Awards and achievements for CAHNR

CAHNR_Alumni_Awards_131At eXtension’s recent Impact Collaborative Summit in Indianapolis, a National Pesticide Safety Education Center (NPSEC) team won an award in the most fundable project or program category. This has earned the team recognition and a strategic partnership with the eXtension Partner Development Team.

The NPSEC team is comprised of staff and Pesticide Safety Education Program coordinators that are members of the Respirator Collaboration Team. Extension Educator Candace Bartholomew was part of the team. Bartholomew is in the Department of Extension, Hartford.

By Patsy Evans

CAHNR in the news

newspaper included an article by Rebecca Boehm about the relationship between United States household food purchasing and greenhouse gas emissions. Boehm is a postdoctoral research associate in agricultural and resource economics.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans on Monday. It gives recommendations for youth ages 3 through 17 and adults in order to give them the physical activity they need for health. Department of Kinesiology Distinguished Professor Linda Pescatello, part of the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee, is one of 17 top researchers throughout the nation who produced the 800-page report. See also Five Takeaways on Exercise Guidelines by Age.

The Associated Press ran an article by Professor Sherry Pagoto about how to increase the amount of exercise you get, based on the new guidelines for physical activity. Pagoto is on the faculty of allied health sciences. See also UConn Today. Reposted from The Conversation. Continue reading

Meet undergraduate Samantha Doyle

Samantha Doyle
Samantha Doyle

Samantha Doyle is a senior majoring in animal science. She is actively involved on campus in the Sigma Alpha sorority and the equestrian team. Last summer, she interned with the Georgia Aquarium working with the sea lion team to inform visitors on how to help protect the animal’s natural habitats.

What attracted you to UConn? I chose to come to UConn because they offered a minor in therapeutic horsemanship education, which is something that I am very passionate about.

What is your major, and why did you choose it? I am an animal science major. I knew from a very young age that animals were my passion and that there was no way I could have a job that didn’t involve animals in some capacity.

Which one of your UConn activities, internships or jobs was the most memorable? Why? This past summer, I participated in an internship at the Georgia Aquarium with the sea lion team! It was the most incredible experience of my life, and I learned so much about these amazing animals and, hopefully, inspired others to take action to protect their natural habitats. Continue reading

Weight: What’s a gene got to do with it?

McCaffery close with students
Jeanne McCaffery (left) speaks to students in her research group about their project. (Kevin Noonan / CAHNR photo)

Many factors contribute to weight gain and loss. There are behavioral and environmental aspects, such as what types of food and how much people choose to eat or the amount of physical exercise they get.

Genetics may also be involved, based on past investigations by Department of Allied Health Sciences Associate Professor Jeanne McCaffery and other researchers. Genetic variants may influence individual dietary preferences, the ability to lose weight and, possibly, susceptibility to obesity-related health problems.

The genetics of eating behavior and the genetics of weight loss are central to several of McCaffery’s research projects in her 15 years of continuous National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. Ultimately, her work may be useful in treating obesity, which is a known risk factor in type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Continue reading