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• 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)
• 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)
• 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)
• Dr. Frank Dye's Dictionary of Developmental Biology & Embryology (Wiley- Blackwell) has been updated to an illustrated second edition. Take a look inside. (posted 02-10-12)
• Jacqueline Malecki, who graduated (BA in Biology) in 2010, is a coauthor — along with Dr. Tom Philbrick — of a paper describing a new plant species. Click here for more information. Philbrick, C. T., J. Malecki, H. I. Stevens & N. P. Tippery. 2011. A new genus of Podostemaceae from Venezuela. Novon 21: 475-480. (posted 01-16-12)
• Susie Fehrmann, a 2010 graduate of the M.A. in Biological & Environmental Sciences, has published her thesis work in the American Journal of Botany (AJB). Click here for more information on her work. Fehrmann, F., C. T. Philbrick & R. Halliburton. 2012. Intraspecific variation in Podostemum ceratophyllum (Podostemaceae): evidence of refugia and colonization since the last glacial maximum. American Journal of Botany 99: 145-151. (posted 01-16-12)
• Welcome to several new additions to the Biology Dept. family. Dr. Lori Benoit is an Assistant Professor on a one-year appointment, and will be teaching Genetics this semester. Sal Sidoti, a former graduate of WCSU, is returning to teach Ecology, as well as Concepts of Biology lab. Lisa Taylor joins us as the new Biology secretary. (posted 09-14-11)
• Jacqueline Malecki is the latest of several WCSU undergraduates in Dr. Tom Philbrick's lab who are co-authors of papers in scientific publications. These projects represent independent studies conducted by the students under Dr. Philbrick's guidance and supported by his grants from National Geographic and The National Science Foundation. To see a description of the papers and undergraduate researchers, click here. (posted 09-14-11)
• A farewell to Dr. Tom Lonergan, who will be leaving as our chairperson to become Dean of Arts & Sciences at Davenport University, Grand Rapids, MI. Good luck, Dr. Lonergan! Dr. Mitch Wagener will serve as acting chairperson. (posted 09-14-11)
• Dr. Mitch Wagener & two of our students, Bruna Oliveira and Catrina Morgan, are highlighted in the Danbury News-Times for their work in testing local waterways for zebra mussel infestation. (posted 08-02-11)
• Dr. Dora Pinou and area grade school teachers ran the STEM summer camp this year from July 11-29. This year's Event flyer and schedule, and news from last year's camp are available. (posted 08-02-11)
• Dr. Tom Philbrick is coauthor on four recent papers:
Ruhfel, B. R., V. Bittrich, C. P. Bove, M. H. G. Gustafsson, C. T. Philbrick, R. Rutishauser, Z. Xi & C. C. Davis. 2011. Phylogeny of the Clusiod Clade (Malpighiales): Evidence from the Plastid and mitochondrial genomes. American Journal of Botany 98: 306-325.
Tippery, N. P., C. T. Philbrick, C. P. Bove & D. H. Les. 2011. Systematics and phylogeny of neotropical riverweeds (Podostemaceae: Podostemoideae). Systematic Botany 36: 105- 118.
Philbrick, C. T. , C. P. Bove & H. I. Stevens. 2010. Endemism in Neotropical Podostemaceae. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. 97: 425-456. (posted 08-02-11)
- Bove, C. P., C. T. Philbrick & W. J. E. M Costa. 2011. Taxonomy, distribution and emended description of the neotropical genus Lophogyne (Podostemaceae). Brittonia 63: 156-160. (posted 08-02-11)
• Dr. Neeta Connally spoke on a panel with other Lyme Disease experts at the Westport Public Library this past April. The story is reported in the Westport News. (posted 08-02-11)
• Dr. Richard Halliburton has announced his retirement from the Biology Dept. faculty. Dr. H has coordinated the graduate program for many years, and taught genetics, population genetics, evolution, and graduate courses. He retires to California with his wife, WCSU library technical assistant Meredith Halliburton, and will pursue his passion, outdoor photography. We wish you the best, Dr. Halliburton! Click here for farewell party photos and song. (posted 06-27-11)
• Dr. Howard Russock's recent paper in the journal Behaviour has been highlighted in Science Daily. The original paper is entitled "An evolutionary interpretation of the effect of gender and sexual orientation on human mate selection preferences, as indicated by an analysis of personal advertisements". (posted 04-20-11)
• Dr. Frank Dye's manuscript "Developmental Cell Biology" has been accepted for publication in the Encyclopedia of Molecular Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine, Wiley Press. It will be issued an an online update in August. The book should be following in early 2012. (posted 02-12-11)
• Dr. Neeta Connally joins us this year as a new full-time, tenure-track faculty member. Formerly of the Yale School of Public Health, Dr. Connally is a specialist in ticks & Lyme Disease. Let's give her a big WestConn welcome. (posted 01-24-11)
