CAHNR in the news

Indrajeet Chaubey, dean of the College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources, speaks at an event to announce a $10 million USDA grant to support integrated and sustainable antibiotic-restricted broiler poultry production research on Aug. 3, 2020.
Indrajeet Chaubey, CAHNR dean and director, speaks at an event to announce a $10 million USDA grant on Aug. 3, 2020. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

UConn Today announced Zhe Zhu was among six UConn professors to be named to a list of the world’s most highly-cited researchers. Zhu is an assistant professor in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. and director of the Global Environmental Remote Sensing (GERS) Laboratory.

Distinguished Kinesiology Professor Linda Pescatello and Nutritional Sciences Professor Nancy Rodriguez spoke to Insider on the key steps to build muscle and its science-backed health benefits.

Stacey Stearns, educational program administrator in UConn Extension, was a guest on the Connect Extension Podcast by the eXtension Foundation. The episode, Navigating the Grocery Store Aisle: Understanding Food Marketing Labels, touched on a project Stearns is working on. Her team is creating an interactive game to help consumers better understand food marketing labels as part of eXtension’s New Technologies for Ag Extension Program.

Assistant Professor Cristina Connolly answered questions about locavores — people who eat foods sourced from the local region — for Lawnstarter. Connolly is a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. shared advice from UConn Extension about keeping fruits and vegetables fresher. They recommend any fruits or vegetables cut should be placed in clean, covered containers at forty degrees or lower.

Professor Craig Denegar in the Department of Kinesiology was interviewed by WalletHub about the best and worst cities for an active lifestyle. He shared his thoughts on what communities can do to encourage and facilitate active lifestyles and advice on healthy living.

The Neag School of Education announced CAHNR Alumnus Jordane Virgo ’19 as a recipient of the school’s 2021 Alumni Board Scholarship. Virgo earned his bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences and he is currently pursuing a master’s degree in counseling.

UConn Today mentioned alumna Wanjiku “Wawa” Gatheru ’20 and current Allied Health Sciences student Guymara Manigat ’21 in an article about UConn’s online course, “U.S. Anti-Black Racism,” which opened to the University community in early fall 2020. Gatheru and Manigat pointed out during a virtual town hall hosted by UConn’s African American Cultural Center amid the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests in July 2020 that UConn responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with a 1-credit hour course, but had not done something similar to address the pandemic of anti-Black racism. President Tom Katsouleas promised to make such a course part of the curriculum and a collaborative effort led by faculty of color across the University created the online course.

By Jason M. Sheldon