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Meet undergraduate Gabriel DeRosa

Gabriel DeRosa

Gabriel DeRosa.

Gabriel DeRosa recently completed a UConn study abroad experience at the International Studies Institute at Palazzo Rucellai in Florence, Italy. He participated in the College’s Sustainable Food and Environmental Systems Program where students learn about European agriculture, economy and society, gaining additional perspectives to compare and contrast with their American experiences.

The program, which occurs in the fall semester, allows students to spend fourteen weeks earning fourteen credits overseas. It features classroom instruction and study tours and internships. Throughout the immersive experience, they learn how food is produced, transformed, distributed, prepared and consumed in Italy. The particular areas of focus are determined by the three CAHNR faculty members that accompany students, tailoring each excursion into a unique experience based on their expertise. Typically, the cost for Connecticut residents is slightly more than attending UConn for a typical fall semester and in the case of out-of-state students, the cost for the program may be lower than that for a typical fall semester. Financial assistance may be available for qualified students. For more information, please email John.Volin@uconn.edu, Hedley.Freake@uconn.edu or Steven.Rackliffe@uconn.edu or go to abroad.uconn.edu.

What is your major, and why did you choose it?

I’m a horticulture major. Growing up I spent a lot of time near farms. I always had friends that had farms or lots of land, and so I was around a lot of animals and livestock. I found I was interested in farming but realized that I wanted to focus on plants. I started looking around for community agricultural projects and different organic farms in my area to get involved in. Once I started working, I knew I had discovered something I really enjoyed doing. Then I found that UConn has a great program for plant science. (more…)

CAHNR takes students to Ireland in May

Ireland is the perfect location for CAHNR students to participate in education abroad and to receive learning beyond the classroom, according to two faculty members who are taking a group there this May.

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CAHNR’s education abroad experience includes a one-week stay in the Irish countryside.

Professors Sheila Andrew, of animal science, and Sandra Bushmich, of pathobiology and veterinary science, are leading the new three-week UConn Global One Health: Irish and US Perspective education abroad program. They noted that this opportunity offers three UConn graded credits in a beautiful place with no language barrier for under $5,000.

Study animal, human and environmental health
Being able to compare and contrast how the One Health concept is implemented in two different cultures is a plus, as well. “We are excited for our students to gain an in-depth understanding of how our food systems are closely tied to human health and environmental sustainability. Visiting Ireland will provide the students not only a comparison to US food systems, but also an opportunity to experience a vibrant culture in a beautiful country,” Andrew said.

The group will be small and stay together for three weeks, which will allow for meeting others with similar interests and for easy access to hands-on learning. The students begin the program in the United States on May 15. (more…)

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Junior Short Course In Landscaping, Connecticut State College

Junior Short Course In Landscaping, Connecticut State College. By Jerauld A. Manter 1930–1939. From the UConn Library’s Archives and Special Collections.

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.

Office of Undergraduate Research Education website. 1-25-17. Announced that three CAHNR students were among the fall 2016 IDEA Grant recipients. As part of IDEA group projects, horticulture students Peter Apicella and Jacob Griffith Gardner will direct breeding efforts of Aronia, a fruit bearing shrub. With a CLAS student, Kelsey Witik, an environmental science student, will study the effects of road salt on soils and trees.

Scientific American. 12-23-17. Ran an article about research into the toxicological risk from polar bears’ exposure to pollutants.  It quoted Department of Natural Resources and the Environment Assistant Professor Melissa McKinney, who was not part of the study.

By Patsy Evans

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Winter Sports Co-Ed Class

Winter Sports Co-Ed Class. By Jerauld A. Manter, 1944. From the UConn Library’s Archives and Special Collections.