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 a press event. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

UConn Today reported on the research of Assistant Professor Jessica Brandt of the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment on how selenium moves through the ecosystem in the Western U.S., which was recently published in Environmental Science & Technology. Selenium is a micronutrient acquired through diet, but excess exposure, and the timing of the exposure, threatens the health of egg-laying animals, including fish and aquatic birds.

Phys.org discussed the findings of a study led by Sylvain De Guise, professor in the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Sciences and director of Connecticut Sea Grant, on the long-term impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the immune function of bottlenose dolphins. The study, published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, found immunological alterations in the dolphins. The results suggest there are long-term consequences of oil exposure on the mammalian immune system, with possible multigenerational effects. The research findings were also discussed in Cosmos.

Connecticut Sea Grant (CTSG) reported on eight new research projects supported by $2.8 million in federal funding through the Long Island Sound Study Research Grant Program, a partnership among CTSG, New York Sea Grant and the Environmental Protection Agency. The awards were supplemented with matching funds, extending the value of the research package to more than $4.2 million. CAHNR faculty members are involved in three of the projects, including UConn Extension Educator Chester Arnold in the UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR); Adjunct Instructor David Bjerklie of the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (NRE); Associate Extension Educator Cary Chadwick in CLEAR; Associate Professor Ashley Helton of NRE; Assistant Professor James Knighton of NRE; Assistant Professor Beth Lawrence of NRE; Associate Extension Educator Emily Wilson in CLEAR. Sylvain De Guise, director of CTSG and professor in the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science, and Syma Ebbin, research coordinator in CTSG and associate professor in residence in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, are quoted. Stamford Advocate also reported on the projects and quoted De Guise.

UConn Extension released new episodes of its new podcast, Connecting Connecticut, which explores the programs and resources offered by the College. The February 10 episode features Juliana Barrett, extension educator and coastal habitat specialist at Connecticut Sea Grant, and Bruce Hyde, assistant extension educator in the UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research, discussing their work to craft a more resilient Connecticut in the face of climate change. The February 24 episode features Assistant Extension Educator Michael Puglisi in the Department of Nutritional Sciences discussing health and nutrition. Puglisi is coordinator of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). EFNEP helps Connecticut families learn about healthy eating, shopping on a budget, cooking and physical activity.

The spring ’21 issue of UConn Magazine mentions several CAHNR alumni in the Class Notes section, including Tom Hooten ’95, Richie Kremer ’10 and Dustyn Nelson ’14. The issue also quotes Professor Sherry Pagoto of the Department of Allied Health Sciences in UConn Talks.

By Jason M. Sheldon