Author: Tyler Lemoine

Let’s BBQ: The Flaming Burger

Spring has finally reached the icy tundra of Yukon…I mean UConn. Winter is not coming, it has finally ended. With the arrival of spring climates, students and faculty alike have been flocking outdoors to eat lunch, play Frisbee, or study for finals. While we enter this era of warm temperatures that so many of us have forgotten, one thing keeps coming to mind: barbecues. In search of the ultimate burger, I have created something that will satisfy any hot food lovers’ need. Here’s my recipe that makes up to 4 burgers:

Burger

What you need:

For the Burger:

  1. 2 lbs of ground beef (80/20 lean) (substitute with a turkey or veggie burger if you’d like)
  2. salt and pepper
  3. 2 thinly sliced jalapenos
  4. 2 pickles sliced
  5. shredded lettuce
  6. pepper jack cheese (4 slices)
  7. 4 hamburger buns of your choice

For the Chipotle Mayo:

  1. ½ cup of mayonnaise
  2. ½ cup of sour cream
  3. 4 teaspoons of chipotle powder
  4. ½ lime, juiced
  5. (Optional) ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  6. (Optional) ¼ teaspoon oregano
  7. (Optional) ¼ teaspoon paprika

For the Fried Onion Strings:

  1. Vegetable oil (enough for frying)
  2. 1 cup whole milk
  3. 1 cup flour
  4. 1 tablespoon of salt
  5. 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced

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Policy, Agriculture, and Science: the Unforeseen Ties

Tyler InternshipWhen I first enrolled as a Pathobiology major, I never thought much about the political process and how it impacts science. I thought that by taking a basic civics course in high school that I knew more than enough about the government and how a bill becomes a law. After taking one political science class sophomore year, I realized just how wrong I was. While science is something that is often objective and testable, the way science is implemented in society is messy. Things like: religion, finances, ethics, and personal vendettas can either take scientific research and use it to benefit the general public, or use it as a tool for discrimination and misrepresentation of facts. It has been seen before. From using information on HIV as a way to hinder LGBT+ people in healthcare, to having environmental science affect our energy policies in the United States and abroad, public policy and politics have great effects on not only public health, but science and agriculture itself. Even our programs at UConn are affected by public policy in the form of budget cuts.

In order to learn more and get a hands on experience, I obtained a position as an intern for the Connecticut General Assembly, the legislative branch for our state, through UConn’s Political Science department. As an intern, I had the opportunity to apply my knowledge of pathobiology as well as my experiences at UConn from UConn Model United Nations and Undergraduate Student Government. I often conducted research on various issues ranging from veterans affairs to public health. I was able to observe various hearings and meetings regarding vital programs that actually made Connecticut the second state to end homelessness for veterans as well as Continue reading