Phys.org discussed the findings of a study led by Sylvain De Guise, professor in the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Sciences and director of Connecticut Sea Grant, on the long-term impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the immune function of bottlenose dolphins. The study, published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, found immunological alterations in the dolphins. The results suggest there are long-term consequences of oil exposure on the mammalian immune system, with possible multigenerational effects. The research findings were also discussed in Cosmos.
Gabriella Sulpizi, a recent graduate of the animal science major, was involved in various research projects as well as extracurricular activities during her time at UConn. She has worked in many animal science labs studying a range of topics from neuroscience to working with sheep. She was also the president of Alpha Zeta, the professional society for CAHNR students. Read below about her plans for post-graduation and how COVID-19 has affected her studies in this week’s student profile.
What attracted you to the UConn College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources?
With such a wide variety of animal species, faculty that truly cares about their students and extensive opportunities to get involved in research, UConn CAHNR was my number one school choice.
Why did you choose your particular major?
UConn has a top-tier animal science program with countless hands-on opportunities. Majoring in animal science was an obvious choice for me, since I had always wanted to be a veterinarian. My passion for animals and science has only grown stronger throughout my time at UConn. I was considering laboratory animal medicine as a vet. However, my strong desire to become a veterinarian has evolved. After discussions with my advisor, Dr. Milvae, and attending seminar class, moving up the ranks at a research or pharmaceutical company is something I am now looking into. I became particularly fascinated with chemistry early on at UConn, so I decided to pursue a chemistry minor. This minor will aid in my future career endeavors. Continue reading →
In July 2020, Professor Sherry Pagoto and Associate Professor Molly Waring of the Department of Allied Health Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources were awarded a National Science Foundation grant to study the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on underrepresented STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) students. This pandemic is estimated to affect at least two cohorts of STEM students in an academic field that is already considered rigorous.
“We were concerned about the impact of COVID on STEM students, and we wanted to investigate what those impacts were and if there were differential based factors such as gender, race and ethnicity or socioeconomic status,” Waring says. “We wanted to understand where there might be negative impacts that are affecting certain groups of students more than others, with the idea that we can then try to counteract some of these negative impacts. Science works best when all voices are represented and we want to retain our current cohort of diverse students.”Continue reading →