CAHNR in the news gave a list of signs of dehydration and referred to a study into the effects of being dehydrated from the Human Performance Laboratory. The Laboratory is associated with the Department of Kinesiology.

The Greater New Milford Spectrum reported that a new garden is being planted on the historic Merwinsville Hotel grounds with the help of the UConn Extension Master Gardener Program. Plants chosen represent those that were used in the 1840s when the hotel was first built.

Climatewire reported that temperatures on the surface of synthetic turf fields can reach 175 degrees. Department of Kinesiology Professor Douglas Casa was quoted about the importance of and techniques for protecting student athletes with heat modification policies.

CNBC quoted Department of Allied Health Sciences Professor Sherry Pagato in an article about Facebook encouraging blood donations by gay men. Pagoto also said that Facebook may need more public health experts to advise it.

By Patsy Evans


Meet recent master’s graduate Claudia Mejia

Claudia Mejia
Claudia Mejia. Spartan photo

Claudia Mejia is a determined individual. She concurrently navigated family life, an internship and the requirements of a coordinated master’s program in allied health. And then, right before graduation, she ran through unpredictable terrain and 30 obstacles in the 13-mile Spartan Beast Race. This contest purports to “test everything you’re made of: your strength, your endurance, your resolve” and “push you deep into your discomfort zone.” Here is what Mejia said about her experiences at UConn and beyond.

Where did you study as an undergraduate? What was your major? I completed my bachelors in nutritional sciences with a minor in food science in 2011 at UConn.

Why did you decide to go to graduate school? After working in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) for five years, I realized that I wanted to become a registered dietitian.

On January 1, 2024, the minimum required education level for prospective registered dietitians will be a graduate degree. Because I knew that, I decided to do this right away. I got accepted into the coordinated master’s program in the Department of Allied Health Sciences, which requires the didactic and supervised practice hours in order to become a dietitian and the completion of a master’s in health promotion. Continue reading

Kimberly Rollins appointed head of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Kimberly Rollins
Kimberly Rollins

This month, the College welcomes Kimberly Rollins as the head of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE). She is relocating from Nevada, where she has been a professor at University of Nevada Reno (UNR).

“I grew up in Maine, so it feels like I’m coming home,” Rollins says. “UConn has a wonderful faculty and the department is strong. I’m looking forward to being part of developing where it’s going in the next decade. I have missed being in a department of agricultural and resource economics. Unfortunately, our department at UNR was closed during a severe state budget crisis. Since then, I’ve been in the College of Business economics department at UNR.”

Regarding her assumption of duties as department head, Rollins says, “I’d like to start by meeting with the entire faculty to visualize where we want to be, determine how to get there and choose the roles each of us will play to achieve our goals.”

She continues, “I see one of my roles as department head as building the undergraduate program. I’d like to see exciting, well-defined programs that draw students to our department. Economics of health, agriculture and natural resources may not be something that high school students think about. We may have to change how we present our department in recruiting.”

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