Awards and achievements in CAHNR

UConn Extension’s Victoria Wallace honored at the 2020 Sports Turf Managers Association Conference

Victoria Wallace accepts the Dr. William H. Daniel Award at the Sports Turf Managers Association 2020 Conference.
Victoria Wallace accepts the Dr. William H. Daniel Award.

Victoria Wallace received the Dr. William H. Daniel Award at the Sports Turf Manager Association’s (STMA) 31st Annual Conference and Exhibition. The event took place January 13-16 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Wallace is a UConn Extension educator responsible for the Sustainable Turf and Landscape Program focused toward turf and landscape professionals in the state. She is involved with integrated pest management education and outreach programs for landscape professionals and municipal turf and grounds managers.

The Dr. William Daniel Award is one of four Founders Awards, which are STMA’s highest honors and recognize those members who have made significant contributions to STMA and to the profession. The Daniel Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the industry through research, teaching or extension. Continue reading

CAHNR in the news

Students reading

Gyms’ mission to promote healthy lifestyles is undermined by offering tanning beds to customers, UConn researchers in allied health sciences (AHS) say. Dr. Sherry Pagoto, a professor in AHS and director of UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media is the lead author of a new study that assessed how pervasive tanning beds are in three of the largest national gym chains in the US. UConn Today, US News and Fox News reported on the study.

The Paulick Report discussed a study on horses conducted in the Department of Animal Science. The research examined the weather’s effects on hoof growth, travel patterns and longissimus dorsi muscle height and fat thickness.

Morning Ag Clips announced the discovery of an emergent disease in deer population in Connecticut. The article originally appeared on UConn Extension‘s blog. Continue reading

Meet undergraduate student Brazil Rule

Brazil Rule
Brazil Rule

Although the Connecticut winters are a bit much for Virginia native Brazil Rule, she’s enjoying her time at Storrs. But she would love to continue her education at a school in California. Her dream job is to open a free clinic as a physician’s assistant. She’s grateful to have grown up with access to health care and would like to provide care to those struggling to find medical services. Read more about Brazil’s experiences as a UConn student.

What attracted you to the UConn College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources?

The College provided the nutritional sciences major that I knew I wanted to do! It was also a smaller college within UConn, which was nice. Continue reading

US Animal Vaccinology Research Coordination Network connects with partners, sets priorities

Dr. Steven Geary
Dr. Steven Geary

Vaccination is one of the safest and most effective ways to protect individuals from disease. According to the World Health Organization, two to three million deaths are prevented every year because of immunizations. In addition to the crucial role they play in human health, vaccines are also an important tool to prevent illness in hundreds of millions of companion animals and livestock.

The creation of new and improved vaccines to respond to current and emerging infectious disease threats to animal health has long been a priority for the Center for Excellence in Vaccine Research (CEVR) in the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Sciences (PVS). Established in 1998, CEVR is the oldest university-based animal vaccine center in the country. Under the leadership of Dr. Steven Geary, professor and department head, who has served as director of the Center since its inception, CEVR has taken a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to animal vaccinology.

The demonstrated success of CEVR in leading cooperative initiatives in animal disease research is one reason it was recently designated the center of operations for the new US Animal Vaccinology Research Coordination Network by the USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture. Geary was named network chair with additional leadership provided by network coordinator Edan Tulman, a research associate in PVS, and a board of directors. Continue reading