Meet graduate student Lauren Kurtz

Lauren Kurtz. Photo credit: Carl Johnson/CAHNR

According to her advisor, Lauren Kurtz is dedicated to her studies. She is also a flexible individual who transitioned successfully from working in environmental education and then water conservation in Colorado to doing hemp research in Connecticut. Here is what she said about UConn.

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

I went to Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I had a double major in environmental science and geography.

Why did you decide to go to graduate school?

I love learning! I originally planned on going to graduate school to study geography right after I graduated from undergrad in 2014. I didn’t find the right fit or funding and decided to wait a few years. Continue reading

Economists’ reports show impacts of Connecticut’s agricultural industries

Rigoberto Lopez
Rigoberto Lopez

In 2014, UConn’s Office of the Associate Vice President for Budget, Management and Institutional Research hired outside consultants to conduct a study on the economic impact of UConn in the state of Connecticut. The five-year update is being prepared in-house by a group of UConn experts in a collaboration between the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE), the Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy and the Department of Economics. The team includes ARE professor Rigoberto Lopez, who is the team leader; ARE Ph.D. student Mahdi Fallahi; and Steven Lanza, assistant professor in residence in the Department of Economics.

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CAHNR in the news

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Photo from the CAHNR digital archive.

UConn Today featured a video and article with John Volin, professor of natural resources and the environment and vice provost for academic affairs, who traveled to Yellowstone National Park this past winter to see the results of an effort to re-establish wolves in the area. He hoped to transfer the lessons learned about ecosystem restoration from Yellowstone to Connecticut.

Professor and Director of the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory Joan Smyth is quoted in a report by NBC Connecticut that Connecticut is closing two campgrounds at Pachaug State Forest in Voluntown over concerns after mosquitoes infected with the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus were detected. She encourages horse owners to vaccinate their animals and to avoid standing water and other breeding grounds for mosquitoes. ran an article that asked, “Does Eating a Lot of Protein Cause Constipation?” Professor Nancy Rodriguez of nutritional sciences suggested that increased protein intake should be accompanied by increased fluid intake since water can help the body process and handle the consumption of additional protein. Continue reading