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CAHNR in the news

newspaper readersSome of CAHNR’s people, places and programs made the news recently. The bolded topics are linked to initial media coverage. The roman text links go to additional information.

USA Today. 2-23-17. Published an article about research that indicated public secondary schools have more athletic trainer services than private schools. Alicia Pike, the associate director of research in the Korey Stringer Institute and the main author of the research paper, performed and published the research with other KSI staff.

UConn Today. 3-6-17. Referred to a recently published study about  a community campaign for better beverage choices. Co-authors of the study include Department of Allied Health Sciences Associate Professor Jennifer Harris and Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics Associate Professor Tatiana Andreyeva, who are also part of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. Related articles: CNN. 3-6-17. Gave details of how Howard County, Maryland  reduced sugary drink consumption after reaching out to the Rudd Center for help with their campaign. Medical Research. 3-8-17. Interviewed the director of the Rudd Center, Marlene Schwartz. (more…)

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Class of 1897

Meet undergraduate Amanda Michelson

Amanda Michelson

Amanda Michelson

An animal lover, Amanda Michelson enjoyed horseback riding as a young girl growing up in a suburb of New York City. Michelson is an animal science major with a pre-vet area of interest in the Department of Animal Science and serves as a CAHNR Ambassador while working as an administrative assistant in the College. While she’s leaving her options open, she is leaning toward a veterinary career with large or exotic animals. Here is what she said about her experiences as a CAHNR student:

What attracted you to UConn? I was initially attracted to UConn because of its animal science program and facilities. At the time, I was looking for a school that had a strong undergraduate animal science program that could prepare me for veterinary school, as well as a school that had a polo program since I had started playing polo in high school. When I came to open house and saw the close-knit community of faculty and students within the department and the College overall, I knew it would be a good fit for me.

Why did you choose your particular major? I chose animal science because I knew it would give me a strong foundation for vet school since that’s my ultimate goal. I also really wanted the hands-on practical experience that I knew I wouldn’t get through my major if I had chosen a broader scientific field such as biology or chemistry.

Which one of your UConn activities, internships or jobs, was the most memorable? Why? I just completed an internship this past semester at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, Connecticut, which was a really great opportunity. When I was growing up, I always imagined what it would be like working in a zoo, but never thought I would have the opportunity to experience it. The experience with exotic animals made me a better candidate for graduate school and allowed me to explore my interests further. It was also just a lot of fun in general. I worked with really great zookeepers and learned a lot about exotic animal husbandry and welfare. I loved it so much that I continued going during winter break after my semester ended. (more…)

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Animal Science’s Block and Bridle club had a great weekend at the NESA competition in Rhode Island. The team won the livestock judging contest and was placed fifth overall! (L-R) Natalie Majewski, Molly Stanavage, Kayte Sousa, Katie Libbey, Emily Laflamme, Alex Moen, Marc Acri and advisor Dr. Amy Safran.

Meet Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture student Cristian Mortali


Cristian Mortali

From the quaint town of Orange, Connecticut, Cristian Mortali has been working on farms since he was thirteen years old. With his strong love for Jersey dairy cattle, combined with his appreciation and respect for local agriculture, this Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture (RHSA) student knows that dairy management is his goal for a future career. Here is what he said about his experiences as a RHSA student.

What attracted you to UConn? I was attracted to UConn because of the two-year RHSA program, the dairy management program and the dairy facilities on campus. In my town, anybody involved in agriculture went through RHSA or the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. Many generations have come to UConn from Orange, and I wanted to continue that.

What is your major, and why did you choose it? I am an animal science major. I am focusing on dairy and livestock management. I started working on a farm at a young age, and, from then, it just progressed. I started by feeding beef cattle, and this turned into my love for Jersey dairy cattle and a desire to pursue a career path in dairy management. (more…)