newsprintSome of CAHNR’s people, places and programs made the news recently. The bolded topics are linked to initial media coverage. The roman text links go to additional information.

UConn Magazine. Summer ’17. Highlighted many facets of CAHNR and UConn Extension in “The Next Generation of Farming” article. CAHNR Interim Dean and Director Cameron Faustman and Department of Extension Associate Cooperative Extension Educator Jiff Martin were quoted. A photo of students Marisa Kaplita and Macario Rodrigues illustrated the piece. In addition, students Anthony Chiozzi, Gabriel DeRosa, Marisa Kaplita, Nick Laskos, Tierney Lawlor and Macario Rodrigues were introduced as the “new faces of farming.” See also UConn Today. 6-20-17.

UConn Magazine. Summer ’17. Put James Gagliardi, a plant science and landscape architecture alumnus, in its alumni spotlight. The article described Gagliardi’s horticultural career at the Smithsonian Gardens in Washington, DC and mentioned Ruby Ribbons™ switch grass, a patented and trademarked ornamental grass bred by Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture Professor Mark Brand. 6-1-17. Reported that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded one of 10 fiscal year 2016 grants to UConn to combat childhood obesity. Department of Nutritional Sciences Assistant Professor Amy Mobley is the principal investigator of the $149,996 grant entitled Development and Pilot Testing of mHealth Enhancements for a Father-Focused Childhood Obesity Prevention Program.

Hartford Courant. 6-4-17. Credited Professors Mark Brand and Yi Li with developing versions of popular landscape plants, burning bush and Japanese barberry, which are seedless and sterile. These new plants are not invasive like the existing ones, and they will lessen damage to the ecosystem. Both men are on the faculty of the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture and were quoted in the article.

By Patsy Evans