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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 Eric Burfeind

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Eric Burfeind

Eric Burfeind is a senior studying allied health sciences (AHS), with a goal of becoming a physician’s assistant. Eric came to UConn with no clear career goal in mind. However, he found his way to the medical field through his AHS major. Eric provides an admirable example of a well-rounded student, through his participation in study abroad, internships and sports. Read more about Eric’s experiences during his time at UConn.

What attracted you to UConn? I was initially attracted to UConn by the sports programs and the AHS major. I enjoy being at a big school like UConn, but I also like how there is still a rural feel. I’m from the other side of Connecticut, so UConn allowed me to be far enough from home, without leaving the state. UConn is also a great value for in-state students, which is helping me to save up money for graduate school.

Why did you choose your major? When I was applying to UConn, the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources did not yet have “health” in its name. I accidentally came upon the AHS major and found it intriguing that it was part of an agricultural college. The major sounded more interesting than physiology and neurobiology or biology. So, I thought I would give it a try. I enjoy the classes because they teach you how to relate to patients more than the cellular and molecular classes do. I had a great experience with all the professors and the advising center. (more…)

Robots are coming to the dairy center

Terms used in dairyingRobots vacuum floors and assist surgeons. Soon, they will be milking the UConn dairy herd. To house the robots, a 3,000-square-foot Kellogg Dairy Center addition is underway with an expected opening in April 2018. When it is finished, the facility will be among the first voluntary milking systems installed at a university.

This state-of-the art robotic technology will benefit the cows’ health and welfare, the farm staff’s ability to care for the animals in an individual way and the students’ experiential learning, according to Steven Zinn, professor and head of the Department of Animal Science.

The idea was first suggested by Mary-Margaret Cole, animal science’s executive program director, and took about two years of “patience and persistence” to be realized, but it resulted in a “true collaboration.”

“Now, the University dairy herd will have cutting-edge technology made possible by the partnership between the Department of Animal Science, the CAHNR Dean’s Office, the Provost’s Office and the UConn Foundation,” Zinn said. The $1.8 million cost covers the whole project from the design phase to the installation of the robots. (more…)

CAHNR in the news

newsprintUConn Magazine reported on the Skype a Scientist project where experts are paired with schools. It listed natural resources and the environment graduate student Mauri Liberati as holding nine sessions with one school.

Wallet Hub asked John Bovay questions about how foodies can save money and how policy changes can improve the local food scene in a “Best Foodie Cities in America” article. Bovay is an assistant professor in agricultural and resource economics.

UConn Magazine featured Horsebarn Hill as the premiere Storrs campus bird-watching site.

Associated Press referred to a UConn study that found highest concentrations of bears in Connecticut are not in the most remote areas. (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…)