Students with mobile devicesScientific American highlighted the work of Assistant Professor Melissa McKinney with polar bears. The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment faculty member found that as sea ice disappears, the bears move to land and change their basic diet. As a result, the researchers saw a 65 percent drop in the polar bears’ mercury levels. See also Popular Science. 6-15-17 and the research publication.

UConn Today interviewed Associate Extension Professor Thomas Worthley about the current gypsy moth invasion and the effects on trees. He is part of the Department of Extension in Middlesex County.

Hartford Courant quoted Carol Quish in an article about cleaning gypsy moth caterpillar frass off driveways and decks. Quish is a program aide in plant science and landscape architecture.

Springfield (MO) News Leader reported on the Sports Safety Summit where Yuri Hosokawa, a postdoctoral fellow in kinesiology, was the featured speaker. She told the coaches what to do when an athlete is suffering from exertional heat stroke.

Reader’s Digest cited a study done by the Human Performance Laboratory and others to investigate how mild dehydration affects mood in healthy young women. See also everydayHEALTH. reported on the state of gypsy moth caterpillars with information from Associate Extension Professor Thomas Worthley. Worthley said it appears that fungal activity is present and killing some of the caterpillars. See also CBS Connecticut.

Illuminia iCommunity Newsletter posted an interview with Distinguished Professor Linda Pescatello about her research efforts into why post-exercise hypotension occurs in some people and not in others. Pescatello is on the faculty of kinesiology.

By Patsy Evans