CAHNR in the news

Students ReadingUConn Today featured Zoraida Velazquez, an extension educator in the Expanded Food and Nutrition Educator Program (EFNEP). She answers food, health and nutrition-related questions for Bridgeport-area residents every Friday morning on Radio Amor/Radio Love 690 AM to help the community improve their health and well-being. EFNEP helps families learn about healthy eating, shopping on a budget, cooking and physical activity. 

The eXtension Foundation announced UConn Extension was selected to receive funding support for a new project, Navigating the Grocery Store Aisle: Understanding Non-GMO Labeling, through their project accelerator program. The project team includes faculty and staff from several CAHNR departments: Joseph Bonelli, Jennifer Cushman, Sharon Gray, Robert Ricard, Stacey Stearns (all from UConn Extension); Christina Connolly (Agricultural and Resource Economics); Michael Puglisi (Nutritional Sciences); Cindy Tian (Animal Science).

UConn Today featured rising senior Mari Cullerton, an environmental sciences and natural resources major, and her summer research project, which studied secondary tree mortality agents in Eastern Connecticut forests. She worked with Robert Fahey, an assistant professor in forest ecology and management in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment.

Animal Science Associate Professor Mary Anne Amalaradjou discussed illness-causing bacteria on fruits and vegetables in light of the recent nationwide recall on peaches from the country’s largest stone fruit company potential contamination with Salmonella Enteritidis. in iGrow. Amalaradjou has researched Salmonella Enteritidis in mangos, finding bacteria can survive inside fruit for multiple days and remain on surfaces even after washing.

The Climate Pod podcast welcomed alumna Wanjiku “Wawa” Gatheru as a guest to discuss her article in VICE on how environmental scholarship often reflects the interests of the white and wealthy, largely excluding the lived experiences of people of color and indigenous peoples. She discusses what a better climate and environmental movement need and how we should fight against Black criminalization in nature.

The Northwest Indiana Times mentioned research by the Korey Stringer Institute on heat-related illness.

The efforts of Assistant Extension Educator Bill Davenport and the Litchfield County 4-H Club to deliver dairy products to food pantries was mentioned in Republican-American.

By Jason M. Sheldon