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Registration for Fall 2016 Classes. Advisor-Advisee lists are now available at the Forms page. (posted 03-19-16)

Summer Classes. Spend a cool time this hot summer by taking classes at WCSU Biology. Find out more about summer classes here. (posted 04-12-16)

Wednesday Research Seminar. "Changing Attitudes; Changing Threats: living with cold-blooded wildlife in the Northeast". Alvin Breisch, Roosevelt Wild Life Station. Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 4:00 PM in Science Building 219. Open to the public. Reception to follow. (posted 04-19-16)

Entomology Club. Come learn about our insect friends! First meeting is April 19 at 3:30 PM in the Bio Clubs Room, SB 208. (posted 04-18-16)

BIO 107 Costa Rica Field Work. March 19-27, 2016. Spend a week studying at the tropical Goldring Field Station. Contact Dr. Dora Pinou for more details. (posted 10-26-15)

BIO 480 Group Senior Research at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, Salisbury Cove, Maine. May 27-June 3 (3 cr). This course will be a week long, intensive research experience during which students will conduct experiments with live fish specimens, and will use cellular, molecular, and biochemical techniques to examine aspects of fish physiology. Students will attend lectures and brown bag lunches given by research faculty, and get a chance to interact with undergraduate and graduate students from other institutions. Our week in Maine will also include time for hiking, biking, and kayaking in nearby Acadia National Park. This course will be offered in Summer 2016 during Summer Session I. The week at MDIBL will be Friday, May 27th- Friday, June 3rd. There will be meetings at WCSU before and after the week at MDIBL (days/times to be determined). Students interested in this course should email Dr. Michelle Monette as soon as possible. (posted 01-13-16)

BIO 498 Plant Biodiversity(4 cr). June 27–July 22, 2016 (Summer Session II).Students will be introduced to the biology of vascular plants with emphasis on study of the Connecticut flora. Prerequisites: BIO 200 or permission of the instructor, Dr. Tom Philbrick. (posted 12-19-15)

Dr. Frank Dye published an article entitled, "Developmental Cell Biology" in Reviews in Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine 2:118–143 (2016). (posted 02-15-16)

Dr. Neeta Connally and other authors published a paper entitled, "Testing practices and volume of non-Lyme tickborne diseases in the United States" in Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases 7:193-198 (2016). (posted 01-23-16)

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Entomology Club is welcoming new members. For details, contact its advisor, Dr. Mitch Wagener.

Herpetology Club is welcoming new members. For more information, check out the club webpage or contact the advisor, Dr. Dora Pinou.

Biology Club is welcoming new members. For details, check out the club webpage or contact its advisor, Dr. Ed Wong.

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