Our mission in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources is ensuring a sustainable global future through research, teaching and public engagement utilizing agricultural, health, and environmental sciences. Our 2016 highlights reflect our com- mitment to integration of research, education, and public engagement. The UConn Climate Corps will be training undergraduate students, and working in towns across the state on environmental issues. Extension educators at the Avery Point campus are developing techniques to harvest seaweed from 70,000 acres under- water along the Connecticut coast. A team of Extension faculty members is helping agricultural producers prepare for drought, and our Connecticut 4-H members are learning about STEM, food and nutrition. The Extension internship program con- tinues to grow, offering UConn students the opportunity to tie research to real life. Tom Martella, a 2016 intern with Juliana Barrett recently summed up his experience: “A small decision like applying for an internship in climate change may not seem like it will change your life, but every experience is a valuable thing, and the interesting part is what it will lead to next. I can already see my Extension internship as being a milestone in creating my future.” Join us as we celebrate milestones from 2016, and look forward to another year of tying research to real life. Cameron Faustman, Interim Dean & Director College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources Messagefrom the Interim Dean On November 30, 2016 Provost Mun Y. Choi announced that Cameron Faustman would serve as interim dean of the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. In his message to the College, Provost Choi stated: “We have asked Dr. Cameron Faustman, a Professor in the Department of Animal Science, the Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Research, and the Director of the Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture, to serve as Interim Dean. Cameron also has experience as a Department Head and as Chair of the Senate Executive Committee. He has many talents and experiences that have prepared him well for the role of Interim Dean. As a faculty member, his research has focused on chemistry and biochemistry of myoglobin, lipids and protein interactions in foods, applications of mass spectrometry for characterizing food proteins, and antioxidant mediation to improve food quality. Cameron has been honored with local and national awards in both teaching and research, includ- ing his selection as a UConn Teaching Fellow. He has also assumed many leadership and service roles at UConn and is widely respected as a colleague across campus. We are grateful that Cameron, a University Scholar alum of UConn, has agreed to assume this additional leadership role, for many reasons, including his knowledge and commitment to both the University and the College. Please join us in thanking Dean Weidemann for his service and in congratu- lating Cameron on this new appointment.” 2016 HIGHLIGHTS OF EXTENSION 3