Awards and achievements for CAHNR

Excellence in multi-state award
Award received from NERA

College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources Associate Dean and Professor Kumar Venkitanarayanan and his team received the 2019 Award for Excellence in Multistate Research from the Northeastern Region Association of State Agricultural Experiment Station Directors (NERA). Venkitanarayanan is the administrative advisor for a multistate research project NE1442 called “Poultry Production Systems and Well-being: Sustainability for Tomorrow.”

CAHNR Dean Indrajeet Chaubey congratulated Venkitanarayanan by saying, “This award speaks volumes about quality of research and the impact you make.”


Professor Gary Robbins was named a Fellow of The Geological Society of America. He was recognized for scholarly accomplishments in the field of hydrogeology by his peers in the Society. Robbins is on the faculty of the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment.


This spring, ten UConn students were honored by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Among them was Kim Sawicki, who graduated from CAHNR in 2019. She received a Fulbright grant to the European Union, and she will investigate and report on successful efforts to preserve cultural coastal fishing communities.

According to its website, the program, which provides grants for individually designed study/research projects, also facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think.


Alumnus Michael A. Barnes, of Blacksburg, Virginia, is being honored with National Dairy Shrine’s Pioneer Award this year in recognition of longtime service and contributions to the dairy cattle industry. His story and portrait will be part of  Dairy Shrine’s National Dairy Hall of Fame and Museum in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.

Barnes, who worked on a Connecticut dairy farm as a teenager, graduated from UConn in 1965 with a degree in dairy science.

By Patsy Evans