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UConn Today featured a video and article with John Volin, professor of natural resources and the environment and vice provost for academic affairs, who traveled to Yellowstone National Park this past winter to see the results of an effort to re-establish wolves in the area. He hoped to transfer the lessons learned about ecosystem restoration from Yellowstone to Connecticut.

Professor and Director of the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory Joan Smyth is quoted in a report by NBC Connecticut that Connecticut is closing two campgrounds at Pachaug State Forest in Voluntown over concerns after mosquitoes infected with the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus were detected. She encourages horse owners to vaccinate their animals and to avoid standing water and other breeding grounds for mosquitoes. ran an article that asked, “Does Eating a Lot of Protein Cause Constipation?” Professor Nancy Rodriguez of nutritional sciences suggested that increased protein intake should be accompanied by increased fluid intake since water can help the body process and handle the consumption of additional protein.

Bonnie Burr, department head and associate professor in the Department of Extension, recently joined Connecticut dairy farmers in a meeting with state lawmakers to discuss how federal policies affect the dairy industry. Burr’s statements at the meeting are quoted in the Associated Press and Journal Inquirer.

UConn Today reported the Korey Stringer Institute (KSI) released its latest annual report ranking high school sport safety. The annual state-by-state review takes into account the extent to which states meet a series of evidence-based best practice guidelines. Douglas Casa, professor of kinesiology and CEO of KSI commented on the report’s findings.

By Jason M. Sheldon