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CAHNR Graduate Research

Graduate Student Council

Research Forum

Each year the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources sponsors a Research Forum. This event is an opportunity for graduate students to present their research, sharpen their skills and compete for prizes.

The 2016 Forum was held Saturday, March 5, 2016, featuring keynote address by Meghan Wulster-Radcliffe (Executive Director of the American Society of Animal Science), oral and poster presentations, and an afternoon professional development session.  Thirty-three research posters were on display with students presenting their research to a panel of judges. There were 5 rooms of concurrent research presentations made by 32 students.  Thank you to everyone who participated in this wonderful event. Congratulations to the 2016 poster and presentation award winners. 

2016 CAHNR Graduate Research Forum  
 Outstanding Oral Presentations:      
Student Department Title Advisor
Amanda Zaleski Kinesiology Compression Socks Worn During Flight and Hemostatic Balance in Oral Contraceptive Using Boston Marathon Runners Linda Pescatello
April Doroski Natural Resources and the Environment Costal wetland ecosystem function at the intersection of sea level rise and urban runoff Ashley M. Helton
Caitlin O’Connell Pathobiology and Veterinary Science Development of recombinant vaccinia virus vectors based on IRES elements for use against complex diseases Paulo H. Verardi
Janet Barclay Natural Resources and the Environment Water Quality, Waterbody Classification and Land Cover Patterns in Connecticut Ashley M. Helton
Jingyue Duan Animal Science Dosage Compensation and X-linked Gene Expression in Bovine in vivo and in vitro Embryos X. Cindy Tian
Lu Li Pathobiology and Veterinary Science Sensor histidine kinase is a β-lactam receptor and induces resistance to β-lactam antibiotics Mazhar Khan,                      Xiaohui Zhou
Meera Surendran Nair Animal Science Inhibitory Effect of Rutin on Escherichia coli O157:H7 virulence Kumar Venkitanarayanan
Qian Du Plant Science and Landscape Architecture Activation of miR165b represses AtHB15 expression and induces pith secondary wall development in Arabidopsis Huanzhong Wang
Sambhu Pillar Animal Science Poor maternal nutrition during gestation reduces mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) proliferation and alters MSC metabolism in offspring Kristen Govoni
Varunkumar Bhattaram Animal Science Reducing Vibrio parahaemolyticus in oysters using natural and environment friendly phytochemicals Kumar Venkitanarayanan
Outstanding Poster Presentations:        
Danielle Kloster Natural Resources and the Environment A media perspective on causes of, responsibility for, and solutions to storm-related power outages Anita T. Morzillo
Diana DiMarco Nutritional Sciences Consuming 1 egg per day favorably alters diastolic blood pressure and plasma lipid profiles in a young, healthy population Maria Luz Fernandez
Gabrielle West Nutritional Sciences The regulation of intestinal apoC-III by dietary fat: key differences from hepatic apoC-III regulation and implications for lipoprotein synthesis and secretion Alison Kohan
Hayley Root Kinesiology Team-specific needs-based injury prevention program improves landing technique in youth female athletes Lindsay J. DiStefano
Jennifer Buden Allied Health Science Association of overtime with adverse health behaviors, health climate, and overweight and obesity. Pouran Faghri
Jonathan Mahoney Pathobiology and Veterinary Science Organogenic response among closely related Pyrinae taxa Mark Brand
Wei Li Plant Science and Landscape Architecture Floral bud-specific toxin expression leads to flowerless phenotype with no effect on vegetative growth Yi Li
Yanyan Liu Animal Science Inactivation of Salmonella on cucumbers by pectin-based coating with natural phytochemicals Kumar Venkitanarayanan


2016 Research Forum Proceedings:

Agenda and Speaker Bio's

Oral Presentations

Oral presentation abstracts

Poster PresentationsPosterList_2016

Poster presentation abstracts


2014 Research Forum

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Program Agenda

Oral Presentation list by department with title

Oral Presentation Abstracts

Poster Presentation Schedule

Poster Presentation Abstracts

Outstanding Presentation Awards


Archived Forum Information

News and Events



Grant Announcements:


Agricultural and Resource Economics:

Bravo-Ureta, Boris E, $149,988, A New Look at Total Factor Productivity and Irrigation Water Use Efficiency: An Analysis of U.S. Agriculture, 12/16/2015, USDA/NIFA


Animal Science:

Amalaradjou, Mary Anne, $149,961, Investigating the Beneficial Role of Cheese Starter Cultures in the Prevention of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in a Mouse Colitis Model, 11/02/2015, USDA/NIFA

Venkitanarayanan, Kumar S, $142,463, Natural and Environment-Friendly Approaches for Improving the Microbiological Safety of Cantaloupes, 11/03/2015, USDA/NIFA



Bonelli, Joseph, $250,000 Crop Insurance and Risk Management Promotion, Education and Training for Connecticut Farmers and Growers, 2015-2016, 10/12/2015, USDA/Department of Agriculture


Bonelli, Joseph, $71,758, 2015 NESARE CT, MA, RI Joint Outreach,11/05/2015, USDA/National Institute of Food and Agriculture/University of Vermont


Wilson, Emily H., $99,906, Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online 2015-2016 Work Plan, 12/10/2015, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection



Casa, Douglas J, $19,534, Relationship Between Classical Magnet School (Hartford Public Schools) and University of Connecticut, 11/04/2015, Hartford Public Schools


Natural Resources and the Environment:

Fahey, Robert T, $59,941, Collaborative Research: EAGER-NEON: Is Canopy Structural Complexity a Global Predictor of Primary Production?: Using NEON to Transform Understanding of Forest Structure-Function, 11/24/2015, NSF/BIO/Directorate for Biological Sciences


Volin, John, $339,062, Evaluation of Airborne & Mobile LiDAR Technologies for Monitoring Roadside Vegetation and Utility Infrastructure, 12/11/2015, Eversource


Volin, John, $1,213,521, Stormwise: Vegetation Management and Modeling for Storm Resistant Trees, Resilient Power and Sustainable Futures, 12/11/2015 Eversource


USDA Integrated Grants and Logic Model

A logic model is a conceptual tool for planning and evaluation which displays the sequence of actions that describes what the science-based program is and will do.


How to Join a Multistate Project


Instructions to join a Multistate Project   - Link to directions for viewing project proposals and for creating an Appendix E to authorize participation by your scientist(s) /specialist(s) in the above proposed projects. 

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