will engage in classroom teaching and service learning to develop valuable workplace skills. The program is divided into two components, featuring instruction in the fall semester and a practicum in the spring. Students will learn about climate change and public policy in a new team-taught course entitled: Climate Resilience and Adaptation: Municipal Policy and Planning; then, in the following semester, they will form teams and, with the help of faculty mentors, work with local administrators in communities across the state to support climate adaptation planning. Students will directly assist town officials by preparing assessments of vulnerable areas, structures and systems. They will present ideas on how to prepare for the challenges and suggest methods to acclimate to a changing climate. The goal is to provide municipalities with data, models, forecasts, policies and information on costs so officials can make informed decisions to manage the risks their communities face. The program will draw its students from the Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies and Environmental Engineering majors. Four Connecticut communities will participate in the first year. (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.

Daily Campus. 3-30-17. Reported on a seminar hosted by the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture and given by Zeyaur Khan, who works at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology and is a faculty member at Cornell University. Khan spoke of his advances in pesticide-free control using native perennial forage species as both deterrents and trap crops.

UConn Today. 4-5-17. Referred to the Agricultural Extension Service as a training resource in the World War I effort. 500 women learned about food conservation, milk testing, canning methods and some military skills and then became trainers for about 30,000 others throughout Connecticut. That Extension group is now referred to as UConn Extension.

YouTube. 4-5-17. Posted a video, narrated by Professor Nancy Rodriguez, of a group doing yoga. Research done by Rodriguez, who is on the faculty of nutritional sciences, indicates that yoga paired with adequate dietary protein is beneficial to people as they age. This video is part of the UConn Science in Seconds series. See also UConn Today. 4-6-17.

By Patsy Evans

Online course catalog created for Extension programs

Extension Course Catalog

There are more than a hundred UConn Extension specialists working throughout Connecticut. These educators are teaching and training in local communities, sharing their wealth of knowledge with residents through a variety of programs. These instructional activities will now be more visible and easier to find with the creation of an online extension course catalog.

The new catalog was proposed by Michael O’Neill, associate dean for outreach and public engagement, in order to raise the profile of extension activities. Prior to the launch of the website, there was no single source that listed and described all of the courses that UConn Extension hosts.

“In this digital age, we need a mechanism for citizens and businesses to access the excellent programs we offer through UConn Extension,” says O’Neill. “I believe that this online catalog is a valuable first step in that direction.” (more…)