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Laboratory Glass Blowing

Laboratory Glass Blowing. 1940–1949. From the University of Connecticut Photograph Collection.

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

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UConn NRE study abroad in Italy

Want to see more from NRE’s 2017 Italy Study Abroad program? Visit to take a peek! #UConn #StudyAbroad #WaterSystems

— UConn NRE (@UConnNRE) June 26, 2017

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…)

Professor Sandra Bushmich appointed as associate dean for academic programs

Sandra Bushmich with one of the College's foals born in the spring of 2017.

Sandra Bushmich with one of the College’s foals born in the spring of 2017.

Sandra Bushmich has been appointed associate dean for academic programs and director of the Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture. Bushmich started her new position March 17, replacing Cameron Faustman, currently interim dean of the College.

“Sandy is known to students and her colleagues as a committed teacher and advisor,” Faustman says. “Our College’s Office of Academic Programs will benefit tremendously from her commitment to the student experience, both curricular and co-curricular, and her energy and enthusiasm.”

“My vision as associate dean for academic programs directly relates to how this office can best serve the College and the University to achieve the optimal potential of our diverse students by providing them with the knowledge and skills to improve their world, from their daily personal interactions to global impacts,” Bushmich says.