Meet new faculty member Sohyun Park

Sohyun Park
Sohyun Park

This past August, Sohyun Park joined the College as assistant professor of landscape architecture in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture.

“I knew this program had such potential for collaborative opportunities with other programs such as plant science and natural resources,” Park says. “I thought this was a great fit and will allow me to explore the relationship between science and design.”

Park was drawn to New England. She says, “One day I asked my daughter to draw a mountain and she colored it brown. We were not able to see a lot of forests in our previous home. We were in need of a dose of nature.” Park moved to the Storrs area with her fifteen-year-old son and nine-year-old daughter. Her husband will join the family when he completes his Ph.D. in education at Texas Tech.

“Right now, I’m getting to know everyone and the programs. The department head and faculty are very supportive, and I’ve joined several committees.”

Park earned her BS degree in biology at Sookmyung Women’s University in Korea, a master’s in landscape architecture (MLA) from Seoul National University and Ph.D. in environmental design and planning at Arizona State University. She also earned a certification in designing early childhood outdoor environments from North Carolina State University, in addition to a designation of SITES Accredited Professional, which is a new credential administered by the Green Business Certification Inc. to promote sustainable land design and environmental stewardship.

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Wetlands
From UConn Today’s Year in Photos, “Two faculty in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, Ashley Helton and Beth Lawrence, are studying the processes that occur in wetlands and marshes, which are one of the largest natural sinks for carbon. The post was part of a series on Climate Change on Our Backyard. (Emily Couture ’17 (CAHNR)/UConn Photo)”

CAHNR in the news

newsprintUConn Today ran an article about Associate Professor Jessica Lubell‘s research in the cultivation of hemp for medical purposes. The article said that Lubell, a member of the plant science and landscape architecture faculty, developed a way to maximize the production of Cannabis sativa female flowers, which produce significantly higher quantities of cannabinoids than male flowers.

Self included comments by Professor Sherry Pagoto about work/life balance and stress and guilt. Pagoto is a faculty member in the Department of Allied Health Sciences.

UConn Today said that UConn will continue to operate the Extension Center in its current building on the former Torrington Campus rent-free through at least 2028. See also ctpost and Hartford Courant.

By Patsy Evans