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At the College’s annual awards and honors event, held April 20, the Augustus and Charles Storrs Award was presented to the Clinton S. Roberts Foundation.
The Augustus and Charles Storrs Award is given by the University of Connecticut College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources to recognize and honor those who, through their leadership, generosity, and belief in the future of Connecticut, support the College in its service to the state, region and nation.
The 2016 August and Charles Storrs Award recognizes Clinton S. Roberts, a businessman from Bristol, Connecticut, left a legacy that continues to improve the lives of students at the University of Connecticut College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, through gifts from the Clinton Roberts Fund.
Mr. Roberts was a farmer. In 1992, he suffered a stroke while haying. Mr. Roberts moved to a nursing home as his wife, and son, Warren, who had attended the University of Connecticut, predeceased him. Roberts was a vibrant man, who enjoyed keeping track of the news in hometown of Bristol.
A 2010 National Health Interview Survey indicated that less than 50 percent of the US adult population is aware of genetic testing for cancer susceptibility. The Connecticut Department of Public Health Genomics Office has invited panelists including genetic counselors, a scientist, a physician and student survivors for an interprofessional and interactive event to increase awareness of familial risk for hereditary cancers, genetic testing and counseling services available, genetic nondiscrimination laws and preventive services covered under the Affordable Care Act. Family health history is a strong predictor of disease risk. For example, about 119,000 people in Connecticut are of Jewish descent, a high-risk population subgroup for harmful BRCA gene mutations. BRCA gene mutations are more likely to occur in people who have close family members diagnosed with breast and/or ovarian cancer, highlighting the importance of collecting family health history and sharing this information with healthcare providers. Furthermore, healthcare providers have an increasing role in the identification and referral of patients at high risk for hereditary cancers. If you are of Jewish descent, have a family member diagnosed with a hereditary form of cancer or are pursuing a career in medicine or healthcare sciences, this event is for you! Wednesday November 4, 2015 5:00- 7:00 pm Hillel House, N. Eagleville Rd UConn Storrs Dinner, door prizes and dairy bar provided Students who RSVP & attend will have their names entered into a drawing for a $50 Starbucks gift card. This is an approved UConn Honors event. Support for this event is provided by the UConn Hillel House, the Connecticut Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control, UConn Honors Program, UConn Department of Allied Health Sciences and the UConn Committee on Interprofessional Excellence in Healthcare. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.