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2017 - Quartz.com - News Story - Not Everyone is as Excited About the Eclipse as Humans

2016 - New Publication: Wise SE and RG Jaeger. 2016. Seasonal and geographic variation in territorial conflicts by male red-backed salamanders. Behaviour (in press).

2015 - Professor of Biology Tom McCarthy becomes Associate Dean of the Division of Science and Mathematics.

2015 - Professor of Biology Sharon Wise becomes Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.

2015 - Award - Professor of Biology Bryant Buchanan wins the 2015 Virgil Crisafulli Distinguished Teaching Award.

2015 - Presentation - Cabrera,* Tiffany., Jasmina Samardzic,* Abigail Schaible*, Sharon Wise, and Bryant. Buchanan. The effect of artificial night lighting on the activity of Drosophila virilis. Utica College Student Research Conference. Oral Presentation.

 

2015 - Presentation - Treen,* John, Mark. Nelson*, Sharon. Wise and Bryant. Buchanan. Prey detection by the red-backed salamander under low illuminations. Utica College Student Research Conference. Oral Presentation. 

2014 Invited Presentation - Buchanan, B. W., S. E. Wise, and J. Visalli*.  Artificial light at night alters tadpole activity. Symposium: Light Pollution: Ecological and Evolutionary Consequences. International Society for Behavioral Ecology, New York. Symposium: Invited Presentation.

2014 Invited Presentation - Wise, S. E., A. Pascone*, and B. W. Buchanan. 2014 The impact of light pollution on activity of juvenile salamanders. Symposium: Light Pollution: Ecological and Evolutionary Consequences. International Society for Behavioral Ecology, New York. Symposium: Invited Presentation.

2014 - Presentation - Buchanan, B. W., S. E. Wise, and J. Visalli*. Artificial light at night alters tadpole activity. Symposium: Light Pollution: Ecological and Evolutionary Consequences. International Society for Behavioral Ecology, New York. 

2014 - Presentation - Wise, S. E., A. Pascone*, and B. W. Buchanan. 2014 The impact of light pollution on activity of juvenile salamanders. Symposium: Light Pollution: Ecological and Evolutionary Consequences. International Society for Behavioral Ecology, New York. Symposium: Invited Presentation.
 

2014 - Presentation - Justine Gordon*, Bryant Buchanan, Jessica Shinn-Thomas. Using Caenorhabditis elegans as a Model to Study ADHD and Memory. 22nd Annual CSTEP Research Conference, Bolton Landing, NY

2013 - Publication - McCarthy TM, Keyes J & Cade WH. 2013. Male field crickets (Gryllus texensis) exhibit phonotactic behavior in response to acoustic calls from conspecific males. Journal of Insect Behavior, 26: 634-648.



2013 - Poster Presentation - Blowers, A. J.*, K. R. Ford, J. Ralston, and S. E. Scanga. Local and landscape-scale habitat selection in five boreal birds threatened by climate change. International Congress for Conservation Biology 2013, Baltimore, MD. 

2013 - Presentation - Buchanan, Bryant. Light pollution associated with urbanization can disrupt normal physiology, behavior, ecology, and evolution of frogs. Symposium: Light Pollution in an Urbanized World: Ecological and Evolutionary Consequences. INTECOL. British Ecological Society, London. 

2013 - Kurtz, Dan. attended the Annual Meeting of the Association for Chemoreception Sciences in Ft. Meyers Florida

2012 - October - Dedication: The Community Foundation Zoology LaboratoryCommunity Foundation Gift for new UC lab

2012 - September - GSC187/197 Zoology Lab Renovations Complete

2012 - May - GSC187/197 Zoology Lab Renovation Begins

2011 - September - Dedication: James and Katherine Pyne General Biology LaboratoryPyne General Biology Laboratory

2011 - September - GSC166 General Biology Lab Renovation Complete.

2011 - Presentation - Meagan Sudik, S. Wise, and B. Buchanan. The Effects of Artificial Night Lighting on Nocturnal Activity of the Red-backed Salamander, Plethodon cinereus. Utica College Student Research Day

2011 - Presentation - Alex Rohacek, S. Wise, and B. Buchanan. The Effects of Artificial Night Lighting on Salamander Tail Regeneration. Utica College Student Research Day.

2011 - Presentation - Ashley Schlichting, A. Rohacek, S. Wise, and B. Buchanan. Variation in Prey Consumption Associated with Tail Regeneration Rates in Salamanders Exposed to Artificial Night Lighting (Light Pollution). Utica College Student Research Day

2011 - Presentation - Jona Johnson and J. McLear. Light Exposure and Huntington’s Disease in Drosophila melanogaster. Utica College Student Research Day

2011. Award - Emma LaLonde* (8th grade Donovan Middle School) won third place in her division at the 33rd Annual Utica College Regional Science Fair for her project entitled: "How does light pollution affect reproduction in fruit flies" conducted in collaboration with members of the Utica College Light Pollution Research Group. 

