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Rain Garden

UConn students installing a rain garden at Avery Point with Mike Dietz from UConn CLEAR. (@UConnExtension, Sept 8, 2017)

Meet graduate student Leticia Riva

Leticia Riva

Leticia Riva

Leticia Riva was born in Uruguay and moved to Spain at eighteen. She received her master’s degree in resource economics from the College’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, where she is currently a Ph.D. candidate. Riva has studied in Spain, Germany, England and the United States. These experiences opened her eyes to the circumstances of people in various parts of the world, inspiring Riva to study economics as a way to understand and improve the lives of others. Her research focuses on topics related to trust, poverty and communities. Here is what she said in an interview.

Where did you study as an undergraduate? What was your major? I studied as an undergraduate in Málaga, Spain. My major was economics.

Why did you decide to go to graduate school? I decided to go to graduate school because I liked (and I like) economics and I wanted to acquire more knowledge. I also think that nowadays it is one of the paths to follow if we want to work in positions where we can have more freedom to develop ideas and study them.

Who is your advisor? What is your field of research? My advisor is Nathan Fiala, and my field of research is economic development.

Name one aspect of your work that you like. What I like is the possibility of developing ideas and trying to implement them. This work allows me to research topics that I am interested in and study them deeper while I am in an environment with people who give me feedback and have experience in related topics. This is great. (more…)

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Students eating ice cream in front of old Dairy Bar

Students eating ice cream in front of old Dairy Bar. By Jerauld A. Manter, 1951. From the Jerauld A. Manter Photograph Collection, University of Connecticut Photograph Collection. (CC BY-NC)


Meet graduate student Amanda Jones

Amanda Jones

Amanda Jones

Amanda Jones came to the Department of Animal Science to earn her master’s degree, intending to study equine science. After becoming involved in a collaborative research group interested in the study of maternal nutrition in sheep, she enrolled in the PhD program to continue her research training. She successfully defended her dissertation earlier this month and has plans to complete a postdoc in the Department of Pediatrics, Neonatology, at the University of Colorado Denver. Here is what she said in an interview.

Where did you study as an undergraduate?

I went to Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

What was your major?

I majored in animal science. I also completed an honors research thesis in the vet school. We studied diseases of the upper respiratory system and were investigating diagnostic techniques that could evaluate larynx function. We used horses and dogs as biomedical models for humans because similar upper respiratory diseases affect all three species.

Why did you decide to go to graduate school?

I really enjoyed research as an undergraduate, and always thought I would end up in vet school. During my junior year, I enrolled in a coursed titled Tools for a Lifelong Career in Research. It really opened my eyes to careers in animal science and agriculture aside from just vet medicine. I also realized that I liked working with healthy animals and figuring why things were happening rather than curing sickness or disease. This realization is what that pushed me into grad school and research. (more…)

CAHNR in the news

newspaper readersUConn Today depicted two incoming CAHNR students, Olivia Knuth and Prachi Udeshi, in an article about new freshmen. It also quoted Knuth, who was described as an animal science major from West Hartford. included comments from Department of Kinesiology Professor Douglas Casa about a high school football drill that killed a player. See also CBS Sports.

Time quoted Professor Nancy Rodriguez as saying that protein from whole foods, rather than powder, contributes extra micronutrients and fiber to the diet. Rodriguez is on the faculty of nutritional sciences.

UConn Today mentioned Alexandra Grimaldi, who is a dual-degree student studying English and allied health sciences with a concentration in public health and health promotion, in an article about summer research opportunities for students at UConn Health. (more…)