College of Agriculture, Health & Natural Resources


Economists produce study on effects of COVID-19 on the dairy industry

September 24, 2020

With support from the Richard DelFavero Fund, Rigoberto Lopez, professor in the Department of Acultural and Resource Economics, and Chris Laughton, director of knowledge exchange at Farm Credit East, have compiled a report on the impact of COVID-19 on the Connecticut dairy farm sector. The study was conducted at the request of UConn Extension, the Connecticut […]

Department of Nutritional Sciences celebrates 50th anniversary

September 18, 2020

This year the Department of Nutritional Sciences (NUSC) in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary. A virtual celebration to mark the occasion will be held Thursday, September 17, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM. In addition to achieving this milestone, in May 2020, the department was ranked seventh of ninety-six similar programs in […]

Meet new faculty member Sangyong Choi

September 14, 2020

Sangyong Choi has joined the Department of Nutritional Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources as an assistant professor. He became familiar with the UConn program while attending nutrition conferences and was excited to become a member of the department in what he considers his dream job. Choi relocated to Connecticut with his wife, who is completing her Ph.D. in English […]

Participants from across Connecticut receive virtual experience at Natural Resources Conservation Academy

September 14, 2020

Each summer since 2012, the Natural Resources Conservation Academy (NRCA) has hosted students and adults from across the state to learn about natural resources careers, see a variety of field collection technologies in action and engage with like-minded environmentally conscious peers. This summer, because of COVID–19, the NRCA hosted its first ever slate of virtual […]

Meet new faculty member Cristina Connolly

August 27, 2020

This August, Cristina Connolly joins the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics as a new assistant professor. As a native New Englander, she is happy to return to this area, where the scale of farming suits her research focusing on smaller operations. As a faculty member, she plans to involve her students in community-based work […]

A new life for an “old” technology

August 27, 2020

Animal cloning first hit the public eye in 1996 when Dolly the sheep was born. The next year, Professor of Animal Science Cindy Tian and her late husband Jerry Yang, also professor of animal science  and founding director of the UConn Center for Regenerative Biology, created the first cloned calf in North America. From then […]

Meet undergraduate student Autumn Blasi

August 13, 2020

Autumn Blasi is planning a career as a registered dietitian (RD), but she is open to various options. While she can see herself in pediatric nutrition, she would also enjoy working with an elderly population. When asked to name a pressing issue for her generation, Blasi says that the oppression of the Black community must […]

Biostatistician studies health behavior and health policy

August 13, 2020

The global response to the COVID-19 pandemic illustrates the importance of using data to guide action, such as allocating resources and designing effective health policies. In health-related research, biostatisticians are key researchers who collect and analyze data in order to translate biology, medicine and public health information into practical knowledge. As a biostatistician in the […]

Meet graduate student Amanda Reiter

July 23, 2020

Amanda Reiter always knew she wanted to work with animals. Her cousin arranged for her to adopt a rescue horse, so she spent her younger years working in barns around horses and cattle. Her master’s degree research led to an interest in muscle biology, which brought her to CAHNR. She sees herself working at a […]

Economist studies mismatch between industry needs and workforce skill sets

July 23, 2020

Nathan Fiala, assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics recently received a three-year $500,000 USDA grant to study workforce and economic development issues in Connecticut and throughout New England. “Workforce mismatch is the idea that there are businesses in particular areas that need certain skills but the people surrounding those areas do […]

Meet graduate student Danielle Tanzer

July 16, 2020

Danielle Tanzer loves everything about the forest—whether she’s out hiking or collecting data for research. As a master’s student in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, she is most interested in ecosystem disturbances such as invasive plants, insects and drought. She credits her mom with instilling a love of nature and her dad […]