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Jen Nadeau, Austria

I went on a vacation to Austria with my boyfriend David Mihalek. We visited the Spanish Riding School and Dave’s cousin in Vienna and toured Vienna, Salzburg and Innsbruck on our own. Then we met our Appalachian Mountain Club group for Adventure Travel in Innsbruck Austria and participated in a trip with them based out of Neustift Austria. One day the goal was to hike to the Nuremberger Hut. After passing a small alm (we would call it a farm here), there were farm goats on the trail. Our hike leader Ginette Beaudoin, a small animal veterinarian from Biddeford, Maine, let the billy goat sniff her and walked by. The next hiker, Hank, let the goat sniff him but the goat then took a swipe at him with his horn! That made Hank and the rest of the hikers more concerned about the goat and we were frozen on the trail, at an impasse. Being an animal scientist and UConn professor, it was impossible for me to just do nothing. So I told them I would hold the goat by the horns so that they could all pass by. Dave was concerned about how I would get away after but I just got up there and grabbed the goat by both horns and the hikers walked by. The leader called out to the co-leader who is always last not to let the goat push me off the mountain. Seeing that she was concerned, I made him back up a few steps. Then, when I went to release him I guess after pushing him backwards, he felt that I was dominant so he meekly walked away. And that is how I became known as “Goat Wrestler”, increased my trail cred and received a thank you flavored water! As my best friend put It, true animal scientist or crazy person, not sure which! But I did tell them I would not do that with any cows or wild mountain goats. – Jen

Awards and accolades for CAHNR


Jessica Griffin with the poster she presented in Hawaii

These CAHNR undergraduate students were recognized for their significant research and creative accomplishments in spring 2017 by the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR). Jessica Griffin ’17 was the OUR travel award recipient and presented “Food Quality and Diet Preference in Mysis diluviana” at the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography Aquatic Sciences meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. Tashua Sotil ’17 presented “The Meriden School Climate Survey: Student Version District Evaluation” at the April 21, 2017 Meriden (CT) Public School District meeting.

The National 4-H Hall of Fame honors 4-H volunteers, extension professionals and staff employees, donors and others who have made a significant impact on the 4-H program and /or 4-H members through the contribution of time, energy and financial resources. Recently, Elsie Woolam, who began volunteering for 4-H in 1955, was selected as a member of the 2017 National 4-H Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place on October 6, 2017 at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

By Patsy Evans

CAHNR in the news

newsprintMedical News Today quoted Gregory Panza, a Department of Kinesiology graduate student, about research results that found that people who are not active can improve their subjective well-being by performing some physical activity. Panza was the lead author of the study, which was published in Journal of Health Psychology. Other kinesiology researchers involved in the research include Associate Professor Beth Taylor and Distinguished Professor Linda Pescatello.

UConn Today gave suggestions on how to deal with ticks, including information about their life cycles. The article quoted College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources Dean Sandra Bushmich and Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture Public Service Technician Susan Pelton and referenced a Home and Garden Education Center publication about ticks. (more…)

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Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners. By Bud Gavitt, 1996.

Meet graduate student Chris Laughton


Chris Laughton

As a nontraditional student and a self-proclaimed reinvented person, Chris Laughton brings much agricultural work and life experience to the graduate program in Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE). His current employer, Farm Credit East (FCE) in Enfield, invests in his education to help him accomplish his plan. Here is what he said in an interview.

Where did you receive your degrees? I got a bachelor’s degree (with honors) from Cornell University in horticulture. My MBA is from the University of Massachusetts.

Why did you decide to go to graduate school? What made you choose ARE? In my job, I work in economics with an agricultural emphasis. It made me realize that I need more in-depth knowledge than my MBA gave me.

UConn’s Department of Agricultural and Resources Economics (ARE) has high quality academics. In addition, being part of a graduate program in Storrs allows me to stay in my job and home.

Who is your advisor? Rigoberto Lopez

Tell us about your program so far. I started in January 2017 with one class. I would call myself a non-traditional student because I also work full-time. (more…)