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 Connecticut Sea Grant (CTSG) will lead a three-year, multi-state initiative to create an economic and business framework to spur the fledgling domestic kelp industry into the mainstream. The initiative is being led by Agricultural and Resource Economics Emeritus Professor Robert Pomeroy, who also serves as an extension specialist and marine resource economist at CTSG. The initiative builds on the work of the National Seaweed Hub, a project headed by Anoushka Concepcion, aquaculture extension specialist with CTSG and UConn Extension. The Greenwich Times also reported on the initiative.

Caitlin Caspi, associate professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences and director of food security initiatives in the UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, said that while awareness of food insecurity is growing, it is important to understand what is meant by the term and how it fits with other food access concepts, such as hunger and food sovereignty, in her article for The Conversation.

Associate Professor Paulo Verardi of the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science spoke to TASS, a Russian news agency, about the Sputnik V vaccine and the results of its third phase clinic data recently published in The Lancet. Verardi explained the vaccine works differently than the other COVID-19 vaccines currently being used around the world and he believes Sputnik V will play an important role in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. A translated version of the article is available through Google.

UConn Extension launched a new podcast, Connecting Connecticut, which explores the programs and resourced offered by the College. In its first episode, Connecting Connecticut speaks to Michael O’Neill, associate dean for outreach and associate director for UConn Extension, and Robin Drago-Provencher, trainer and coordinator of UConn People Empowering People, a community program. They discussed what UConn Extension is, how it operates, and the effects it has on communities every day.

Hamlet Hub interviewed Estela Camacho, educator, community volunteer and local non-profit advocate, who mentioned enjoying the virtual nutrition classes offered by UConn Extension. UConn Extension offers a number of virtual extension programs.

By Jason M. Sheldon