CAHNR in the news

Students ReadingUConn Today announced the Connecticut Institute of Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) is addressing how climate change is impacting public health in Connecticut in a series of six free webinars. CIRCA is hosting a Climate Change and Public Health Mini-webinar Series through the month of September as part of Resilient Connecticut, a large-scale climate planning project. Assistant Professor Mariana Fragomeni of the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture spoke on the topic “Heat, Public Health and Climate Change” on September 10. The webinars will be made available on CIRCA’s YouTube channel following the events.

Connecticut Magazine interviewed Extension Educator Dawn Pettinelli of the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture about improving soil health. Pettinelli is head of the College’s Soil Nutrient Analysis Laboratory.

UConn Today announced construction has begun on the Northwest Science Quad, a cornerstone of the Next Generation Connecticut program. CAHNR alum Sean Vasington (Landscape Architecture ’99), director of site planning and landscape architecture for University Planning, Design and Construction, is quoted on the project. Continue reading

Meet undergraduate student Avery Bikerman

Avery Bikerman stands with snow-covered mountains in the background.
Avery Bikerman

Avery Bikerman grew up surrounded by a family involved in art, science and agriculture. His interest in economics, the environment and renewable energy brought him to the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, where he could meld his interests together. A dream career might include working in the field of maritime law. When asked about the COVID pandemic and the issues pressing his generation, he said that during this period of shut down, people have had more time to think and process, and this has sparked change in the country. He sees the focus on technology and the immersion in gadgets as a pressing issue that prevents young people from being outdoors and having a sense of exploration. Read more about his experiences at UConn. Continue reading

Department of Nutritional Sciences celebrates 50th anniversary

Clockwise from top: NUSC Ph.D. students Minu Thomas, Hyungryun Jang, Olivia Corvino and Associate Professor Christopher Blesso. Photo by Ji-Young Lee.
Clockwise from top: NUSC Ph.D. students Minu Thomas, Hyungryun Jang, Olivia Corvino and Associate Professor Christopher Blesso. Photo by Ji-Young Lee.

This year the Department of Nutritional Sciences (NUSC) in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary. A virtual celebration to mark the occasion will be held Thursday, September 17, from 1:00 to 2:30 PMIn addition to achieving this milestone, in May 2020, the department was ranked seventh of ninety-six similar programs in the nation as reported by Academic Analytics.  

“We are proud of what we have done for the last fifty years, particularly our contribution to the human nutrition field,” says Professor Ji-Young Lee, department head. “To achieve another fifty years of excellence in improving human health, the Department of Nutritional Sciences has set our first initiative, personalized nutrition. The faculty in my department have the expertise to carry out this initiative, and we believe personalized nutrition is the future of human nutrition. We are currently developing an entrepreneurial master of science program in this field, which we plan to launch in fall 2021. From this program we will produce the next generation of the human nutrition workforce.”  Continue reading

CAHNR in the news

Students ReadingUConn Today featured Zoraida Velazquez, an extension educator in the Expanded Food and Nutrition Educator Program (EFNEP). She answers food, health and nutrition-related questions for Bridgeport-area residents every Friday morning on Radio Amor/Radio Love 690 AM to help the community improve their health and well-being. EFNEP helps families learn about healthy eating, shopping on a budget, cooking and physical activity. 

The eXtension Foundation announced UConn Extension was selected to receive funding support for a new project, Navigating the Grocery Store Aisle: Understanding Non-GMO Labeling, through their project accelerator program. The project team includes faculty and staff from several CAHNR departments: Joseph Bonelli, Jennifer Cushman, Sharon Gray, Robert Ricard, Stacey Stearns (all from UConn Extension); Christina Connolly (Agricultural and Resource Economics); Michael Puglisi (Nutritional Sciences); Cindy Tian (Animal Science).

UConn Today featured rising senior Mari Cullerton, an environmental sciences and natural resources major, and her summer research project, which studied secondary tree mortality agents in Eastern Connecticut forests. She worked with Robert Fahey, an assistant professor in forest ecology and management in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. Continue reading