College of Agriculture, Health & Natural Resources

Hayden Amtower (left) and Cameron Irvine

Meet undergraduate students Cameron Irvine and Hayden Amtower

Cameron Irvine and Hayden Amtower, both students in the  Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture, are studying turf management. They interned at  Cromwell’s TPC River Highlands during the Travelers Championship PGA tournament and stayed on to work at the course beyond the summer season. “The internship with the TPC was one of the best experiences of […]

Ran Xu

Statistician studies effects of weather and air pollution in transmission of COVID-19

As the pandemic ramped up in Connecticut in March 2020, Ran Xu, assistant professor in CAHNR’s Department of Allied Health Sciences, met with researchers from Harvard, MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital, the University of Copenhagen and Virginia Tech to study the impact of weather and air pollution on COVID-19 transmission. The two-month collaborative study examined the […]

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Meet undergraduate student Lydia McGrath

Lydia McGrath is interested in the important role nutrition plays in preventing and managing disease and optimizing health. Her interest in the connections between food and physical and mental well-being led her to study nutritional sciences and start on the path to becoming a Registered Dietitian. Along the way she’s become an active member of […]

Abhi Upadhyay in his lab

Microbiologist develops improved technology for poultry food safety

One Friday evening in the spring of 2019, Abhi Upadhyay, assistant professor of food microbiology and safety in the Department of Animal Science, found himself watching a video showing microbubbles for pet care and grooming. He started thinking about using this technology for food safety and spent the weekend researching its potential, current state of […]

Anna Welch

Meet undergraduate student Anna Welch

Anna Welch is a senior in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment who draws academic inspiration from the natural world around her. She has traveled to South Africa to study ecology and stays involved on campus with Dr. Fahey’s forest ecology lab and the UConn Forest crew. Her keen interest in ecology, forestry […]

Dong-Hun Lee

Molecular epidemiologist tracks virus with genome sequencing and comparative phylogenetic analysis

Avian influenza (AI) affects both the poultry industry and public health, as it can cross species and infect livestock, pets, marine mammals and humans. Dong-Hun Lee, assistant professor in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources’ Department of Pathobiology, has studied this virus for the past thirteen years, using genome sequencing and comparative phylogenetic […]

Shaharia Ferdus

Meet undergraduate student Shaharia Ferdus

Shaharia Ferdus is passionate about women’s health and serving those from underserved populations. She plans to become a family physician but is also considering gynecology and obstetrics so she can give women a voice in their healthcare as well as provide accurate information and dispel the many myths surrounding these issues. When asked what she […]

Neal Glaviano

Athletic trainer researches treatment for kneecap pain

The College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources’ Department of Kinesiology welcomes new faculty member Neal Glaviano as an assistant professor. He is a 2007 graduate of the department with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training. “I’m beyond thrilled to be back at UConn where my whole life in athletic training began,” he says. “I […]

Shayla Roman

Meet undergraduate student Shayla Roman

Shayla Roman entered the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources’ Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture after majoring in animal science as a student at Worcester Technical High School. She plans to transfer to CAHNR’s four-year baccalaureate program next fall. She interned at Tufts at Tech Veterinary Clinic, shadowing students from Tufts Cummings School of […]

Dry soil and grass, caused by drought.

Q&A: When in Drought, Build Resilience

The abnormally dry weather Connecticut has experienced in 2020 may not be an anomaly for long.