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What's New on the Website
• Upcoming Events (11-20-13)
• Dept News (10-28-13)
• Student Opportunities (03-27-13)
• Faculty Schedules uploaded (02-14-13)
Introduction to Tropical Field Biology in Costa Rica. March 15-23, 2014. A four-credit course that fulfills general education lab science credits. For more information, contact Dr. Pinou or download the application. (posted 11-20-13)
Joerg Graf, University of Connecticut, will speak on "Friends or Foes, Aeromonas: a Bacterial Symbiont of the Medicinal Leech and Infectious Agent in Patients." Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013 at 4:00 PM. Science Building Room 125. Reception to follow. Open to the public. (posted 11-07-13)
• 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)
• 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)
Older News Items
• 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.
• WCSU Beekeepers Club is welcoming new members. For details, contact its advisor, Dr. Mitch Wagener.
• Advisor's lists, program planning sheets, and other forms are available from the Forms page .