Awards and accolades for CAHNR

Lawrence Armstrong
Dr. Armstrong receives his ACSM Citation Award from immediate past president, Dr. Walt Thompson.

Department of Kinesiology Professor Lawrence Armstrong received The American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) 2018 Citation Award for his contributions to sports medicine and the exercise sciences. “Citation award winners are selected for their outstanding performance in the areas of research and scholarship, clinical care, administrative services or educational services,” said ACSM President Kathryn Schmitz. We are happy to recognize Dr. Armstrong’s outstanding accomplishments.”

In its press release, the ASCM cited Armstrong’s national and international human performance accomplishments that contributed to the health of endurance athletes, warfighters and laborers. In addition, it highlighted his application of research in the areas of hydration, thermal regulation, physiological and perceptual responses, exertional heat illnesses and performance outcomes in extreme environments.

Armstrong is also the director of the Human Performance Laboratory within kinesiology. The citation is one of seven given this year.

By Patsy Evans

CAHNR in the news

newspaper readersUConn Today highlighted the collaboration of Associate Professor in Residence Syma Ebbin with other UConn faculty members in the creation of a Blue Heritage Trail. Ebbin, who is part of agricultural and resource economics, will work in showcasing the role of some of Connecticut’s maritime activities and sites currently and historically.

National Public Radio quoted Department of Kinesiology Assistant Professor in Residence Susan Sullivan Glenney about measures that prevent falls from becoming fatal. The CDC reports that death from falls is on the rise in the elderly.

Reuters described a European research study of work stress among men.  Department of Allied Health Sciences Professor Pouran Faghri, who was not part of the research, said, “The consequence of chronic stress on the body is the same for both men and women.” Continue reading

Meet graduate student Thomas Krumel

Thomas Krumel
Thomas Krumel

Thomas Krumel is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE). His current research examines the community impacts of immigrants employed in the meatpacking industry. He is also involved with UConn’s Leadership Learning Community, serving as an instructor to students in the program. Once he completes his degree, he’d like to continue teaching and conducting research. Here is what he said in an interview.

Where did you study as an undergraduate?

I graduated from Mount Union College (MUC) in Alliance, Ohio. I was in the last graduating class from good ole MUC. The College changed their name to the University of Mount Union the following year.

What was your major?

I majored in international studies with a concentration in international relations.

Why did you decide to go to graduate school?

I decided to get my masters in economics from the University of Akron after interning for a member of Congress during my senior year. I noticed no one on the staff had a degree in economics. While I was at Akron, I realized that I enjoyed research and teaching more than politics, so I decided to continue on to get my Ph.D. as well. I also have a masters in GIS [geographic information systems] from the University of Minnesota. Continue reading

CIPWG symposium gathers experts, volunteers to tackle invasive plants

Donna Ellis welcoming attendees at the 2016 CIPWG symposium
Donna Ellis welcoming attendees at the 2016 CIPWG symposium.

Invasive plants are a major threat to Connecticut’s environment and economy. They disrupt ecosystems and wildlife habitat as they overtake native plant species, leading to a loss of biodiversity, human health risks and negative economic impacts for landowners and land managers, communities and commercial industries.

The biennial symposium of the Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group (CIPWG) will bring hundreds of people to the UConn Student Union in Storrs on October 4 to share the latest information on invasive plant identification and management strategies and promote the sowing of native and non-invasive alternatives to combat this growing problem.

Nationally, invasive plants cost well over $100 billion a year in damage and associated control efforts. Connecticut and its towns have faced budget cuts that have reduced the means for fighting invasive species.

CIPWG’s ninth symposium is entitled “Invasive Plants in Uncertain Times: Achieving More with Less.”

“For many people, resources are limited, whether that means time, money, training, labor or equipment,” says Donna Ellis, co-founder and co-chair of CIPWG and a senior extension educator in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture (PSLA). “This year’s theme encourages collaboration to overcome the obstacles of insufficient resources.” Continue reading