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On Saturday, May 9, the UConn held its first-ever virtual Commencement for the Class of 2020. UConn Today wrote about the unique event, which featured Wanjiku “Wawa” Gatheru, an environmental studies graduate and UConn’s first Rhodes Scholar, as a speaker.

UConn Today reported on Operation Community Impact, UConn Extension’s organized effort through UConn 4-H, the youth development program of Extension, to address community food insecurity issues and to reduce the amount of surplus milk that is being discarded due to the COVID-19 crisis. Surplus dairy products, including milk, yogurt, and sour cream, are being rerouted to over a hundred food pantries in several Connecticut counties by Litchfield County 4-H Coordinator Bill Davenport and other UConn Extension educators, along with students in the Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, UConn 4-H members, and other volunteers.

USA Today quoted Distinguished Professor Linda Pescatello on whether or not people should alter workout routines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pescatello is a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology. Continue reading

Awards and achievements in CAHNR

Eight CAHNR students receive IDEA Grants

IDEA LogoEight of the thirty-three undergraduate students awarded UConn IDEA Grants in the spring 2020 funding cycle are majors in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR).

The UConn IDEA Grant Program awards funding to support self-designed projects including artistic endeavors, community service initiatives, research projects, prototyping and entrepreneurial ventures, and other creative and innovative projects. Undergraduates in all majors at all UConn campuses can apply. Applications are accepted twice per year from individuals and from small groups who plan to work collaboratively on a project. Continue reading

Meet graduate student Matthew Costello

Matthew Costello standing in front of a brick interior wall.
Matthew Costello

Matthew Costello always intended to pursue a career that could positively affect the world and make a difference in the lives of those around him. He chose to research infectious diseases and prepare for possible outbreaks, and now, three years into his graduate work, he finds himself in the middle of a pandemic. He says he appreciates the opportunity to be involved in the effort to contribute any knowledge that will move forward the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. Here’s what he had to say about his experiences at UConn.

Where did you study as an undergraduate? What was your major?

I completed my undergraduate education at the University of Connecticut. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology. Continue reading