CAHNR in the news

Students ReadingUConn Today announced UConn’s Peter J. Werth Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation created a new pilot program aimed at engaging first-year undergraduate women entrepreneurs. Georgiette Adejayan, an allied health sciences major, is one of eleven women taking part in the new effort aimed at engaging first-year undergraduate women with mentorship, networking and resources to support their entrepreneurial journey at the University.

Laura Brown, a community economic development educator in UConn Extension, was quoted in CT News Junkie on the increase of trail use in Connecticut. She says Connecticut is trending with the nationwide figures showing trail use up 200 percent as the popularity of outdoor activities increased because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Brown is part of the Connecticut Trail Census, a data collection and education partnership program developed between UConn, the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments, the Connecticut Greenways Council, and local trail advocacy organizations. She shared the data, collected from counters installed on about twenty multi-use trail sites across the state, at the 2020 Northeast Multimodal and Transit Summit held virtually on November 23.

Courthouse News Service spoke with Paulo Verardi, associate professor in the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science, on the results of a recent poll from the Pew Research Center on how willing Americans are to take a COVID-19 vaccine as they become available. Verardi says that at least two-thirds of the population would need to take the vaccine to achieve herd immunity and predicts enough people will get vaccinated once vaccines are distributed and begin to be administered. He warns if enough people are not vaccinated then the virus and its effects will continue to linger.

WTNH interviewed recent alumna Wanjiku “Wawa” Gatheru ’20 (Environmental Studies) about winning the Collegian Innovation and Leadership Award at the Connecticut Technology Council’s 16th Annual Women of Innovation awards gala. Gatheru is an environmental justice advocate. Her research emphasizes the importance of centering people of color’s experience and expertise in the environmental movement. During her time at UConn, she became the University’s first Rhodes Scholar. She was also a 2019 Truman Scholar and a 2019 Udall Scholar. She is currently studying at the University of Oxford in England.

CT Post discussed revisions to the Connecticut Forest Action Plan, which is updated every ten years. The UConn Center for Land Use and Education Research (CLEAR) used remote sensing to measure the amount of forest in the state for the report. The report is required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service in order for states to receive federal money for forestry programs. UConn CLEAR is a partnership between UConn Extension, the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment and Connecticut Sea Grant.

By Jason M. Sheldon