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Thursday Research Seminar. Yao Wu Yuan, University of Connecticut. "Say it with Monkey Flowers." Thursday, Oct 27, 2016 at 4:00 PM in Science Building 125. Open to the public. Reception to follow. (posted 10-10-16)

Run or Dye Race. Join with the BIO faculty–student team to run the 2.5-mile race on Sunday, Oct 16 at Ives Concert Park, Westside Campus. Contact Dr. Cordeira to join the team, and register ASAP here. Free for WCSU students; $10 pre-registration all others. (posted 10-10-16)

Institute on Science for Global Policy (ISGP) Conference. Internationally recognized scientists and the audience will debate and discuss "The Socioeconomic Contexts of Sustainable Agriculture." Friday, Oct 14–Saturday, Oct 15 in the Science Building. For more information and registration, go here. (Posted 10-01-16).

Biology Follies. It's showtime again for our Second Annual Biology Follies. Biology students, faculty, and staff are invited to display their talents. Thursday, Oct 6 at 4:00 PM in Science Building 125. Submit your act to Dr. Wong by Sep 22. Open to the public. (posted 08-26-16)

Dr. Neeta Connally was awarded a four-year $1.6 million grant from the CDC to fund a project — in conjunction with the University of Rhode Island and WCSU Psychology professor Daneil Barrett — to study tick management strategies. Read all about it here and here. Congratulations, Dr. Connally! (posted 10-10-16).

Welcome new faculty & staff. Dr. Kristin Giamanco joins us as our new tenture-track cell biologist. Dr. Devdutta Deb teaches Microbiology on a one-semester appointment. Ms. Pamela Veach expands her duties from purchasing manager to lab coordinator for BIO 100. Our new and returning adjunct faculty: Larry Marsicano, Kathleen Miller, Ashley Manari, Brian Ortman, Barbara Bogart, George Rogers, Akalushi Muthukumarana, Frank Dye, Chris Tait, Howard Russock, Debbie Johnson, Roger Martinez-Alcaz, Paul Nitti, Mike Murphy, Pano Koukopoulos, Susan Maskel, Rayda Krell (posted 08-26-16)

Dr. Edwin Wong and Larry Marsicano (Bio Dept adjunct instructor, along with being Director of the Candlewood Lake Authority) are collaborating to study cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) blooms and the toxins they produce on Candlewood Lake. (posted 05-15-16)

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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