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About Patsy Evans

Patsy, an Office of Communications publicity and marketing administrator, has a BA in journalism from Penn State. Her varied experience, obtained during her 27 years with the College, includes rearing insects for biological control, writing research grant proposals and assisting in web development.

NASA funds blood clot risk studies

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Giving blood to measure clot formation and breakdown factors (Beth Taylor photo)

Life’s circumstances can inspire research project ideas. For example, after running the Boston Marathon, a female athlete flew back home to Seattle and developed a blood clot or venous thrombosis. The runner’s sister, who is an exercise scientist in kinesiology, started searching for answers.

Initial literature reviews in 2010 showed that Associate Professor Beth Taylor, the exercise scientist, might be on to something. Studies seemed to suggest that a combination of risk factors, which includes flying long distances after endurance exercise and using estrogen-based oral contraceptives, had the potential to make women more susceptible to blood clots. As a result, several UConn research projects ensued with Taylor as one of the investigators.

Blood clot risk factors in women

NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium supplied some of the funding. Kinesiology 4th year doctoral candidate Amanda Zaleski received a $20,000 fellowship from them to test the hypothesis that active women in flight are at risk for blood clots.

NASA is especially interested in what flying, with its cabin pressure, confined spaces, compression of veins and reduced movement, does to the body. In addition, the agency has a goal to examine any evidence of barriers or workplace challenges negatively impacting women, who are at or want to work for NASA. (more…)

CAHNR in the news

Students with mobile devicesUConn Today reported on research into a drug delivery system, which could target diseases at the genetic level. One of the projects in the study has Assistant Professor Steven Szczepanek as a collaborator.  Szczepanek, who is part of pathobiology and veterinary science, will be involved in testing the system. included comments by John Bovay on the the economic effects of the FSMA (U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act). Bovay is an assistant professor in agricultural and resource economics.

By Patsy Evans



CAHNR in the news

newspaper readersTime to Eat the Dogs podcast interviewed Department of Kinesiology Associate Professor Beth Taylor about running, health and long distance athletes. It drew on some of UConn’s research.

WSHU public radio broadcast an article about a retrofitted boat called the Research Vessel (R/V) Connecticut. It will collect data and map the floor of Long Island Sound. Professor Sylvain De Guise, who is on the faculty of pathobiology and is director of the Sea Grant College Program, was quoted.

The Daily Campus ran a story about the showing of Forgotten Farms, which depicts longtime New England dairy farmers and the sometimes undervalued work that they do. Cooperative Extension System Associate Professor Bonnie Burr was part of the panel discussion after the film.

By Patsy Evans

Awards and accolades for CAHNR

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This road, perpendicular to Route 195, was named to honor Jerry Yang. (Patsy Evans/CAHNR photo)

UConn Today reported that the UConn Board of Trustees approved the naming of Jerry Yang Road to honor the memory of Xiangzhong ‘Jerry’ Yang, who was an internationally renowned animal science professor before his death. The article said, “He is best remembered for cloning Amy, a Holstein calf born at UConn in June 1999, the first cloned farm animal in the United States.” Yang is also memorialized at several sites in his native Hebei Province, China.

The new sign is installed on the street that leads to the UConn Dairy Bar from Route 195.

By Patsy Evans




CAHNR in the news

newsprintCT Post mentioned a Department of Agricultural Resources and Economics study showing strong gains for cattle ranching and farming, vegetable and melon farming, seafood preparation and packing and milk and butter making. Department Head and Professor Rigoberto Lopez, who spoke to the Working Lands Alliance meeting, was quoted.

UConn Today featured photos of poinsettias from CAHNR’s floriculture greenhouse. The facility has been the site of poinsettia trails for 20 years.

By Patsy Evans