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Faustman BBQ 101

UConn CAHNR Interim Dean Cameron Faustman is kicking festivities off with a seminar on BBQ during Alumni Weekend (@uconnextension 10/22/17)

Awards and accolades for CAHNR

The Integrated Pest Management Team was selected to receive the 2017 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Public Engagement in the team category. The IPM team includes: Donna Ellis (IPM Program Coordinator, invasive species, curriculum, nursery, and school IPM), Mary Concklin (fruit), Leanne Pundt (greenhouse), Ana Legrand (invasive species, turf and landscape), Candace Bartholomew (pesticide safety education), Joan Allen (plant diagnostic laboratory), and Victoria Wallace (school, turf and landscape).  Jude Boucher (vegetable) retired in 2017, and Alejandro Chiriboga (nursery) is no longer with UConn.

The team will be recognized at the Excellence in Public Engagement Reception on November 14. A poster the team’s accomplishments will be displayed at the reception and, beginning in January, in the Connecticut Legislative Office Building.


Cooperative Extension, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities announced that Extension Educator Chester Arnold was chosen for one of the five 2017 regional Excellence in Extension awards. Arnold, who is in the Department of Extension in Middlesex County, was the sole awardee for the northeastern region.

He will be recognized in Washington, D.C. on November 12. According to the news release, these awards represent the finest examples of the many positive impacts of Cooperative Extension work in the United States. (more…)

CAHNR in the news

Students with mobile devicesWestport Now announced that Corey Thomas is the new director of the Westport-owned Wakeman Town Farm. UConn alumnus Thomas has a BS in animal science and is certified in agriculture education. The article described the farm as “a sustainable, family-oriented, farm-to-table working farm.”

The Daily Campus suggested hiking near Horsebarn Hill as a free activity for UConn students.

Hartford Courant mentioned the Windham County Extension Center in an article about a gardening outreach program and other Master Gardener activities.

The Pew Charitable Trust News reported about reactions to the Korey Stringer Institute‘s study of state high school sports safety policies. KSI is housed in the Department of Kinesiology. See also Huffington Post.

By Patsy Evans

Meet alumna Laura Kunces

Laura Kunces

Laura Kunces

With the fast-paced schedule needed to obtain three degrees from UConn in two CAHNR academic departments, Laura Kunces feels prepared for the job of keeping up with the nutritional needs of professional athletes and coaches. Here is what the nutritional sciences and kinesiology graduate told us about UConn and her current career.

What was your major in the College? When did you graduate? With what degree? I graduated in May 2008 with a bachelor’s in nutritional sciences. I minored in nutrition for exercise and sport. In addition, I received two degrees, a MS in 2012 and a PhD in 2014 in kinesiology with a focus on low-carb diets and metabolism.

What class was most useful to you? When I was still a student, some of my favorite classes were Nutrition for Exercise and Sport, Medical Nutrition Therapy and the foods lab course. Now that I have more work experience, I recognize that other classes, such as Human Anatomy and Physiology and organic chemistry, have great relevance to what I do on a daily basis. Almost every class from graduate school has a direct link to my work now.

Tell us some of your fond memories of UConn. When I was an undergraduate, one of the most memorable days was the dietetic internship match day!

Some of my fondest memories of UConn were from things I did outside the classroom, such as walking in the snow from the West Campus Residence Halls all the way to the nutritional sciences buildings and the Dairy Bar. (more…)

CAHNR in the news

newspaper readersAOL posted a video of Ashley Kalinauskas, who founded the company behind a treatment that helps dogs, cats and horses combat cancer. Kalinauskas earned a bachelor’s degree in pathobiology and veterinary sciences.

MySA included an article about summer interns at the Connecticut Audubon Society. One of them, Helena Ives, tracks the populations of threatened coastal birds, such as the piping plover. Ives is a student in natural resources and the environment.

Times Union reported on the implications of research done by Professor Mark Brand for New York state plant sellers.  Brand’s development of four infertile, seedless barberry varieties will allow residents to buy a favorite landscaping plant that is not invasive like the other, older varieties. Brand is part of plant science and landscape architecture. (more…)