CAHNR in the news

Students with mobile devicesHealth Medicine Network reported on research and a published paper that investigated the toxic effects of oil and an oil dispersant on eastern oysters. Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science faculty who were part of the study include Assistant Research Professor Milton Levin and Connecticut Sea Grant College Program Director Sylvain De GuiseAquatic Toxology published the paper.

USA Today editorial stated that many football programs are not prepared to keep their players safe. Department of Kinesiology Professor Douglas Casa commented on procedures for preventing heat stroke.

The Daily Campus quoted Professor Xiusheng Yang about the likelihood of a major hurricane hitting Connecticut. Yang is part of the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment and the director of the Connecticut State Climate Center.

The Hartford Courant posted an article by Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture Associate Professor Kristen Schwab and Department of Educational Leadership Professor Richard Schwab, which gave key ideas to help freshmen to be successful in college. Continue reading

Meet alumnus Jordan Mazur

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Jordan Mazur stands on the football field.

How many calories does a professional football lineman need each day? What should he eat to keep his 300-pound muscular frame in good condition? Jordan Mazur is the one who determines these nutritional choices for San Francisco 49ers players. According to nutrition sciences alumnus Mazur, a lineman needs about 4 to 5,000 calories of wholesome food at specific times throughout the day. Here is more of what he said in an interview.

What was your major in the College? When did you graduate? With what degree? I got a BS in nutritional sciences in 2012. I did the didactic program.

What class was most useful to you? Sport nutrition, an elective with Professor Nancy Rodriguez, opened my eyes to a field that appealed to me. I always knew I wanted to be in nutrition as a profession, but I realized that this was the career for me once I took the class. Continue reading

Master Gardener Program looks ahead as it celebrates milestone

The Master Gardener Program consists of horticulture training and community outreach.

The seeds of the Master Gardener Program were sown during the early 1970s in the Pacific Northwest when agricultural extension faculty at Washington State University began receiving an increasing number of plant-related inquiries from homeowners. The educators had primarily been delivering programming on crop production and commercial horticulture, but as local communities flourished, it led to a surge of interest in urban gardening. The idea of creating a cadre of trained volunteers who could work in communities to meet the overwhelming demand for information and assistance with backyard gardening led to the first class of Master Gardeners.

UConn Extension’s Master Gardener Program sprouted from these roots in 1978. The program instructs participants in science-based horticulture practices and garden management, after which students apply their knowledge by engaging in community education, including lectures, educational displays, demonstrations and plant clinics, and various outreach projects throughout Connecticut. UConn Master Gardeners are celebrating forty years of transforming academic research into practical gardening skills and techniques that everyone can use.

In observance of their anniversary, UConn Master Gardeners are hosting a series of fundraising events across the state. The program is also introducing a new format for its certification course next year that offers greater flexibility for those interested in becoming horticulture specialists. Continue reading

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Connecticut Commissioner of Agriculture Steven Reviczky (far left), president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), hosted the organization’s 2018 annual meeting in Connecticut. The group stopped at UConn’s Plant Science Research and Education Facilities as part of a day of touring the state. Photo by Kevin Noonan.