Colin Kremer, Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University, will speak on "In Hot Water: marine phytoplankton and climate change." Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 4:00 PM. Science Building Room 125. Reception to follow. Open to the public. (posted 03-26-13)
• Dr. Neeta Connally has a paper published entitled "Selection of Neighborhood Controls for a Population-Based Lyme Disease Case-Control Study by Using a Commercial Marketing Database." Neeta P. Connally; Kimberly Yousey-Hindes; James Meek. American Journal of Epidemiology 2013; doi: 10.1093/aje/kws464 (posted 04-23-13)
• Dr. Neeta Connally is highlighted in a News-Times article describing a project to study the effect of insecticide-treated mice on the incidence of Lyme disease. (posted 04-09-13)
• The "Building a Bridge to Improve Student Success" program — a collaboration between WCSU and area public schools — has earned recognition in the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Biology faculty involved with the Bridge program over the past four years include: Patrice Boily, Katherine Ierace, Thomas Lonergan, Salvatore Sidoti, Stephen "Mitch" Wagener, and Edwin Wong. (posted 03-26-13)
• The Zebra Mussel Monitoring Project — a joint effort between WCSU Biology and the Candlewood Lake Authority — has earned recognition in the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Biology faculty involved in the project include Stephen "Mitch" Wagener and Edwin Wong. A number of undergraduates, graduate students, and community volunteers are also involved in this project to assess the invasion or potential for invasion by this invasive species in the Housatonic River, Lake Lillinonah, Lake Zoar, and Candlewood Lake. (posted 03-26-13)
• Dr. Tom Philbrick has been elected as a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, a nonprofit professional organization dedicated to promoting informed public discussion of science-related subjects and student interest in pursuing careers in the sciences. (posted 02-25-13)
• Biology graduate student Molly O'Leary, Dr. Dora Pinou, and other department students are featured in a News-Times story about environmental impacts of road construction on animals. (posted 02-25-13)
• Advisee–Advisor lists for Fall 2013 registration are now available at the Forms webpage. View the lists sorted "by advisee last name" or "by advisor last name". (posted 02-21-13)
• A new musical video about field sampling ticks for the purpose of Lyme disease prevention research has been submitted to the Open category of the 2012 Entomology Society of America "YouTube Your Entomology" contest. Sung to the tune of "Walk This Way" by Aerosmith and Run DMC, the video was produced by the Tick Research Laboratory at WCSU (students Melissa DiNino, Chantal Ridlon, Esau Rojas, and Assistant Professor Neeta Connally). The video also earned a mention in the NY Times. (posted 10-26-12)
• WCSU Beekeepers is a new student club based in the Biology Dept. The club's goal is to "create a new wave of young beekeepers, who can pass on knowledge to their communities and future generations." For more information, contact club President Bruna Oliveira. (posed 09-18-12)
• Welcome to several new additions to the Biology Dept. family. Dr. Rachel Prunier is an Assistant Professor on a tenure-track appointment, and will be teaching Genetics this semester. Dr. Michelle Monette is an Assistant Professor on a tenure-track appointment, and will be teaching Anatomy & Physiology in Spring 2013. (posted 09-13-12)
• Former students Melissa Garafola, Ana Bortoletto, and Maria Bortoletto, and faculty members Dr. Ed Wong, Dr. Mitch Wagener, and Larry Marsicano were featured in poster presentations at the North American Lake Management Society New England meeting. Their research focused on the molecular and microscopic detection and monitoring of zebra mussels in western Connecticut waterways. (posted 09-13-12)
• The News-Times reports on the summer STEM camp sponsored by WCSU and Danbury Public schools. (posted 08-07-12)
• Dr. Neeta Connally and her student "Tick SWAT Team" are highlighted in the Ridgefield Press for their project to monitor tick populations in Ridgefield public recreation areas. (posted 06-29-12)
• Dr. Frank Dye has written a chapter on "Developmental Cell Biology" for the book, "Systems Biology: Advances in Molecular Biology and Medicine", edited by Robert Meyers (2012; Wiley-Blackwell). (posted 06-20-12)
• Dr. Neeta Connally is highlighted in the Spring 2012 issue of the WCSU Cupola, describing her work with ticks. (posted 03-04-12)
• Dr. Mitch Wagener is highlighted in a news article about the recent Housatonic River Watershed Zebra Mussel Forum, along with nearly 60 environmental advocates and officials from government and academia. Dr. Wagener, Dr. Edwin Wong, and former WCSU students Melissa Garafola, and Ana & Maria Bortoletto are part of a joint WCSU/Candlewood Lake Authority pilot project to detect and monitor invasive zebra mussels in local waterways. Funding for this project was provided by the US Forest & Wildlife Service Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force and administered by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP). (posted 02-17-12)
• Dr. Neeta Connally has been awarded a grant from the Connecticut Department of Health to support her research on tickborne disease prevention in the region. As part of this research Dr. Connally will be supporting three undergraduate students as research assistants. (posted 02-17-12)
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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 .