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Wednesday Research Seminar. Paul Hapeman, Central Connecticut State University, will be speaking on "Field & Lab Methods for Mustelid Conservation: examples from Mink, Fisher, & American Marten." Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at 4 pm in Science Building 219. Open to the public, and reception to follow (posted 04-14-15)

Sigma Xi Conference. WCSU will be hosting the Sigma Xi Northeastern Regional Research Conference, Saturday, April 18, 2015. For more information, see the WCSU Sigma Xi homepage. Open to the public. (posted 03-03-15)

Congratulations to the 2015 Biology Department Award recipients: Matthew Monaco, Karen Velez, and Stacey Evans Houle. Matthew Monaco received the "Outstanding Graduating Senior Biology Major Award", Karen Velez received the "Most Promising Underclassman Award", and Stacey Evans Houle received the "Graduate Student Award." (posted 02-20-15)

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 adjunct instructor, Larry Marsicano and former BIO chair Tom Lonergan — 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)

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)

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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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