CAHNR in the news

Indrajeet Chaubey, dean of the College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources, speaks at an event to announce a $10 million USDA grant to support integrated and sustainable antibiotic-restricted broiler poultry production research on Aug. 3, 2020.
Indrajeet Chaubey, CAHNR dean and director, speaks at a press event. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

UConn Today reported on the research of Assistant Professor Jessica Brandt of the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment on how selenium moves through the ecosystem in the Western U.S., which was recently published in Environmental Science & Technology. Selenium is a micronutrient acquired through diet, but excess exposure, and the timing of the exposure, threatens the health of egg-laying animals, including fish and aquatic birds.

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.

Connecticut Sea Grant (CTSG) reported on eight new research projects supported by $2.8 million in federal funding through the Long Island Sound Study Research Grant Program, a partnership among CTSG, New York Sea Grant and the Environmental Protection Agency. The awards were supplemented with matching funds, extending the value of the research package to more than $4.2 million. CAHNR faculty members are involved in three of the projects, including UConn Extension Educator Chester Arnold in the UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR); Adjunct Instructor David Bjerklie of the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (NRE); Associate Extension Educator Cary Chadwick in CLEAR; Associate Professor Ashley Helton of NRE; Assistant Professor James Knighton of NRE; Assistant Professor Beth Lawrence of NRE; Associate Extension Educator Emily Wilson in CLEAR. Sylvain De Guise, director of CTSG and professor in the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science, and Syma Ebbin, research coordinator in CTSG and associate professor in residence in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, are quoted. Stamford Advocate also reported on the projects and quoted De Guise. Continue reading

Meet recent alumna Gabriella Sulpizi

Gabriella Sulpizi holding a dog and standing next to a large body of water.
Gabriella Sulpizi

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

Researchers study challenges underrepresented STEM students face during COVID-19

Molly Waring
Molly Waring

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

Awards and achievements in CAHNR

AHS faculty member named President-elect of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Ellen Shanley
Ellen Shanley

Ellen Shanley, a lecturer in the Department of Allied Health Sciences (AHS), was named President-elect of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has been actively involved in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and she most recently served on its Board of Directors.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, representing more than 100,000 credentialed practitioners.

By Jason M. Sheldon