Senior honors student conducts research in MIT cancer research lab

Justin Patten
Justin Patten

Senior honors student Justin Patten was selected to participate in the prestigious Amgen Scholars Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology during the summer of 2018. In May 2019, Patten, who is from Derby, Connecticut, will complete dual degrees in pathobiology and molecular and cell biology.

The Amgen Scholars Program provides experiential undergraduate summer research in science and biotechnology at some of the world’s top universities. In the United States, Amgen Scholars are hosted at thirteen educational institutions that include Caltech, Johns Hopkins, Harvard and the National Institutes of Health. Each institution has its own application process.

“I believe that Justin has the intelligence, inquisitiveness and determination to become a successful scientist,” says Steve Geary, professor and head of the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science. Patten is a student in Geary’s lab.

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Awards and achievements for CAHNR

CAHNR_Alumni_Awards_131At its 2019 meeting in Idaho, the American Youth Horse Council (AYHC) announced that Associate Professor Jenifer Nadeau was the Distinguished Service Award recipient.

According to its website, AYHC is dedicated to recognizing those individuals and programs that enhance the lives of youth through their involvement with horses.

Nadeau, who is on the faculty of the Department of Animal Science, has been presenting abstracts at the symposium for many years and served as both vice president and president of the group. She is currently past president of the Council, with her term expiring in 2020, and the chair and co-editor of the Horse Industry Handbook.

By Patsy Evans

CAHNR in the news

newspaper readersUConn Magazine interviewed Assistant Professor Tracy Rittenhouse about her teaching and wildlife research, with special emphasis on her work with Connecticut bobcat populations. Rittenhouse is on the faculty of the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment.

Associated Press reported on a meeting where landscape design students presented conceptual plans for a well-traveled section of Mystic, Connecticut. Their goal was to improve pedestrian safety, slow down vehicles, create improved signage and ensure a sustainable development, according to AP.

Chicago Tribune included a persuasive piece by Assistant Professor Zhe Zhu about the benefits of keeping Landsat satellite data free and open, such as encouraging new research and creating economic benefits. Zhu is on the faculty of natural resources and the environment. Republished from The Conversation. See also UConn Today. Continue reading