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CAHNR in the news

newspaper readersUConn Today depicted two incoming CAHNR students, Olivia Knuth and Prachi Udeshi, in an article about new freshmen. It also quoted Knuth, who was described as an animal science major from West Hartford.

silive.com included comments from Department of Kinesiology Professor Douglas Casa about a high school football drill that killed a player. See also CBS Sports.

Time quoted Professor Nancy Rodriguez as saying that protein from whole foods, rather than powder, contributes extra micronutrients and fiber to the diet. Rodriguez is on the faculty of nutritional sciences.

UConn Today mentioned Alexandra Grimaldi, who is a dual-degree student studying English and allied health sciences with a concentration in public health and health promotion, in an article about summer research opportunities for students at UConn Health. (more…)

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

Meet alumna Laura Kunces

Laura Kunces

Laura Kunces

With the fast-paced schedule needed to obtain three degrees from UConn in two CAHNR academic departments, Laura Kunces feels prepared for the job of keeping up with the nutritional needs of professional athletes and coaches. Here is what the nutritional sciences and kinesiology graduate told us about UConn and her current career.

What was your major in the College? When did you graduate? With what degree? I graduated in May 2008 with a bachelor’s in nutritional sciences. I minored in nutrition for exercise and sport. In addition, I received two degrees, a MS in 2012 and a PhD in 2014 in kinesiology with a focus on low-carb diets and metabolism.

What class was most useful to you? When I was still a student, some of my favorite classes were Nutrition for Exercise and Sport, Medical Nutrition Therapy and the foods lab course. Now that I have more work experience, I recognize that other classes, such as Human Anatomy and Physiology and organic chemistry, have great relevance to what I do on a daily basis. Almost every class from graduate school has a direct link to my work now.

Tell us some of your fond memories of UConn. When I was an undergraduate, one of the most memorable days was the dietetic internship match day!

Some of my fondest memories of UConn were from things I did outside the classroom, such as walking in the snow from the West Campus Residence Halls all the way to the nutritional sciences buildings and the Dairy Bar. (more…)

CAHNR in the news

Students with mobile devicesUConn Today announced the release of a survey done by Korey Stringer Institute researchers focused on a nationwide health and safety policy ranking for high school athletics. The study is slated to appear in The Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. See also Sports Illustrated, New York Times, Hartford Courant, Providence Business News, Associated Press, The Charlotte Observer, Portland (ME) Press-Herald, Hearst Newspapers and Denver Post.

UConn Daily Digest announced that Judy Benson is Connecticut Sea Grant’s new communications coordinator. She earned a MS in natural resources and the environment in 2015 and a BA in journalism in 1983. Both degrees were from UConn. Benson won first place for environmental reporting in the New England Better Newspaper Competition in 2015, 2010, 2009 and 2008.

UConn Today listed student-athletes who made the Big East All-Academic Team for the 2016-17 season. The list included lacrosse teammates Dani Dunn from animal science and Julia Simmons from allied health as well as field hockey player and animal science student Darby Smith. (more…)

Meet graduate student Roman Shrestha

Roman Shresthra

Roman Shresthra

As a volunteer intern and then research assistant in his native Nepal, Roman Shrestha worked with nonprofit groups on HIV prevention and intervention. After earning his undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry, he decided to pursue a master’s degree in public health at UConn, where he is currently completing his Ph.D. in public health in the Department of Allied Health Sciences. Here’s what he said in an interview.

Where did you study as an undergraduate? Wiley College in Marshall, Texas.

What was your major? I majored in biology and chemistry.

Why did you decide to go to graduate school? As an undergraduate student, I spent two summers as an intern at UConn. I spoke with professors in public health, and they were doing similar types of work that I was doing in Nepal related to HIV prevention. It came to me that I wanted to pursue public health rather than biology.

Who is your advisor and what is your field of research? My advisor is Dr. Michael Copenhaver in the Department of Allied Health Sciences. My primary field of research is HIV prevention. It is interdisciplinary, in that my work involves HIV risk reduction, substance abuse, neurocognitive impairment and mHealth (mobile technology on health management). My dissertation work is mostly related to developing a brief integrative bio-behavioral approach for HIV prevention among drug users.

Name one aspect of your work that you like. It’s research and clinical work at the same time. I mostly work with drug users. I talk to them, do group, and help them in any way possible. At the same time, I mentor students. (more…)