• Dr. Dora Pinou was given the Connecticut State University System's 2010 Norton Mezvinsky Trustees Research Award. (posted 10-12-10)
• Mark Fitzgerald won the Provost's Prize for best student research poster at WestConn Research Day 2010. His poster, Microbial Metagenomic Analysis and Comparison of Candlewood Lake Sediments in Winter Drawdown and Shallow Submerged Shoreline Areas, was co-authored by graduate student Mary Alice Secola. Their project advisor was Dr. Ed Wong. (posted 05-18-10)
• The Biology Club was presented the WestConn Student Club of the Year award by the WCSU Student Government Association. Congratulations to Club president Heather Shepard and the rest of the club. (posted 05-05-10)
• Maria Ierace, Biology Class of 2010, has been accepted by the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri at Columbia. (posted 05-04-10)
• Dr. Mitch Wagener and Dr. Frank Dye were featured in the Danbury News-Times for Earth Day 2010. Dr. Wagener wrote about the threat of climate change, while Dr. Dye wrote about the need to be responsible caretakers for our planet. (posted 04-28-10)
• The following students have earned departmental awards this year. Nominees must achieve a high GPA and be recommended by faculty. The Outstanding Graduating Senior Biology Major award goes to co-recipients Ana & Maria Bortolleto. The Most Promising Underclassman award goes to Carina Nido. Congratulations to these students! (posted 04-28-10)
• Dr. Ruth Gyure and Dr. Theodora Pinou, along with teachers from Barnard Elementary School for Environmental Studies in New Haven, CT, have been awarded a grant from the Toyota Tapestry program to study the environmental impact of retrofitting floodgates on the West River. (posted 04-06-10)
• Dr. Theodora Pinou has a new article in press. Pinou, T., Drucker, M., & Studley, E. (2010). An “HOLA” approach to learning science. In R. E. Yager (Ed). Science for Resolving Issues/Problems. NSTA Press, Arlington, VA. In press. (posted 04-05-10)
• Two environmental internships are available for graduate students interested in studying pollutant loading in Lake Kenosia in western Danbury. For more details, contact Dr. Theodora Pinou immediately. Deadline for applications is March 30, 2010. (posted 03-25-10)
• Dr. Theodora Pinou is highlighted in a talk to volunteers of the Connecticut State Animal Response Team. Read the article in the Danbury News-Times here. (posted 03-02-10)
• Dr. Patrice Boily has published a paper entitled "Role of voluntary motor activity on menthol-induced hyperthermia in mice". Journal of Thermal Biology (2009) 34(8): 420-425. (posted 01-07-10)
• Dr. C. Thomas Philbrick, along with WCSU graduate Mr. Thomas C. Edson and Brazilian collaborator Dr. Claudia Bove published a taxonomic monograph in the journal Systematic Botany (see below). Their paper addresses the taxonomy and biology of plants that occur attached to rocks in river-rapids and waterfalls in central Brazil.
Philbrick, C.T., D. P. Bove & T. C. Edson. 2009. Monograph of Castelnavia (Podostemaceae). Systematic Botany 34(4):715-729. (posted 12-21-09)
• Dr. Maureen Kelly joins us this year on a full-time faculty appointment. Besides teaching, Dr. Kelly is a semiprofessional musician. Her office is located in Science Building 239. Telephone: 203-837-9038.
• Dr. Howard Russock has retired after 33 years of exemplary service to the Biology Department and the University as a whole. He will continue to teach part-time as emeritus faculty. Wish him the best of luck when you see him.
• A time-lapse video of Dictostelium life-cycle has won a runners-up award for Arjumond Khan and Benjamin Woodhouse in The Scientist magazine Video Awards: 2009. The video was created in fulfillment of a senior research project in 2008 in Dr. Frank Dye's lab (posted 08-04-09).
• Associate Professor Ruth Gyure is co-author of an article, "Co-selection of Mercury and Antibiotic Resistance in Sphagnum Core Samples Dating Back 2000 Years", published in Geomicrobiology Journal (posted 06-20-09)
• Associate Professor Pat Boily and collaborators from the University of New Orleans are co-authors of an article, "Exercise- and hypoxia-induced anaerobic metabolism and recovery: a student laboratory exercise using teleost fish", published in Advances in Physiology Education. (posted 03-04-09).
• Associate Professor Ruth Gyure has been elected, in a national election, as Chair-Elect for the Educational Branch of the American Society for Microbiology. This position will allow Dr. Gyure to guide national decisions concerning microbiology education. (posted 02-12-09)
• Associate Professor Ruth Gyure is co-author of an article, "Using Microbial Ecology to Teach Experimental Design and Sampling Methods", published in the MicrobeLibrary Curriculum Resource Library, American Society for Microbiology. (posted 02-10-09)
• Assistant Professor Theodora Pinou, and collaborators at a New Haven magnet school, have published a new article about teaching the scientific process to first graders. (posted 02-02-09)