Meet undergraduate Emily Chu

Emily Chu
Emily Chu

Emily Chu is a senior majoring in allied health sciences. She is a research assistant at the Korey Stringer Institute within CAHNR. She has also interned at the Boston Children’s Hospital in their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Emily is planning on applying to medical school and wants to go into pediatrics. Here is what she said about her time at UConn.

What attracted you to UConn? During my college search, I didn’t have specific features I was looking for in a school. However, I wanted to stay relatively close to home. When I learned about the allied health sciences major, I knew that this is what I wanted to study. So I began looking at schools with this major. I loved the campus when I came for a tour, and I liked the size of the school. Additionally, I liked that it is a sports school, as I have always been involved in sports and love going to games. Now that I am here, it reminds me of my hometown in many ways, and I couldn’t picture myself anywhere else! Continue reading

Safety training prepares Connecticut’s fishing industry

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Helicopter rescue at sea is part of some UConn fisherman training classes. Nancy Balcom/UConn photo

From television programs, like the Deadliest Catch, viewers get an idea of how hard it is to make one’s living in commercial fishing. The possible hazards depicted, such as having a crew member go into the water or discovering a fire onboard, are also serious threats for commercial fishermen who ply the waters of New England.

In 2018, there were 406 licensed commercial fishermen in Connecticut. Survival is at stake.

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 225 commercial fishing deaths occurred in East Coast fisheries from 2000 to 2014. “Some of New England’s fisheries are the most dangerous in the United States,” said Senior Cooperative Extension Educator Nancy Balcom, who organizes free training sessions to prepare the local fishing industry for the dangers it faces.

In the late 1990s, she took Rhode Island Sea Grant-sponsored training, became a certified instructor and was inspired to teach fisherman safety herself in Connecticut. Now, she is the organizer for two days of classes, the first day is for refreshing skills and the second is for drill conductor certification training. Balcom, who also does seafood safety training, says she thought, “This is a service I can provide to the Connecticut fishermen with whom I have worked over the years.”

Although the classes are not mandatory, they are an important resource that could help save the lives of the participants and their co-workers, according to Balcom. Continue reading

CAHNR in the news

newsprintUConn Today reported that Professors Karl Guillard and Thomas Morris received $50,000 from the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources to study phosphorus leaching from lawns treated with organic compost. The researchers are on the faculty of plant science and landscape architecture.

USA News and World Report quoted Associate Professor Jennifer Harris as saying that kids are targeted with junk food ads. Harris, part of allied health sciences, was commenting on a study in which she was not involved.

Associated Press ran a story about CAHNR’s cannabis research and teaching and efforts to start a related research and innovation center. Mentioned in the article were Professor Gerald Berkowitz, graduate student Peter Apicella and Adjunct Faculty Matthew DeBacco, who are all part of plant science and landscape architecture. Also on AP was a later mention of the cannabis horticulture program. Continue reading