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 Travis Kornegay, a junior majoring in natural resources, is interning at the Nature Conservancy Block Island this summer as an education and stewardship assistant. The Nature Conservancy’s Block Island program maintains over 2,000 acres of habitat, offers hands-on education programs and supports scientific research in the Great Salt Pond. During the summer, he will work closely with Block Island staff and will be responsible for a variety of stewardship activities in addition to public outreach. He will lead nature walks, monitor preserves, maintain walking trails, staff the visitor center and assist in biological monitoring and other scientific activities.
Travis Kornegay, a junior majoring in natural resources, is interning at the Nature Conservancy Block Island this summer as an education and stewardship assistant. The Nature Conservancy’s Block Island program maintains over 2,000 acres of habitat, offers hands-on education programs and supports scientific research in the Great Salt Pond. During the summer, he will work closely with Block Island staff and will be responsible for a variety of stewardship activities in addition to public outreach. He will lead nature walks, monitor preserves, maintain walking trails, staff the visitor center and assist in biological monitoring and other scientific activities.

 

Awards and achievements for CAHNR

Awards and accoladesCAHNR Alumna Kathryn Dal Zin was recently named Wallingford Public Schools Teacher of the Year for 2019-2020. A teacher since 2010, she currently teaches in the Lyman Hall High School agriculture science program where there are over 300 students.

The Meriden Record-Journal reported, “Dal Zin earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 2005 and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Agricultural Education in 2008, both from the University of Connecticut.” See also Wallingford Patch.

By Patsy Evans

CAHNR in the news

newspaper readersUConn Today ran a story about the work of Associate Professor Beth Taylor, who is researching exercise and health. Her main projects involve the risk for blood clots in athletes as well as the effects of statins on patients. Taylor is on the faculty of kinesiology and the director of exercise physiology research in cardiology at Hartford Hospital. See also LinkedIn.

WFSB aired a video of Senior Cooperative Extension Educator Diane Hirsch on National Egg Day.  She gave tips on egg safety and discussed what to look for when buying eggs directly from local sources.

UConn Magazine profiled CAHNR alumnus Dave Barnett, who has worked at  the National Historic Landmark Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts for 25 years. He graduated in horticulture in 1978 and is now the president and CEO of Mount Auburn, which has 175 acres, 5,000 trees and 100,000 graves. Continue reading

Meet graduate student Alexis Trench

Alexis Trench
Alexis Trench

An animal science graduate student, Alexis Trench, has a unique combination of interests in animal research, science education and mentoring women in STEM disciplines while leaving time for dancing and being outside with lambs on the farm. Here is what she says about her experiences at UConn.  

Where did you study as an undergraduate? What was your major? At the University of Delaware, I was a double major in pre-veterinary medicine and animal biosciences, and agriculture and natural resources. I also had a minor in dance.

Why did you decide to go to graduate school? Around my sophomore year, I decided that veterinary school wasn’t the path I wanted to take. This was partially because of the massive amounts of debt this education would bring and partially because I didn’t have a strong desire to be a practicing veterinarian.

I got into undergraduate research my junior year and stuck with it through my senior year. I worked in a dairy nutrition lab under Dr. Tanya Gressley at the University of Delaware. She mentored me as I deliberated going to graduate school. I spent a year working after graduation while I looked for the right graduate school program and then started applying. Continue reading