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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.

The Daily Campus. 4-20-17. Described the new UConn Extension web catalog, which lists the Extension courses and webinars available to Connecticut’s citizens. The article quoted UConn Extension’s Associate Dean and Associate Director Michael P. O’Neill and Department of Extension Program Specialist Stacey Stearns. Marlese Lessing, an animal science student, wrote it.

The Daily Campus. 4-27-16. Quoted several CAHNR students about their views on the commuter and visitor campus parking lot rule changes.

Daily Mail. 5-15-17. Reported that light daily exercise can lift spirits, according to a UConn research study. Quoted were graduate student and lead author Gregory Panza and Associate Professor Beth Taylor, both from kinesiology. See also Health Medicine Network, Science Daily, NBC News, New York Daily News, Health, Time.com and Psychology Today. (more…)

Historical image of the week

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Albert E Wilkinson in the garden. Photo by Jerauld A. Manter, 1943. From the UConn Libraries Archives and Special Collections.

Meet undergraduate Patrick Dzurilla

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Patrick preparing for a skydive

When an infection in Patrick Dzurilla’s leg sent him to the hospital, his observations of the diagnosis and treatment process helped him decide to become a medical laboratory scientist. When Patrick began to study and practice in the field, his fervor for the occupation became apparent. Although he already has a degree in biology, he explains that studying medical laboratory sciences (MLS) is different. This time, Patrick found his true calling, and his fascination with the work drives his eagerness to learn. Read about Patrick’s experience with the MLS program.

What attracted you to UConn? I wanted to go to a school that had a lot of different options and activities available. Originally, I had looked at other, smaller schools with the intention of entering as a pre-pharmacy major. However, I wasn’t married to pharmacy, and I wanted to make sure that I had options. If my interests changed, I wanted to be able to switch into another major easily. Although UConn is a bigger school, it still has the community of a smaller school. (more…)

Virologist developing vaccines and therapeutics to combat Zika virus, Lyme disease and cancer

The Northeast experienced an unusually warm and dry winter this year. This irregularly tepid season, quickly becoming the new norm due to climate change, is now giving way to spring rains. While the reprieve from bundling up and shoveling snow may have felt like a welcome relief, and the recent precipitation seems fortunate given the drought conditions had been plaguing the region, the past months have been especially good for insects and arachnids. Mosquitoes and ticks in particular are likely to thrive this coming summer due to these mild and wet conditions and their increased presence raises the prospect of health risks from the diseases they carry.

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Paulo Verardi (right) with PhD student Brittany Jasperse (left).

Zika virus and Lyme disease, transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks respectively, are two contagions that continue to cause great concern across the country. Zika virus is expected to appear once again in the southern United States this summer and continued anxiety remains about its ability to spread further north. In Connecticut, tick populations have already soared this year and testing has shown increased levels of Lyme disease bacteria. Developing vaccines to combat the rise and persistence of these diseases is the focus of Paulo Verardi’s current research. Verardi, an associate professor in the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science, recently designed a quicker and safer method of producing vaccines, which has been speeding up the fight against Zika virus and Lyme disease. He is also lending his expertise to battle cancer by exploring the use of vaccines to create innovative therapies in partnership with UConn Health. While Verardi’s lab is busy with many projects, Zika virus continues to be the primary focus.

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CAHNR in the news

newsprintSome 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.

UConn Senior. 4-20-17. Interviewed Christian Caceres, a graduating senior majoring in nutritional sciences/pre-medicine, for the Senior Spotlight. Caceres said that he did nutritional science research in Professor Ji-Young Lee‘s lab for almost 3 years.

NBC News. 4-26-17. Quoted Jennifer Harris, an associate professor in allied health, as saying that some of the ingredients in energy drinks are not FDA-approved as safe in the food supply. The article referenced a study that compared the effects of energy drinks on the body versus caffeine alone. Harris was not part of that study. (more…)