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Awards and accolades for CAHNR

4-H Leaders Conference Awards(1)

4-H Leaders Conference Awards. By Jerauld A. Manter, 1956. From the UConn Libraries Archives and Special Collections.

Recently, some of CAHNR’s faculty, staff and students were selected for awards that recognize their accomplishments. Bold text is linked to the award news. Roman text links go to additional information.

Office of Undergraduate Research Education website. 4-26-17. Spring 2017 IDEA Grant recipients included two CAHNR students. Animal science student, Maya Schlesinger, will study the effects of probiotic supplements on chicken embryo muscle development.

As part of an IDEA group project, Kristin Burnham will develop a model that helps high school students make mental and sexual health decisions. Burham is a pathobiology major. She will work with a marketing student on the project.

UConn Today. 4-28-17. President Susan Herbst presented the UConn Spirit Awards. The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) was a Team Finalist. According to the criteria for the award, the group’s “collaboration has positively impacted the entire University.” EFNEP team members are part of the Department of Nutritional Sciences or the Department of Extension.

By Patsy Evans

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Landscaping Services building

The Landscaping Services building from March 2001. The historical building was almost 100 years old when it unfortunately burned down on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

Meet undergraduate Sarah Acerbo

Sarah Acerbo

Sarah Acerbo

Sarah Acerbo always pictured herself in some field of medicine and selected athletic training as a way to combine her interests. She played soccer as a youth and again in high school, where she also served as a coach and referee to a girls’ youth team. As a high school student, Acerbo tore her ACL and worked with an enthusiastic athletic trainer, sparking her interest in the field. She enjoys the diversity of athletic training, whether it’s working during an athletic event, assisting with rehabilitation, or helping an athlete through the emotional effect of an injury. Here is what she said about her experiences as a CAHNR student.

What attracted you to UConn? When I was applying to colleges, UConn was one of the colleges I was most familiar with since I lived so close to the main campus. When I was looking at the athletic training program at UConn, I discovered that it has one of the best kinesiology programs in the country. My high school athletic trainer, Anna, also graduated from the same athletic training program I am in now, and she spoke very highly of it. She also turned out to be a fantastic athletic trainer, and I thought, “Why not apply to a school that graduated such a highly respected health care professional? Maybe I can be as good an athletic trainer as she is.”

Why did you choose your particular major? I always knew I wanted to have some type of career in the medical field, and when I was in high school, I became very passionate and involved in the world of athletics. Athletic training is a career in the world of sports medicine that provided me with the perfect mix between healthcare and sports. (more…)

Five new butterfly bushes bring vibrant color and unique foliage to Proven Winners

Buddleia 'Summer Skies'

Buddleia ‘Summer Skies’

With the arrival of the new growing season quickly approaching, plant enthusiasts may choose from several new butterfly bush (Buddleia) varieties for their gardening pleasure, thanks to the College’s plant breeding work headed by Mark Brand, professor of horticulture in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture.

During the summer of 2006, doctoral graduate student Bill Smith exposed Buddleia davidii seeds to ethylmethane sulfonate (EMS) in the hope of generating some novel traits in butterfly bush. EMS is a chemical that can be used to induce a higher rate of mutations in plants. When the treated seeds were grown out in 2007, two unique individuals were identified that Brand believed were important new plants.

The first plant was a variegated individual whose leaves had a yellow edge around a dark green center. Variegated plants are always popular because the foliage adds interest even when the plant is not in bloom. The foliage variegation pattern was very stable, which is not always the case with variegated plants, and light blue flowers were also produced during the summer. After trialing this plant, Spring Meadow Nursery decided to license the new butterfly bush and include it in their Proven Winners® product line as ‘Summer Skies.’ ‘Summer Skies’ was patented (USPP 22465) and also holds Canadian Plant Breeder Rights. (more…)

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