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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…)

A nutritional leader emerges

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Emerging leader, Tho Pham, stands next to his award-winning poster.

A UConn nutritional sciences postdoctoral fellow, who was named an “emerging leader” in his field at a recent international event, began the path to nutrition research when he was studying biochemistry as a Nebraska undergraduate.

“I was always curious about science and loved biochemistry. But, I never imagined being in nutritional sciences,” said Tho Pham, who is the first place winner of the postdoctoral fellow category in American Society for Nutrition’s Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science poster competition at Experimental Biology 2017. Four hundred nutritional scientists judged the competition.

In referring to this award and Pham’s USDA pre and postdoctoral fellowship grants, Department of Nutritional Sciences Head Sung Koo said, “Tho is truly an emerging scholar.”

Scholar Pham is not new to receiving honors. For example, his first exposure to nutritional sciences started with an (more…)

CAHNR in the news

newsprintMedical News Today quoted Gregory Panza, a Department of Kinesiology graduate student, about research results that found that people who are not active can improve their subjective well-being by performing some physical activity. Panza was the lead author of the study, which was published in Journal of Health Psychology. Other kinesiology researchers involved in the research include Associate Professor Beth Taylor and Distinguished Professor Linda Pescatello.

UConn Today gave suggestions on how to deal with ticks, including information about their life cycles. The article quoted College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources Dean Sandra Bushmich and Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture Public Service Technician Susan Pelton and referenced a Home and Garden Education Center publication about ticks. (more…)

CAHNR in the news

Students with mobile devicesScientific American highlighted the work of Assistant Professor Melissa McKinney with polar bears. The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment faculty member found that as sea ice disappears, the bears move to land and change their basic diet. As a result, the researchers saw a 65 percent drop in the polar bears’ mercury levels. See also Popular Science. 6-15-17 and the research publication.

UConn Today interviewed Associate Extension Professor Thomas Worthley about the current gypsy moth invasion and the effects on trees. He is part of the Department of Extension in Middlesex County.

Hartford Courant quoted Carol Quish in an article about cleaning gypsy moth caterpillar frass off driveways and decks. Quish is a program aide in plant science and landscape architecture. (more…)

CAHNR in the news

newspaper readersSome 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.

Time. 6-6-17. Linked to nutritional sciences research about the effects of resistance training on the inflammatory response. Professor Maria Luz Fernandez is the corresponding author of the 2010 study. See also InStyle. 6-11-17.

Fox61 (video). 6-8-17. Visited CAHNR for their Day Trippers segment and showed some things to do around Horsebarn Hill in the summer. The Department of Animal Science’s Steven Zinn, professor and department head, and Bill Sciturro, manager of dairy manufacturing, were interviewed in the video, which also depicted animals and ice cream making.

Today. 6-12-17. Mentioned Department of Kinesiology Human Performance Laboratory findings that showed mild dehydration can alter mood.

UConn Today. 6-13-17. Referenced a study of trends in TV food ads aimed at young people. Department of Allied Health Sciences Associate Professor Jennifer Harris was involved in the research. (more…)