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CAHNR in the news

newspaper readersWTNH aired a video about the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory’s tick testing. Technical Assistant Maureen Sims and Holly McGinnis were shown doing their work. The video also included footage of Associate Extension Professor Tom Worthley from the Department of Extension in Middlesex County. He described how a large amount of ticks crawled onto and bit workers doing research among invasive Japanese barberry plants.

Newtown Bee quoted Donna Ellis about weevils for the control of the invasive mile-a-minute vine. Ellis is a senior cooperative extension educator in plant science and landscape architecture. The weevils are being used in Newtown, Connecticut.

UConn Today ran an article about a new database that helps connect media representatives to UConn experts in the field. People on the list will also write for The Conversation, an academic news operation. Experts from CAHNR include Professor Douglas Casa, Professor Valerie Duffy, Assistant Professor Paulo Verardi and Distinguished Professor Linda Pescatello. Casa and Pescatello are from kinesiology, Duffy is from allied health and Verardi is from pathobiology. (more…)

Meet undergraduate student Cameron Collins

Cameron Collins

Cameron Collins has a great respect for the earth and desires to live a sustainable life. He has taken a different path though the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources than most students and has even created his own individualized major. Cameron has had many experiences throughout his time as a UConn student, both at the University and through participation in outside activities.

What attracted you to UConn? UConn was not my first choice school. However, throughout my time here I have grown to love the school and appreciate all my experiences. When I first came to UConn, I felt lost because of the diverse selection of courses. Once I began to work closer with professors in CAHNR, my perspectives on UConn, as a whole, really changed.

What is your major, and why did you choose it? I have a double major in sustainable plant and soil systems and global perspectives in sustainable agroecology, which is an individualized major.

I knew that I wanted to work with plants, but I realized I was missing an aspect of sustainability, which is very important to me. At one point, I majored in nutrition, which interested me. However, I wanted to incorporate the sustainability of nutrition, plants and animals into one area of study, which is how I formed my individualized major.

I desire to live the most sustainable life I can. One day, I hope to build a farm community that works to treat the earth with respect.

Which one of your UConn activities, internships or jobs was the most memorable? Why? This summer, I had an internship living in a sustainable community in India that was off the grid.  We had hand water pumps and no electricity. This helped me to wrap my mind around what it means to live sustainably and gave me a view of the community standpoint of sustainability.  This internship helped me to shape my future hopes more than anything else I have done. (more…)

CAHNR in the news

newspaper readersConnecticut Network video depicted CAHNR Interim Dean Cameron Faustman, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics Department Head and Professor Rigoberto Lopez and ARE student Chris Laughton discussing the Economic Impacts of Connecticut’s Agricultural Industry Report. See also Morning Ag Clips, UConn Today, The Day, Hartford Business.com, Hartford Courant and Mansfield (CT) Patch.

YouTube posted a video of the UConn Learning Communities Kickoff, which included Juliana Jacoboski as one of the speakers. Jacoboski is a pathobiology major.

News Times ran an article about fall foliage. Program Aide Carol Quish commented about the impact of fungal diseases on trees. Quish is part of plant science and landscape architecture.

UConn Today mentioned the Department of Kinesiology in it article about health care for migrant farm workers. (more…)

Meet graduate student Phil Estrin

Phil Estrin

Phil Estrin

Phil Estrin is a PhD student in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture. After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UConn in molecular and cellular biology, he began studying the growth of hemp for medicinal uses with aspirations to start his own gene consultation company. Here is what he said in an interview.

Where did you study as an undergraduate?

I studied at UConn and graduated in 2014.

What was your major?

My major was Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB).

Why did you decide to go to graduate school?

After I graduated, I was very afraid that I knew nothing and so, in an attempt to delay an introduction into the real world, I sought solace in academia. I started by earning my master’s degree in MCB at UConn as well. Then, I was still worried, so I decided to come back one more time.

I really decided my path when I was looking at internships as a master’s student. I saw the big pharma options, companies like Pfizer or Boehringer Ingelheim, and I wanted to go a different way. Since medical marijuana had recently been legalized, I sent my resume to the four producers in the state and got a job at one of them. Once I had the internship, I knew this was something I was interested in studying further.

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CAHNR in the news

newsprintPeople magazine quoted Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics Assistant Professor John Bovay in an article about why avocados are so expensive now.

New York Times reported on the opening of the MISSION Heat Lab at UConn’s Korey Stringer Institute. The lab is housed in the Department of Kinesiology. See also SGB Media, Omaha World-Herald The Washington Post, The Daily Campus and UConn Today.

CNN quoted Department of Allied Health Sciences Associate Professor Jennifer Harris about a public health concern. Harris said that product placements in video games aimed at youth make them less skeptical than classical ads.

The Westerly Sun ran an article by Dawn Pettinelli about growing castor bean plants. Pettinelli is an assistant cooperative extension educator in plant science and landscape architecture. (more…)