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)

The Daily Campus recently highlighted the research of Associate Professor Dennis D’Amico of the Department of Animal Science. Through the D’Amico Microbiology Laboratory, his research group studies dairy science, in particular the production of cheese.

VKTRY Gear, a Connecticut company, announced the results of a study conducted by the Korey Stringer Institute (KSI) on insoles designed for athletic performance and injury protection. KSI CEO and Kinesiology Professor Douglas Casa was quoted on the results of the study.

Associate Extension Educator Mike Dietz was a guest on The Lisa Wexler Show. In the interview, he discusses water, the UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research and the work of UConn Extension. Dietz is an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment and director of the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection detailed efforts to increase composting in the state through the creation of the CT Compost Alliance. The CT Compost Alliance was formed in early 2019 when, seeing a need for greater understanding of the art and science of compost, enthusiasts came together to coordinate the first statewide compost conference in Connecticut. While COVID-19 canceled the in-person March 2020 conference, it was reworked into a free virtual series of webinars from a wide range of practitioners, scientists, government agencies, farmers, and others. UConn Extension was named as a partner in the 2020 webinar series and the UConn Master Composter Program was given special thanks as a sponsor of the CT Compost Alliance’s efforts last year.

Connecticut Magazine discussed a new exhibit, Käthe Kollwitz: Activism Through Art, coming to The William Benton Museum of Art. The exhibition draws on the Benton’s collection of more than 100 prints and drawings by German artist Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) to explore the relationship between her art and activism. The bulk of the Benton’s Kollwitz material was donated by Walter Landauer, a German expatriate and professor of animal sciences who taught at UConn from 1924 until his retirement in 1964.

Rebecca Toms, communications coordinator in UConn Extension, was featured in the New Haven Register. The article discusses her previous work at Massaro Community Farm and most recently for the Valley United Way. Toms said she was excited to give more time and attention to working within the agricultural community in the state as a part of UConn Extension.

By Jason M. Sheldon