Graduate student researches microorganisms in artisanal cheese

Left to right: Lang Sun, Stephanie Brown (Ph.D. candidate), Sulaiman Aljasir (Ph.D. student) and Catherine Gensler (MS student)
Left to right: Lang Sun, Stephanie Brown (Ph.D. candidate), Sulaiman Aljasir (Ph.D. student) and Catherine Gensler (MS student)

According to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center, overall cheese consumption in the United States continues to increase, in part due to the growth of specialty, artisanal and farmstead cheeses.

Artisanal cheese differs from commercially produced cheeses in that it is typically made by hand on a small scale. The process is time consuming and labor intensive.

Lang Sun, a graduate student in the Department of Animal Science, is studying microbial components in artisan cheese for her master’s thesis.

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Awards and achievements for CAHNR

Awards and accoladesThe UConn-AAUP Excellence Awards Committee selected Distinguished Professor Linda Pescatello and Assistant Professor Ashley Helton as recipients of the 2019 UConn-AAUP Excellence Awards. Pestatello, who is on the faculty of kinesiology, was chosen to receive the Teaching Innovation Award. Helton is part of natural resources and the environment and received the Excellence in Research and Creativity: Early Career Award.

The intention of the awards is to showcase academic excellence at UConn. The formal presentation will be April 15 at the State Capitol Building.


The Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) selected Department of Animal Science Department Head and Professor Steven Zinn to receive a Distinguished Service Award. 

The award will be presented at the CVMA’s Annual Meeting luncheon in March at Water’s Edge Resort in Westbrook. Continue reading

CAHNR in the news

Students with mobile devicesThe New York Times printed several letters from doctors and other health care professionals on the topic of “The Role of Diet in Promoting Health.” Department of Allied Health Sciences Professor Sherry Pagoto wrote one of the letters where she spoke of the scope of the field of behavioral medicine.

The Daily Campus announced that the UConn Horticulture Club won three awards at the 2019 Connecticut Flower and Garden Show. It received Best Educational Display, Best Use of Unusual Plant Material and Greatest Diversity of Plant Material honors for the 800-square-foot design. Students and Club officers Madison Blake and Justin Ferreira were quoted.

Inside UConn Nation website reported on last year’s UConn Gives winner, Natural Resources Conservation Academy (NRCA), which came in first place with the number of unique gifts raised. Department of Natural Resources and the Environment Visiting Assistant Extension Educator Abby Beissinger was quoted in the article.  Continue reading

Meet alumna Megan Gardner

Megan Gardner
Megan Gardner

Megan Gardner has two degrees from UConn, and she loved her time in the physical therapy program. As a student, she enjoyed the clinical experiences, when she had the opportunity to interact with patients. Today, she continues to enjoy direct patient care in her role as the lead therapist for a health services system in New Jersey. Here is what she said in an interview.

What was your major in the College? When did you graduate? With what degree? I graduated twice from UConn. Once in 2004 with a bachelor of science in physical therapy and again in 2005 with a master’s in physical therapy.

What class was most useful to you? I felt that all of my coursework in the PT program was useful for what I do now. The PT curriculum was (and still is) very focused on educating clinicians. My favorite part of the program was the clinical experiences, where we got to go interact with patients and clinicians to integrate skills learned in the classroom into practice. All three of my clinicals were in Houston, TX, where my family was.

Tell us some of your fond memories of UConn. Fond memories of UConn–studying at Homer until late in the evening; working in the bookstore on weekends; watching the transformation of campus from 2000 to 2005; watching the women’s basketball team win multiple championships and seeing both men’s and women’s teams win in 2004! We were a small cohort so we were pretty social, we had some great times together. I loved my time at UConn and still stay in touch with several of my classmates throughout the year. Continue reading