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Students with mobile devicesFresh from the Field reported on biodegradable plastic mulch research done by Shuresh Ghimire when he was a graduate student at Washington State University. Ghimire recently joined UConn Extension as an extension vegetable educator.

UConn Today depicted Keiona Khen, a nutritional sciences student, as she participated in the McNair Scholars poster presentation on July 25. The students were reporting on the results of their summer research projects so far.

Hartford Business.com described the voluntary milking system now in use at animal science’s Frances E. Osborne Kellogg Dairy Center.Professor and Department Head  Steven Zinn was quoted in the article.

NCAA Champion Magazine quoted Professor Douglas Casa about the need for using best-practice standards in order to reduce sudden death in sport conditioning sessions with special reference to college football. Casa is on the faculty of the Department of Kinesiology.

By Patsy Evans

Meet graduate student Garrett Maxey

Garrett Maxey
Garrett Maxey

After completing his undergraduate degree, Garrett Maxey spent two years working in the turfgrass industry before deciding to study for his master’s degree at UConn. As a native of Missouri, he enjoys the history of New England as well as the milder summers and scenic fall foliage. His dream job would involve managing athletic fields for a Division I university near his home. Here is what he said in an interview.

Where did you study as an undergraduate? What was your major? My freshman year was at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri, where I played baseball. I finished my undergrad at the University of Missouri with a major in plant science and emphasis in turfgrass management.

Why did you decide to go to graduate school? After graduation I worked for two years in various turfgrass related jobs. Graduate school was a good next step in my career. Plus, I was excited to try the research side of turf.

Who is your advisor? What is your field of research? Dr. Jason Henderson is my advisor. I have three major studies that all involve the use of pesticides compared to pesticide-free alternatives. We have quantified the human exposure risks for two commonly used pesticides after application. Another study compares turfgrass management strategies to maintaining home lawns and athletic fields. Additionally, I am working on determining the best overseeding strategies for turf managers to use on athletic fields when they are unable to use pesticides. Continue reading

More ads may lead to more health disparities for black teens

Black hand on remote finalFood companies are targeting many of their ads to black teens. For example, these corporations advertise in black-targeted media or depict people of color in TV commercials. However, this attention is not necessarily good news.

“It is important that companies are finally recognizing that black youth are important consumers,” said Department of Allied Health Sciences Associate Professor Jennifer Harris. Unfortunately, corollary trends of targeting black teens with TV advertising for only unhealthy food and beverage products, such as fast food, sugary drinks, candy and snacks, and increasing the amount of their exposure to these ads could encourage consumption and result in negative health impacts, according to Harris’ published research in the February 2018 Pediatric Obesity journal.

More television viewing

This comprehensive study, which is the only one of its kind, shows that there are many factors that have led to black teens’ increased exposure to advertising of products that are high in sugar, fat and/or sodium.

One element of the research found that black youth watch more commercial television than white youth. Harris said, “TV viewing by all adolescents has gone down 40 percent since 2013, but declines have been lower for black youth.”

Based on the Nielsen data used in the study, black teens are watching channels that are targeted to black audiences, like Black Entertainment Television (BET). That network shows eight food and beverage ads per hour, compared to The Disney Channel, which has no food advertising.

Black teens view plenty of non-targeted channels, as well. And, adolescents who watch more TV also see more of the accompanying ads. Continue reading