Faculty & Staff Monthly Newsletter

February 5, 2024

College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources Dean, Indrajeet Chaubey

Dear Colleagues,

In my monthly messages to you, I usually keep it light and fun. However, I want to take a moment to address a topic that is on many of our minds: the budget. I truly believe that transparency and discussion are the best policy, which is why I have shared information with CAHNR leadership and department heads as it has become available to me. Right now, we are still unclear about all the details related to the budget, but please know that I will continue to be transparent and to work hard to ensure CAHNR programs, priorities, and people are adequately funded. I encourage faculty and staff to attend the Town Hall meetings offered by the Office of the Provost as a way to continue to stay informed and voice any questions or concerns you may have (details are provided below). Regardless of what challenges lie ahead, we will face them collectively, as a team, in order to keep advancing in our mission to serve the students and communities of our state.

A large part of our mission has been enhancing health locally, nationally, and globally. This year,  to commemorate the 10th anniversary of adding "Health" to our College name, we are celebrating the contributions our faculty, staff, students, and alumni have made in this field. Keep a look out for stories and events that highlight the #HinCAHNR throughout 2024.

As always, thanks for all you do.


Indrajeet Chaubey
Dean and Director


Office of the Provost Budget Town Halls

Virtual Town Hall 

  • Date and Time: February 21, 2024 from 12-1 p.m. 
  • Email to submit questions: Communications@uconn.edu  
  • Link to come

In-Person/Virtual Town Hall 

Have an idea for the newsletter? We are grateful for the creativity and diverse opinions of our College community.

Contact cahnrdean@uconn.edu for consideration

Featured Story of the Month

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10th Anniversary of Health

At UConn CAHNR, We’re More Than Ag

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of “Health” being added to its name, CAHNR is kicking off a year-long celebration of health-related research, education, and extension outreach taking place across the College

Read the Full Article

CAHNR Impacts 2023

CAHNR Impacts magazine cover

CAHNR makes an impact each and every year. Now we have a new annual magazine to highlight some of the phenomenal work being done within our College's research enterprise, academic programs, and Extension activities.

Take a peek at CAHNR Impacts 2023.

Welcome to New Colleagues

Lauren Kurtz, Plant Science & Landscape Architecture, Research Technician 1

Amelia Magistrali, UConn Extension, Associate Cooperative Extension Educator

Pedram Rezamand, Animal Science, Department Head


Did You Know - How to Pronounce CAHNR

Prompted by the Department of Kinesiology’s move from the Neag School of Education in 2014, the Board of Trustees approved a new name: the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. Since the full College name can be a mouthful, many choose to use the acronym, CAHNR, pronounced like “Connor," not "Canner."

“A lot of people may still pronounce it as ‘Canner,’ but that doesn’t reflect the all-important ‘H,’ which is a small way to make sure our focus on ‘Health’ is a recognizable part of our name and our work,” says Chaubey.

CAHNR 10th anniversary of health badge

Strategic Vision Implementation Update

The One Health Conference is approaching fast, and we are excited to share:

  • AM Session Keynote Speaker: Dr. Osman Dar, Director, One Health Project, Global Health Programme, at Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs
  • PM Session Keynote Speaker: Leann Andrews, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at Penn State and part of their One Health Group and the Ecology + Design Initiative.
  • We are accepting proposals from undergraduate and graduate sessions for the poster session. See the full qualifications and submit an abstract.
  • Registration is open!

SVIC-funded projects will also be announced later this week. Visit the SVIC site for more information.


Save the Date


  • Wednesday, March 27, 2024: CAHNR Awards & Honors
  • Saturday, April 20, 2024: Graduate Research Forum
  • Saturday, May 4, 2024: CAHNR Undergraduate Commencement
  • Monday, May 6, 2024: Graduate School Commencements

Update from the Business Office

Why did the egg hide? It was a little chicken.

There's more fun in this month's edition of the CAHNR Business Office newsletter. Each month, the team in CAHNR’s Business Office will update the CAHNR community on deadlines, policies, procedures, staffing changes, and all kinds of other useful information. Visit the CAHNR Business Office site for more.


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