Awards and accolades for CAHNR

Awards and accoladesThe College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources Committee for Excellence has reviewed award nominations and has made their recommendations for the 2018 Awards and Honors Event on March 28, 2018. Please join the College in congratulating the following individuals.

Excellence in Research Award – Professor Steven Geary, Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science

Kinsman Award for Excellence in Teaching – Assistant Research Professor Chadwick Rittenhouse, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment

Excellence in Engagement Award – Senior Cooperative Extension Educator Diane Wright Hirsch, Department of Extension Continue reading

CAHNR in the news

Students with mobile devicesUConn Today ran a Valentine’s Day article about two UConn alumni (Laura and Ryan Marcoux) who love each other and UConn. They recently returned to campus for a visit to the Korey Stringer Institute (KSI). Laura, who competes in Ironman triathlons, was tested at KSI and received advice for her participation in the sport.

Fox 61, in an article about possible student fee reductions at UConn, cited “major fees” in landscape architecture and academic materials fees in agriculture, health and natural resources as some of the areas under consideration. See also: The CT Mirror.

UConn Innovation Portal reported that Professor Kumar Venkitanarayanan received $635,000 from USDA to investigate plant compounds with antimicrobial properties to act on food-borne pathogens, such as Salmonella. These would be applied to eggs and poultry meat. Venkitanarayanan is on the faculty of animal science and the associate dean for research and graduate studies. Professor Michael Darre, from animal science, and Assistant Professor Yangchao Luo, from nutritional sciences, will work on the project, as well. Continue reading

Meet undergraduate student Madison Blake

Madison Blake
Madison Blake

Spending winter break hiking in the Shenandoah National Park highlights the connection Madison Blake feels with nature. Blake attended high school at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, studying technical theater, but her love of plants and the natural world won out for a career path. Blake is currently a sophomore majoring in horticulture. She hopes to one day work in a position focused on sustainable landscapes and ecologically friendly plant culture. Read more about Madison’s experiences as a UConn student.

What attracted you to UConn? What attracted me the most to UConn was its status as Connecticut’s land grant institution as well as it being highly renowned for its research programs. These two things mean that UConn has the funding and initiative to be a leader in both the agricultural and horticultural fields, and that was something I very much wanted to be a part of.

Why did you choose your particular major? I choose to major in horticulture, or more specifically, sustainable plant and soil systems (SPSS) with a focus on sustainable agriculture, because I have always loved plants. They are the most magnificent organisms and a cornerstone of life itself. Not only are they essential for oxygen, food and shelter, but they have incredible abilities to be modified to fulfill many human and environmental needs. Continue reading

Department of Kinesiology researchers kick off Heart Month with a Walk and Talk


In celebration of National Heart Month, a team of researchers from the Department of Kinesiology led an early morning Walk and Talk at for the Mallwalkers Club at Westfarms Mall in Farmington. The team was led by doctoral candidate Amanda Zaleski; Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Linda Pescatello; and doctoral candidate and visiting scholar Lucas Portos Santos. Walkers learned about the new blood pressure guidelines, watched a CPR demonstration and received free blood pressure and body fat screenings. The event took place on Friday, February 2, Go Red Day, a nationally recognized initiative to raise awareness related to heart disease in women, the leading cause of death in women across the United States. In case you missed it, we’ve summarized the Q & A from the highly engaged and lively audience below!

Q: I heard that there are new blood pressure guidelines. What does this mean for me? Continue reading