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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)

CAHNR in the news

Students with mobile devicesUConn Today reported on the emerald ash borer and its effect on the UConn Forest. It quoted Associate Extension Professor Tom Worthley from the Department of Extension in Middlesex County.

The Daily Campus quoted Associate Cooperative Extension Educator Michael Dietz in an article about UConn and water conservation. Ditez is part of the Department of Extension in Middlesex County.

The Daily Campus ran an article about the gypsy moth population on the Storrs campus. It was one of the worst summers for UConn with some trees becoming defoliated, according to Assistant Extension Professor Ana Legrand. Legrand is on the faculty of plant science and landscape architecture.

WTNH News announced that UConn Extension is inviting Connecticut residents to conserve water by joining the 40 Gallon Challenge. In the Challenge, usage would be reduced by 40 gallons of water per person each day.

By Patsy Evans

Historical image of the week

Dedication of Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture

President Jorgensen and Elizabeth Hicks at the dedication of the Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture. By Jerauld A. Manter, 1950. From the Jerauld A. Manter Photograph Collection, University of Connecticut Photograph Collection.


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…)

Interim dean values College’s people-centered culture

Cameron Faustman

Cameron Faustman Credit: Peter Morenus

As a former undergraduate student, assistant professor, associate professor, professor, interim department head, department head, associate dean and, now, current interim dean, Cameron Faustman has a deep and wide knowledge of the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) and its people. He has nearly 29 years of professional experience in the College.

“It is a great place to work. We are not perfect, but the total culture is a pretty good one,” said Faustman, who began as interim dean of CAHNR and director of the Cooperative Extension System and Storrs Agricultural Experiment Station in January 2017.

He especially appreciates that the College values a people-centered approach to learning. According to Faustman, undergraduate and graduate students truly matter and have ready access to CAHNR’s faculty through their student advising.

This emphasis on people continues to make an impression on former students into their adult lives. He sees this reflected in alumni support for the College and a donor base comprised of mostly individuals instead of only industry groups. “I want to advocate and champion this unique aspect of our college culture,” Faustman said.

Initial accomplishments

Others recognize Faustman’s suitability for this new role. “Cameron is one of the most well-respected members of UConn’s faculty and administration, known across campus for his academic accomplishments, collaborative spirit, and good judgement. The College and the University are fortunate to have him as dean,” said University of Connecticut Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Jeremy Teitelbaum. (more…)