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Meet alumna Stephanie Laham

Stephanie Laham

Stepahnie Laham

Hands-on experience with local foods played a part in Stephanie Laham’s academic career and continues to this day. She taught nutrition to kids in Hartford while at UConn, was a Connecticut food lab intern and researched wild blueberries in Maine. Now, this CAHNR graduate is a culinary scientist with a South Windsor pasta company. Here is what she said in an interview.

What was your major in the College? When did you graduate? With what degree? In 2010, I got my BS in nutritional sciences with a minor in food science. My 2012 master’s degree is in food science and human nutrition from the University of Maine.

What CAHNR class was most useful to you? In addition to the usual chemistry and biochemistry, two of the courses I took relate especially well to my current job. I took animal food products with Professor Richard Mancini, which was a hands-on animal science class. We made sausage and learned about the various cuts of meat.

My food composition and preparation class was very interactive and exciting. We were able to try out different ingredients in a recipe to see how they affect the outcome of the finished product. It was a little like the television show, America’s Test Kitchen. (more…)

CAHNR in the news

newspaper readersSome 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.

Brattleboro Reformer. 12-10, 11-16. Reported that Denise “Jane” Ashworth, a  College alumna with two degrees in horticulture, published her first children’s book at age 99.

WNPR. 12-13-16. Pointed out that buying local can include more than produce. In the article, Stacey Stearns, a program specialist in the department of extension,  mentioned other ways Connecticut citizens can be locavores.

UConn Today. 12-16-16. Cited research that showed that black youth were exposed to more junk food advertising than other kids who did not watch black-targeted networks.  Co-author of the study, published in Pediatric Obesity, is Associate Professor Jennifer Harris of allied health sciences. See also The Washington Post. 12-15-16,  CBS Philly. 12-16-16,  NewsOne. 12-19-16, Fox News. 12-20-16 and The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education . 1-3-17.


Registered dietitian treats eating disorders and promotes worksite health through preventive care

Jennifer Buden

Jennifer Buden.

The ability to combine learning and hands-on experience in nutritional counseling drew Jennifer Buden to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics in the Department of Allied Health Sciences as an undergraduate. The program, one of the few of its kind in New England, offers an opportunity for students to apply their practicum work and classroom training to meet accreditation criteria to prepare for the exam to become registered dietitians. After completing the program, Buden elected to continue on at UConn to earn her master’s degree in health promotion sciences.

“As a senior, I was offered the opportunity to work with Dr. [Pouran] Faghri on her research,” says Buden. “I was interested in worksite wellness programs to intervene, counsel and educate individuals with chronic conditions or those seeking preventive care to effect long-term lifestyle changes to their behaviors. I also hoped to strengthen the connections I had made at UConn. When I become a graduate student, I was involved in the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention and Policy, learning how to assist individuals and community groups with strategies to reduce their risk of chronic disease and minimize the associated health care costs.”

Buden also became a part of a team of researchers conducting a groundbreaking study on the health of correctional employees.

According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 70 percent of adults over the age of twenty are overweight or obese. This epidemic puts a majority of the population at increased risk for health complications from high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. In an effort to combat this mounting crisis, researchers have been studying the workplace to determine factors that might be responsible for poor health behaviors and as a site to promote positive health through policies, programs and resources. Corrections officers have been identified as a group that experiences these health threats at rates higher than the general adult population. (more…)

CAHNR in the news

newspaper readersSome 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.

UConn Today. 11-23-16. Interviewed Professor Michael Darre about the popularity of heritage turkey breeds for holiday meals. Darre is on the animal science faculty. The article also mentioned Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm in Sterling, the Hermonot family farm that is run by several CAHNR graduates.

UConn Today. 11-28-16. Told the story of Linda Jo Stern, a nutritional sciences alumna who is completing a scholarship fund pledge her parents made. In addition to comments about Stern’s parents’ accomplishments, the article gave information about Stern’s academic and career paths and how CAHNR helped her. (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.

Health Medicine Network. 11-13-16. Described a public health campaign to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks, which was part of a research project. Co-authors of the study include Tatiana Andreyeva, an associate professor in agricultural and resource economics, Jennifer Harris, an associate professor in allied health sciences and Xun Li, a research scholar in agricultural and resource economics. The researchers used objective retail sales data to measure the campaign’s effectiveness. See also Baltimore Sun. 11-13-16, Capitol Bay. 11-16-16 and UPI, 11-17-16.

Statesman Journal. 11-13-16. Highlighted a grant program to help selected schools with funding for athletic trainers in order to increase high school athlete safety. Department of Kinesiology Professor Douglas Casa was quoted in the article, and the Korey Stringer Institute is a partner in the effort. (more…)