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Students with mobile devicesMen’s Health cited a research paper by student William Martin, Professor Lawrence Armstrong and Professor Nancy Rodriguez.  The paper studied dietary protein intake and renal function. Martin and Rodriguez are part of nutritional sciences while Armstrong is in kinesiology.

The Day reported that UConn Extension will have a nonvoting seat on the board of directors for  the Thames River Innovation Place (TRIP) in order to help design TRIP’s evaluation and assessment process.

Crookston Times announced that the new University of Minnesota Crookston Chancellor is Mary Holz-Clause, a former assistant dean and director of global programs in CAHNR.

Weather.com quoted Associate Professor Paulo Verardi about tick-born illnesses and vaccines for them. Verardi does research in vaccine development in the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science.

Runner’s World described research that studied the role of vitamin D in blood pressure during rest and maximal exercise. Authors of the study include graduate student Amanda L. Zaleski, Distinguished Professor Linda Pescatello, Associate Professor Beth Taylor and former graduate student Braden Armstrong. All are from the Department of Kinesiology.

By Patsy Evans

Meet graduate student Arielle Halpern

Arielle Halpern

Arielle Halpern

As a four-year-old, Arielle Halpern decided she wanted to be a veterinarian, a ballerina and a mom. She took ballet lessons from the time she was a toddler until her junior year in college. During her middle school summers, Halpern participated in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Summer Programs where she studied oceanography, creative writing, zoology, whales and estuary systems, at several university locations from Hawaii to New York. As a graduate student in the Department of Animal Science, Halpern is focused on becoming an extension educator to increase public awareness of animal practices while promoting human production practices that improve the welfare of animals. Here is what she said in an interview.

Where did you study as an undergraduate? What was your major? I studied animal science at the University of Maryland during my undergraduate career.

Why did you decide to go to graduate school? I decided to go to graduate school to further my career goals of becoming an extension agent.

Who is your advisor? What is your field of research? I work with my advisor, Dr. Kristen Govoni, on research into the effect of maternal nutrition on offspring productivity. My thesis focuses on ascertaining patterns in the management practices of New England sheep producers with an aim of improving outreach and welfare.

Name one aspect of your work that you like. I enjoy the opportunities I have to collaborate with other animal scientists who are as passionate about our work as I am.

In your opinion, what is your greatest accomplishment so far? My greatest accomplishment thus far is how I have succeeded in my coursework and lab work, after the struggle I had as an undergraduate.

When do you expect to get your degree? What then? I expect to receive my master’s degree in the spring or summer of 2018. After that, I hope to have an extension agent position lined up.

Is there anything else you would like us to know about you? I love birds and grew up with four cockatiels and a hawk-headed parrot.

By Kim Colavito Markesich

Organization celebrates 25 years supporting state tree wardens

Tree warden logo colorConnecticut’s trees are a source of pride for its residents and they attract visitors with their picturesque beauty, lining downtowns and neighborhoods across the state. The aesthetic splendor of trees in the state are complemented by the multiple environmental benefits they offer. They reduce noise and air pollution, decrease the erosion of soil by slowing rainfall, supply wildlife habitat and provide shade. It is easy to appreciate these valuable natural resources without considering the important responsibility that rests with a municipal tree warden, who ensures the protection of these public assets.

The Tree Wardens’ Association of Connecticut (TWAC) celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary this spring, in observation of a quarter of a century of efforts to guide municipal tree wardens. A 501(c)(3) voluntary membership organization, TWAC was established by Senior Extension Educator Bob Ricard in 1992. As a member of UConn Extension, Ricard sought to provide training, assistance and education to tree wardens across the state and create social networking opportunities. TWAC held a gala event, with workshops and an award ceremony on April 28 at the Omni Hotel in New Haven to mark the occasion.

The stewardship of public trees was formalized in Connecticut General Assembly in 1901 with the passage of a state law requiring every town and city to appoint a tree warden. The appointed tree warden is responsible for the care and control of trees and shrubs in their municipality. The only exceptions are trees along state highways, which are overseen by the Commissioner of Transportation, and trees in parks that fall under the jurisdiction of a Park Commissioner. Tree wardens may appoint deputies to assist with carrying out the duties of the tree warden. The intention of the legislation was urban reforestation while ensuring public benefit and safety. (more…)

CAHNR in the news

newspaper readersAOL posted a video of Ashley Kalinauskas, who founded the company behind a treatment that helps dogs, cats and horses combat cancer. Kalinauskas earned a bachelor’s degree in pathobiology and veterinary sciences.

MySA included an article about summer interns at the Connecticut Audubon Society. One of them, Helena Ives, tracks the populations of threatened coastal birds, such as the piping plover. Ives is a student in natural resources and the environment.

Times Union reported on the implications of research done by Professor Mark Brand for New York state plant sellers.  Brand’s development of four infertile, seedless barberry varieties will allow residents to buy a favorite landscaping plant that is not invasive like the other, older varieties. Brand is part of plant science and landscape architecture. (more…)

Awards and accolades for CAHNR

4-H Leaders Conference Awards(1)

4-H Leaders Conference Awards, Connecticut Agricultural College. By Jerauld A. Manter, 1956. From the UConn Libraries Archives and Special Collections.

The purpose of the Excellence in in Urban 4-H Programming Award is to recognize outstanding efforts by members in urban programming and to strengthen the commitment to urban programming curriculum. The National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Member Recognition Committee selected the Tools for Healthy Living program as the national award winner for the competition. This afterschool program, which is a group effort by Assistant Cooperative Extension Educator Jennifer Cushman, Associate Cooperative Extension Educator Mary Margaret Gaudio, Associate Cooperative Extension Educator Sharon Gray and Assistant Cooperative Extension Educator Miriah Kelly, teaches fourth to sixth grade youth in Hartford and New Britain about healthy homes. The recognition ceremony is on November 16, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

CAHNR alumni and former 4-Hers Scott Morey and Heidi (Claus) Morey were recently chosen as the official veterinarians of Jonathan XIV and Jonathan XIII, the current UConn canine mascot and his predecessor. The Moreys’ practice, Fenton River Veterinary Hospital, sponsors the Jonathans. See the related article in UConn Today.

By Patsy Evans