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CAHNR in the news

Students with mobile devicesThe Daily Campus reported about the Major Fair event, which seeks to assist students in exploring majors. It quoted Julia Cobuzzi, who was described as a seventh semester nutrition major.

Hartford Courant listed some of the activities available at Celebrating Agriculture in Woodstock. One of the groups mentioned was UConn Extension.

Time included comments from Nancy Rodriguez about the advisability of eating before exercising. Rodriguez is a professor in nutritional sciences.

NBC Connecticut quoted Thomas Worthley about the progress of fall foliage. Associate Extension Professor Worthley is from the Department of Extension in Middlesex County.

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

newspaper readersWTNH aired a video about the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory’s tick testing. Technical Assistant Maureen Sims and Holly McGinnis were shown doing their work. The video also included footage of Associate Extension Professor Tom Worthley from the Department of Extension in Middlesex County. He described how a large amount of ticks crawled onto and bit workers doing research among invasive Japanese barberry plants.

Newtown Bee quoted Donna Ellis about weevils for the control of the invasive mile-a-minute vine. Ellis is a senior cooperative extension educator in plant science and landscape architecture. The weevils are being used in Newtown, Connecticut.

UConn Today ran an article about a new database that helps connect media representatives to UConn experts in the field. People on the list will also write for The Conversation, an academic news operation. Experts from CAHNR include Professor Douglas Casa, Professor Valerie Duffy, Assistant Professor Paulo Verardi and Distinguished Professor Linda Pescatello. Casa and Pescatello are from kinesiology, Duffy is from allied health and Verardi is from pathobiology. (more…)

Food safety website provides answers for consumers and producers

Diane Hirsch

Diane Hirsch

Storms like hurricanes Harvey and Irma can create a public health nightmare, leading to safety issues of all kinds, including food safety concerns. How long will food remain safe to eat if your refrigerator fails? How do you disinfect your kitchen? Is produce safe to eat? Find the answers to most food safety questions for consumers, home cooks, farmers, growers, and processors, at the UConn College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources’ food safety website, foodsafety.uconn.edu.

For more than twenty years, Diane Wright Hirsch of UConn Extension has served as the College’s food safety extension specialist, working with producers and consumers alike.

“It can be difficult for the various food industries in Connecticut to find the resources they need,” says Hirsch. “Oftentimes they would call me and say they don’t know where to begin. I wanted the website to provide a one-stop shop for them.”

In addition, she says, “Consumers may try to address a food safety question using their favorite search engine, and discover inaccurate information,” she says. “Everything on our website is science based.”

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CAHNR in the news

newspaper readersConnecticut Network video depicted CAHNR Interim Dean Cameron Faustman, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics Department Head and Professor Rigoberto Lopez and ARE student Chris Laughton discussing the Economic Impacts of Connecticut’s Agricultural Industry Report. See also Morning Ag Clips, UConn Today, The Day, Hartford Business.com, Hartford Courant and Mansfield (CT) Patch.

YouTube posted a video of the UConn Learning Communities Kickoff, which included Juliana Jacoboski as one of the speakers. Jacoboski is a pathobiology major.

News Times ran an article about fall foliage. Program Aide Carol Quish commented about the impact of fungal diseases on trees. Quish is part of plant science and landscape architecture.

UConn Today mentioned the Department of Kinesiology in it article about health care for migrant farm workers. (more…)