Awards and achievements for CAHNR

Treasure Gordon
Three CAHNR students participated in the recent McNair Scholars Poster Exhibit. They are:

  • Treasure Gordon ’20, allied health sciences major
  • Chelsea Garcia ’20, nutritional sciences major
  • Sarah Hernandez ’20, diagnostic genetic sciences major

This event caps off the nine-week summer program for McNair Scholars to communicate their research projects with the university community. For more information about the program, please see this UConn Today article from 2018.

CAHNR in the news

newsprintSports Illustrated, in an article about the exertional heat stroke death of college football player Braeden Bradforth, quoted Professor Douglas Casa about how fatal heat stroke could be avoided if the proper measures are taken. Casa is on the faculty of kinesiology.

WNPR invited Bonnie Burr to be a guest on a segment called “In Connecticut, Farmers Turn To New Crop: Hemp.” Burr is a department head and associate professor for the Department of Extension.

UConn Today, in a video to thank Susan Herbst for her accomplishments while president, included footage of CAHNR student Wanjiku (Wawa) Gatheru. Continue reading

Meet graduate student Kristen Volz

Kristen Volz
Kristen Volz.

When her family was affected by a breast cancer diagnosis, Kristen Volz sought an oncology rotation in her undergraduate dietetics program at UConn to learn more about the disease. Working at the Yale Cancer Center Survivorship Clinic, she found inspiration in bettering the lives of patients and a mentor that motivated her to continue her studies. She is defending her master’s degree thesis in health promotion sciences through the Department of Allied Health Sciences on July 30. Here is what she said in an interview.

Where did you study as an undergraduate?

I did my undergrad here at UConn. I’ve been here for a while!

What was your major?

The Dietetics Coordinated Program in the Department of Allied Health Sciences.

Why did you decide to go to graduate school?

It was a very last minute decision when I actually decided this is my future. It started during my last rotation of the coordinated program. It was a specialty rotation where you sought out whatever you want to get more experience in. I really love oncology and it has had such an impact on me and my family because my grandmother got breast cancer a few years ago. In a lot of the rotations I did, I focused on oncology. I’m so passionate about it. My mom and I have matching tattoos of the breast cancer ribbon in the shape of a heart for my grandmother. When she got her radiation tattoos done, which can be daunting, that weekend we got our tattoos done. It was one of those nice things to kind of understand how scary it can be to go through that and to know you have people behind you. Continue reading