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Skywarn Spotters.
In light of recent weather events, Dr. Pinou's NOAA family program, the National Weather Service, the WCSU Weather Center, along with the Sigma Xi chapter, will be sponsoring a Skywarn Spotters Training Program September 20, 6pm – 9pm. Skywarn Spotters are a critical part of the National Weather Service (NWS) warning process. The NWS depends on Skywarn Spotters and other trained observers to verify warnings. If you are interested in becoming a Skywarn Spotter, please fill in all applicable information on the registration form. This form is important because it will help us properly prepare for our audience. Refreshments will be served so make sure to register here. All 2017 Summer NOAA families who completed the registration in July are asked to register on-line also. (posted 09-02-17)

Thursday Seminar Series. Our first Thursday Research Seminar highlights our senior research students, Daniel Monahan ("Investigating effects of exercise on obesity") and Nicholas Tiberio (Sexual selection in the wood duck"), on Sep 14 at 4:00 pm in SB 125. Open to the public. Refreshments afterwards. (posted 09-02-17).

Our next Research Seminar speaker is Dr. Sherry Mansour, Yale School of Medicine. "Running the Risk of Acute Kidney Injury in Marathon Runners". Sep 28 at 4:00 pm in SB 125. Open to the public. Check out our Fall 2017 Research Seminar Schedule here.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships.
The WCSU Biology SURF program gives undergraduate students an opportunity to experience and participate in hands-on research projects under the guidance of experienced mentors. Click here for
blogs from the program. (posted 06-11-17)

Dr. Frank Dye has a new book out, entitled Dictionary of Stem Cells, Regenerative Medicine, and Translational Medicine, published by John Wiley. (posted 03-19-17)

Welcome. Dr. Hannah Reynolds joins us as our new tenure-track microbiologist. She comes to us from Ohio State University, and her research interests include fungal diseases such as White-Nose Syndrome that affects bats. (posted 01-21-17)

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. (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)

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Entomology Club is welcoming new members. For details, check out the club webpage or contact its advisor, Dr. Mitch Wagener.

Biology Club is welcoming new members. For details, check out the club webpage or contact its advisor, Dr. Ed Wong.

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