Meet graduate student Monica Marcello

Monica Marcello
Monica Marcello.

This past spring, Monica Marcello finished her career as a record-setting UConn athlete. While her time as a diver and senior captain for the UConn Women’s Swimming and Diving Team may be over, she has found a new team. As a masters student in nutritional sciences, she is part of an interdisciplinary research project that is examining how diet affects recovery from ACL surgery. Here is what she said in an interview.

Where did you study as an undergraduate?


What was your major?

I majored in nutritional sciences with a didactic concentration.

Why did you decide to go to graduate school?

I knew that getting my masters earlier would pay off for my future career. Being an undergraduate student at UConn I fell in love with UConn immediately. However, I had more connections than just academics. I was a Division I athlete and due to injury, I had an extra year of eligibility as a diver after my four years as an undergraduate student. Having such strong love and loyalty for my team, it was an obvious choice to stay at UConn to continue to represent the swimming and diving team as well as get my masters in a field I am truly passionate about. Continue reading

Study-abroad course introduces students to Global One Health

Animal science major Willow Chesmer holds a sea urchin at an aquaculture facility.
Animal science major Willow Chesmer holds a sea urchin at an aquaculture facility.

“My mother was born in Belfast, and my father’s family came from the Midlands,” says Sheila Andrew, professor and extension dairy specialist in the Department of Animal Science.

Her comments are greeted with a guffaw from Sandra Bushmich, the College’s associate dean for academic programs and a professor in the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science (PVS). The two have recently returned from their second time leading a group of students in an extraordinary course, Global One Health: Irish and US Perspectives. Bushmich explains that it seemed that everyone in Ireland knows Andrew, but the larger story too is one of many connections.

The three-credit course provides an opportunity for students to study in Ireland and the United States. Under the direction of Bushmich and Andrew, students focus on One Health, the connections between animal health, human health and environmental sustainability. Students benefit from Andrew’s and Bushmich’s connections in dairy and cheese production and aquaculture, meeting with leaders in the industries in the United States and Ireland. During the first week, they travel across New England to meet with experts in these fields. Weeks two and three are spent in Ireland, where they learn how Ireland and the European Union regulate the industries by visiting production facilities and looking closely at food safety practices.

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Awards and achievements for CAHNR

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The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) recently announced recipients in the 2019 Research Excellence Program (REP). The grants “provide seed funding to fuel innovative research, scholarship, and creative endeavors with strong potential for significant extramural funding and/or achievements consistent with the highest standards of accomplishment in the discipline,” according to an article in UConn Today.

The 2019-2020 REP awardees from CAHNR are:

Assistant Professor Robert Fahey, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, $24,896.8, Interacting disturbance in forest ecosystems: Does disturbance memory affect resistance and resilience of forest productivity?
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