Director, Office of Communications

Jessica McBride, PhD

Dr. Jessica McBride is the Director of the Office of Communications at UConn's College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. She is responsible for developing and implementing communications and marketing strategies to highlight the College's unique research strengths, outstanding academic offerings, and extensive community impact. An alum, Jessica earned her Ph.D. from UConn in 2017.

Author Archive

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From Public Health to Platform and Marketing for Startups – Sumia Shaikh’s Unconventional Path to Venture Capital

Shaikh is using her knowledge of public health to advance health innovation and equity in entrepreneurship

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UConn Study Finds Squeeze from Labor Shortage Tightens on Connecticut Farmers

With unemployment rates at record lows, workforce development programs could help increase the talent pipeline for Connecticut's agriculture industry

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Jonathan Schmitt Expands Nutritional Science Knowledge at PURIS

An internship with a plant-based food company allows UConn students to sharpen skills in nutrition and business

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Abigail Wilber: Moving UConn Extension Marketing Forward

“I’m glad I had the chance to develop these skills in this type of role and in an area [agriculture] I love."

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Ask UConn Extension: What Do Food Labels Really Tell Us?

Sell by, use by, best by -- Oh my! UConn Extension demystifies what all those food label dates really mean

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Karina Cangas: Using Economic Analysis to Support Local Food Procurement

Studying the economics of local food procurement has given Karina Cangas a taste for the future

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Ask UConn Extension: Tips to Keep Kids Active and Learning this Summer

School may be out, but that doesn't mean the learning has to stop. Check out some tips to keep your kids engaged from UConn 4-H


New Preventative Treatment for Porcine Virus Could Save Billions for Farmers

Using AI, researchers hunted through millions of compounds to find a specific receptor, CD163, to stop cells from becoming infected

UConn researcher Chandi Witharana is using remote sensing as 'a virtual passport' to monitor vast expanses of land in remote areas, including the Arctic tundra. (Chandi Witharana)

$5M Grant Uses AI to Track Permafrost Thaw

As part of an international team, UConn remote sensing expert Chandi Witharana helps expand Permafrost Discovery Gateway

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UConn Researcher Gets a Bite of Upcoming Documentary

After years of researching grey seal pups off the coast of Cape Cod, Milton Levin's research and art shine in new film on human-animal interactions