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• Dept News (09-17-14)
• Upcoming Events (09-10-14)
• Advisee-Advisor Lists (03-03-14)
• Faculty Schedules uploaded (01-22-14)
• Student Opportunities (03-27-13)


Wednesday Research Seminar. "Microevolution in a hotspot: Genomics of an atypically widespread cape floristic region plant species: Protea repens". Rachel Prunier, WCSU. Wednesday, Sep 24 at 4:00 PM. Science Building 219. Open to the public; reception to follow. (posted 09-11-14)

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• Dr. Rachel Prunier (with K. Holsinger & J. Carlson) published a paper entitled "Reconsidering a disjunct distribution: Molecular and morphological evidence for two evolutionarily distinct lineages in Protea mundii Klotsch." South African Journal of Biology 95: 64-69. (posted 09-17-14)

• Dr. Mitch Wagener published a paper — along with former BIO chair, Tom Lonergan, and adjunct instructor, Larry Marsicano — entitled "A laboratory examination of the effectiveness of a winter seasonal lake drawdown to control invasive Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum)". Lake and Reservoir Management, 30:4, 381-392. (posted 09-17-14)

• Dr. Dora Pinou, with colleagues from Yale and The Citadel, published a paper entitled "Six degrees of separation in barnacles? Assessing genetic variability in the sea- turtle epibiont Stomatolepas elegans (Costa) among turtles, beaches and oceans." Journal of Natural History, 47:33-34, 2193-2212. (posted 09-17-14)

Welcome to our newest tenure-track faculty member, Dr. Joshua Cordeira. Dr. Cordeira received his PhD in neuroscience from Tufts University School of Medicine. (posted 08-27-14)

Advisee–Advisor lists for Fall 2014 registration are now available at the Forms webpage. View the lists sorted "by advisee last name" or "by advisor last name". (posted 03-03-14)

• Dr. Ana Ribeiro, B.A., magna cum laude, Biology class of 1995, was the recipient of the WCSU School of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award at the 2014 Honors Convocation on Monday, May 5, 2014. (posted 05-11-14)

Dr. Mitch Wagener was awarded the "Outstanding Faculty Member in Arts & Sciences" by the WCSU Student Government Association. (posted 05-05-14)

Dr. Theodora Pinou was awarded the "Excellence in Teaching" Award by the WCSU Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success. (posted 04-29-14)

BIO 198 Introduction to Tropical Field Biology in Costa Rica.March 15-23, 2014. The YouTube video of the trip is now available. (posted 04-09-14)

• Student Melissa Di Nino was awarded a scholarship from the Danbury Garden Club. (posted 04-08-14)

• Dr. Neeta Connally has been awarded the Board of Regents Faculty Research Award for WCSU. Congratulations, Neeta! (posted 03-18-14)

• WCSU Communications major, Joshua Riddle, a former BIO 100 student, has made a documentary highlighting the ecological threat to Candlewood Lake. Featured in the film are WCSU BIO faculty. See it here on YouTube. (posted 02-26-14)

Two Biology majors have earned awards this year. Meghan Bresson has been awarded "Most Outstanding Graduating Senior". Jake Lipinsky has been awarded "Most Promising Undergraduate". Extend your congratulations when you see these two students. (posted 02-26-14)

Drs. Mitch Wagener and Ed Wong, along with adjunct instructor Larry Marsicano and several WCSU Biology students—including Rebekah White and Jean-Luc Plante—are highlighted in a News-Times article describing research into the zebra mussel infestation in Lakes Zoar and Lillinonah. (posted 10-28-13)

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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.

• Advisor's lists, program planning sheets, and other forms are available from the Forms page .

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