Meet graduate student Kristin Vyhnal

Kristin Vyhnal
Kristin Vyhnal

After 11 years in the professional veterinary work force, Kristin Vyhnal came to UConn for her second graduate degree. She started a three-year pathobiology program in June 2017, where she enjoys her studies and hopes to realize her dreams.

Where did you study as an undergraduate? What was your major? I got my undergraduate degree in animal science from Cornell University. My Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) is from there, as well.

Why did you decide to go to graduate school? I feel that a degree in pathobiology will help me get ahead and give me the quality of life I desire. Previously, my school debt from Cornell and the financial limitations of being in a veterinary practice narrowed my lifestyle options and available funds.

I chose the UConn pathobiology program because, although it does not have a veterinary school, it is unique in equipping its students with advanced training. Continue reading

Faculty member’s new textbook offers multidisciplinary introduction to water resources

clausen-03insertaA new textbook by a faculty member in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment provides a practical introduction to the study of water resources for students from a wide range of disciplines.

Water is a finite resource essential to all life on earth. The study of water resources and how best to manage them requires a multidisciplinary approach, incorporating principles of physics, chemistry, biology and math as well as social sciences such as economics and law.

Professor John Clausen has written Introduction to Water Resources, in which he introduces and explains fundamental concepts related to water quantity and water quality that form the basis for understanding the hydrologic cycle and the physical, chemical and biological principles that determine water quality. Part I of the book addresses water quantity, Part II addresses water quality and Part III, Water and Society, discusses issues related to law, policy and economics.

Increasingly, students come to the study of water from diverse backgrounds and points of view as they prepare for careers in engineering, agriculture, marine science, environmental conservation, law, regulation, public policy and a host of other fields.

Clausen wrote his book because most water resources texts focused on either water quantity or water quality, giving only scant treatment to the other, and, as he writes in the book’s introduction, “greater integration of water quantity and water quality is required to solve many of the real-world water resources problems.” Problems at the end of most chapters provide students the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in real-world scenarios, and online resources offer additional in-depth exercises.

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Don’t forget to register for UConn 4-H Citizenship Day being held on Wednesday, April 25th at the Capitol in Hartford. The registration fee has now gone up to $20 and will be $30 at the door. The day includes a tour of the capitol, workshops and activities with other youth from around the state and a chance to meet with your legislators. Oh, and don’t forget UConn ice cream! #UConn4H