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Research study shows eggs decrease bad cholesterol, increase good

Left to right: Maria-Luz Fernandez, Diana DiMarco and Bruno Lemos

Left to right: Maria-Luz Fernandez, Diana DiMarco and Bruno Lemos

Once maligned for raising plasma cholesterol levels, eggs are gaining favor as an inexpensive dietary source of protein, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and are now considered a safe addition to a healthy diet.

Diana DiMarco, PhD candidate in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, completed a clinical study on egg consumption involving thirty-seven healthy adults between the ages of eighteen and thirty, both male and female with varying diet and exercise habits. The study was funded through the Esperance Family Foundation and the Egg Nutrition Center.

“Our goal of the study was to look at a number of biomarkers for cardiovascular disease,” DiMarco says. “We wanted to get an overall picture of what was happening while eating these different numbers of eggs.”


Meet undergraduate Melina Conrad


Melina’s tattoo in memory of her mother

At a young age, Melina lost her mother to a battle with breast cancer. She wears the breast cancer awareness ribbon on her wrist with the word ‘love’ written across it. The letters are exactly as her mother wrote them to her in a letter years ago. Now Melina studies nutritional sciences in memory of her mother. Find out more about Melina’s experiences here at UConn.

What attracted you to UConn? I grew up twenty minutes away from UConn. When I was little, my parents would take me here to go ice skating or to walk around the campus. I went to community college before here, but once I found out what I wanted to do, my choices were between UConn and Saint Joseph’s. I chose UConn.

What is your major, and why did you choose it? I am majoring in nutritional sciences. When I was eleven, my mom passed away from breast cancer. I wondered if there was anything she could have done differently during her treatment that could have had a different outcome. Nutrition came to mind. My mom was my best friend; she was the one who always pushed me to put school first. I do all of this for her. (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

Awards and accolades for CAHNR

Awards and accoladesRecently, some of CAHNR’s faculty members were selected for awards that recognize their accomplishments.

2017 Dr. Lynne Goodstein and Dr. Peter Langer Award for Honors Advising, given for extraordinary accomplishment and commitment to honors advising. Inaugural recipient Christopher Blesso, an assistant professor in nutritional sciences, will receive this award at the Honors Medals Ceremony on Saturday, April 29 at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts.

Provost’s Awards for Open Educational Resources, awarded to recognize UConn faculty and instructors who have committed to the creation, adaptation, adoption, and review of Open Educational Resources in their courses for a minimum of two years. Approximately 225 students annually will use an online textbook published through OpenStax due to the efforts of one of the award recipients, Emma Bojinova, who is a lecturer in agricultural and resource economics.

By Patsy Evans

Meet undergraduate Caitlin Porter

Caitlin is in the Honors Program, which requires completing an honors thesis in research. In her freshman year, a meeting with her advisor, Dr. Hedley Freake, encouraged her to look for research opportunities as early as possible. Shortly after, she met with Dr. Christopher Blesso, who was new to UConn at the time. Caitlin began doing research in his lab the following semester.


Caitlin Porter at the Fall Frontiers Poster Exhibition

Caitlin now enjoys seeing how nutrition works in the body at a deeper level. For the past year or so, Caitlin has been investigating macrophages, a type of cell involved in the inflammatory response. She uses macrophages to study the effects of sphingomyelin, a phospholipid, on inflammation. Caitlin is analyzing whether or not sphingomyelin could reduce the inflammatory response of macrophages in vitro.

What attracted you to UConn? I come from a small town and high school in New Hampshire. I liked that UConn was a bigger school and could offer opportunities in research and other areas. I also liked the atmosphere, sense of community and its proximity to home. (more…)