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CAHNR takes students to Ireland in May

Ireland is the perfect location for CAHNR students to participate in education abroad and to receive learning beyond the classroom, according to two faculty members who are taking a group there this May.

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CAHNR’s education abroad experience includes a one-week stay in the Irish countryside.

Professors Sheila Andrew, of animal science, and Sandra Bushmich, of pathobiology and veterinary science, are leading the new three-week UConn Global One Health: Irish and US Perspective education abroad program. They noted that this opportunity offers three UConn graded credits in a beautiful place with no language barrier for under $5,000.

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Being able to compare and contrast how the One Health concept is implemented in two different cultures is a plus, as well. “We are excited for our students to gain an in-depth understanding of how our food systems are closely tied to human health and environmental sustainability. Visiting Ireland will provide the students not only a comparison to US food systems, but also an opportunity to experience a vibrant culture in a beautiful country,” Andrew said.

The group will be small and stay together for three weeks, which will allow for meeting others with similar interests and for easy access to hands-on learning. The students begin the program in the United States on May 15. (more…)

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.

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…)

College faculty facilitate collaborations with Cuban researchers

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A street in Havana, Cuba. Photo taken by CAHNR students on summer 2016 trip.

Five College faculty members traveled to Cuba last week for a networking event at the Institute of Animal Science (ICA) in furtherance of the Cuba Research Initiative. The three-day event consisted of presentations and discussions of agricultural and animal science issues with a focus on developing new projects and collaborations between researchers in the US and Cuba. Representatives from the National Center for Agricultural Health (CENSA), National Institute for Agricultural Sciences (INCA), Agrarian University of Havana (UNAH) and the ICA greeted the visiting faculty. The meetings provided an opportunity to formulate research partnerships that will benefit both nations.

UConn faculty members and students from the College previously visited Cuba over the summer to participate in an international conference. Prior to the summer conference, Assistant Professor Tania Huedo-Medina of the Department of Allied Health Sciences, had initiated and strengthened relationships with ICA, CENSA and UNAH through a workshop she taught on meta-analysis for the biometrics doctorate program at ICA.

The trip was sponsored by the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR), the individual departments of visiting faculty members and Global Affairs and represents an ongoing effort to secure partnerships in the country.

Associate Professor Guillermo Risatti of the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science led the UConn team. Other faculty members include Professor Steven Zinn, head of the Department of Animal Science; Professor Hedley Freake of the Department of Nutritional Sciences; and Assistant Extension Professor Ana Legrand of the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture and UConn Extension. Professor John Volin, head of the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, was to have gone but had to cancel his trip shortly before departure.

Aviana Rosen of the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention and Policy and the project coordinator for the Cuba Research Initiative, conceived by Huedo-Medina, accompanied the group as well. (more…)

Grant awards fund new conservation science initiatives

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John Volin (right) and Tom Worthley (center), an assistant extension professor, with NRCA group in the UConn Forest.

Projects stemming from the Natural Resources Conservation Academy (NRCA) were recently awarded over $3 million in grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The funds will be used to initiate two research projects that will expand the scope and reach of the academy’s conservation science initiatives into communities and schools across Connecticut. The NRCA and the new projects are interdisciplinary collaborations and housed within the College’s Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (NRE) and Department of Extension.

NSF’s Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program recently awarded a nearly $3 million grant entitled: “Promoting Lifelong STEM Learning Through a Focus on Conservation, Geospatial Technology, and Community Engagement” to John Volin, professor and Head of NRE, and colleagues in NRE, Center for Land Use and Research, extension and the Neag School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI). The program seeks to educate adult learners and high school students across the state in the use of geospatial technology in conservation science with an emphasis on applications for land use. Participants will be familiarized with geospatial technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and remote sensing (images captured by satellites or aircraft) and taught how these tools can be used to support conservation practices and community planning. The AISL program advances the development and implementation of opportunities that bring STEM learning into informal environments to promote education, research and engagement with the public. (more…)