Life goes on at UConn animal barns during COVID-19 pandemic

While the horses graze in the pastures surrounding the Department of Animal Science facilities, they seem oblivious to the COVID-19 pandemic as their days simply hum along. Staff continue to work diligently caring for the animals, with the upmost attention being paid to their health and well-being.

“Every animal is being cared for and maintained in a healthy and well-managed environment,” says Steven Zinn, professor an department head. “We may have changed the way we operate to some degree, but nothing has been compromised. We have excellent employees—they all care about the animals and the job they are doing.”

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CAHNR in the news

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Associate Professor Paulo Verardi of the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science spoke with MEA WorldWide about the challenges to the manufacture and delivery of a vaccine to people across the world once a safe and efficacious vaccine to COVID-19 is developed.

UConn Today reported on research conducted by Assistant Professor Nathan Fiala and PhD student Alicia Barriga of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics on the food supply chain in Uganda. The researchers found that mismanagement and inadequate infrastructure pose a significant problem for Ugandan farmers.

Assistant Professor Sandro Steinbach of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics was co-author of a study that suggests the arrival of an invasive beetle in Europe could help significantly reduce the personal and economic suffering caused by ragweed pollen. UConn Today reported on the research, which was recently published in Nature Communications. Continue reading

Awards and achievements in CAHNR

Allied Health Sciences students named UConn McNair Fellows

Koons Hall
Koons Hall, home of the Department of Allied Health Sciences. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

Three students majoring in allied health sciences were chosen as UConn McNair Fellows. Rising sophomore Jacqueline Cuevas Gonzalez and rising freshman Kasidy Quiles and Lavar Johnson will participate in unique programming and educational activities during the fall 2020 semester designed to give them a competitive edge when applying to graduate school and to prepare them for success in their pursuit of a Ph.D. degree.

The McNair Scholars Program prepares talented, highly motivated UConn undergraduate students for doctoral studies in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines.

Naturally will highlight the students in a feature article on May 19, 2020.

By Jason M. Sheldon

CAHNR Commencement 2020

Hedley Freake leading commencement procession

To all members of the CAHNR and RHSA Class of 2020:

You and your family and friends are invited to join the University’s Virtual Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 9, at noon EDT. 

Following the University ceremony, we invite you to visit the College of Agricultural, Health and Natural Resources Commencement 2020 Celebration page. Our celebration video offers messages from Dean Indrajeet Chaubey, Professor Cameron Faustman, Professor Hedley Freake, Kathleen Renna from the Class of 2020, and CAHNR Alumni Board President Audra Leach. The accompanying photo gallery showcases memories of the Class of 2020.

Both the University and CAHNR Commencement pages will remain live after May 9, so you can watch (or rewatch) any time.