High-profile food recalls due to outbreaks of diseases like Salmonella shed light on a persistent problem for agriculture: contaminated irrigation water. Dr. Luo’s research, recently funded by USDA NIFA, will create biopolymer beads to clean wastewater for safer agricultural irrigation. Read the full story on UConn Today.
Faculty from the Department of Nutritional Sciences Yangchao Luo and Loneke Blackman Carr have received a $500,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to support the continuation of a program designed to give community college and UConn students practical research experience. Please read the full story at UConn Today.
Our new Food Safety Lab (in Jones Building) has now been finally inspected and approved by Connecticut Department of Public Health for conducting research activities on pathogenic bacteria. The lab has also received a full approval from UConn Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), and now it is up and running. We are excited to establish a new research program to study how nanotechnology can aid food industry to tackle microbiological safety and quality challenges.
During the Board of Trustees Meeting today (April 28, 2021), the Board voted to approve Dr. Luo’s promotion to Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, in the College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources, effective August 23, 2021. Congratulations to Dr. Luo on reaching a significant milestone in his academic career! Read the celebration message from Provost here.
The College of Agriculture, Health, and, Natural Resources (CAHNR) held their annual Honors and Awards Ceremony on March 31, 2021 honoring, faculty, students, and alum for their contributions to the College, research, and community. Faculty and students from the Department of Nutritional Sciences have received multiple awards in 2020 and 2021. Our department holds the largest number of awards among eight academic departments in the college. From our lab, Jingyi Xue won the CAHNR Graduate Student Research and Creativity Award in 2021, and Dr. Luo was awarded the Donald M. Kinsman Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2020. Please read the story at UConn Today here.