2010. Publication/Cover Story for The Neuroscientist - 
Pack, A. and L. Pawson. Neuroglial Modulation in Peripheral Sensory Systems. Neuroscientist August 2010 vol. 16 no. 4 342-348 

2010. News Report - Let there be night, for wildlife's sake. Description of symposium and research byS. Wise, A. Rohacek*, T. McCarthy, and B. Buchanan. New Scientist, 17 July 2010.

2010. News Report - In Search of Dark Nights: Astronomers and Conservationists Team Up Against Bright Lights.  description of symposium with talks by S. Wise, A. Rohacek*, T. McCarthy, and B. Buchanan. Nature News 7 July 2010. 

2010. Presentation - Rohacek, A.*, S. Wise, and B. BuchananThe Effects of Artificial Night Lighting on the Nocturnal Activity of the Terrestrial Red-backed Salamander, Plethodon cinereus.Poster presentation - 24th International Congress for Conservation Biology, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

2010. Presentation - McCarthy, T., B. Buchanan, S. Wise, and T. Provost. Nocturnal light pollution and chemical contaminants alter reproductive patterns and hormone concentrations of hermaphroditic freshwater snails. Symposium: Reproduction and mating systems in hermaphroditic mollusks; World Congress of Malacology, Bangkok, Thailand.

2010. Invited Presentation - Wise, S. B. Buchanan, J. Cordova, P. Dawes, and A. Rohacek.Impacts of artificial night lighting on the behavior of nocturnal salamanders. Symposium: Artificial lights and nature: challenges for dusk-to-dawn conservation management at the 24th International Congress for Conservation Biology, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

2010. Invited Presentation - Buchanan, B. W., S. E. Wise, T. McCarthy, H. Savage, J. June, andK. BingelEffects of Artificial Night Lighting on Growth and Development in Aquatic Snails and Frog Larvae. Symposium: Artificial lights and nature: challenges for dusk-to-dawn conservation management at the 24th International Congress for Conservation Biology, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

2010 - $50,000 equipment grant from the Alden Trust funding research in molecular biology, evolution, animal behavior, physiology, and conservation biology.

2010 - $100,000 equipment grant received from the Community Foundation to fund research in light pollution, animal behavior, molecular biology, microbiology, and physiology.

2009 - Interview with A. Pack in Edible Seduction by Matt Bean, Men's Health June 2009:138-154. 

2009 - Publication - McCarthy TM, ‡Keyes J & Cade WH. (accepted pending revisions.) Male field crickets (Gryllus texensis) exhibit phonotactic behavior in response to acoustic calls from conspecific males. Journal of Insect Behavior.

2009 - Publication - Pack, A and Pawson, L. (2009 anticipated). Glio-neuronal modulation of peripheral sensory transduction (invited review, delivered August 2009). The Neuroscientist. Citation information TBA.

2009 - Publication - Suryadevara, AC, Wanamaker HH, Pack A. (2009) The effects of sound conditioning on gentamicin-induced vestibulocochlear toxicity in gerbils. Laryngoscope 119(6):1166-70.

2009 - Presentation - S. Wise, B. Buchanan, and P. Dawes. Artificial Night Lighting Alters Surface Activity of Red-backed Salamanders. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Portland, OR.abstract

2009 - Presentation - Wright, M., T. Provost, and A. K. Pack. Effects of developmental and longitudinal exposure to the PCB Aroclor® 1254 on balance in black Swiss-Webster mice. 2009 Neuroscience Meetings. abstract

2009 -Publication -  Pawson, Lorraine. Laura T. Prestia, Greer K. Mahoney, Burak Gu¨c¸lu¨, Philip J. Cox, and Adam K. Pack. 2009. GABAergic/Glutamatergic–Glial/Neuronal Interaction Contributes to Rapid Adaptation in Pacinian Corpuscles. The Journal of Neuroscience 29(9):2695–2705.

2009 - Research News - THE DEATH OF NIGHT Astronomers and Environmentalists Fight to Save Dark Skies mentions research findings of S. Wise and B. Buchanan in the German Magazine Speigel.

2009- Publication - Perry, G., B. W. Buchanan, R. Fisher, M. Salmon, and S. Wise. Effects of night lights on urban reptiles and amphibians. Chapter 16 in: Urban Herpetology: Ecology, Conservation and Management of Amphibians and Reptiles in Urban and Suburban Environments. J. C. Mitchell, R. E. Jung Brown and B. Bartholomew (ed.). Herpetological Conservation 3: 211-228.

2008 - Publication - Pawson, L., C.M., Checkosky, A.K. Pack, and S.J. Bolanowski (2008) Mesenteric and tactile Pacinian corpuscles are anatomically and physiologically comparable. . Somatosensory & Motor Research Vol. 25, pp. 194-206).

2008 - Publication - Güçlü B, Mahoney GK, Pawson LJ, Pack AK, Smith RL, Bolanowski SJ. (2008) Localization of Merkel cells in the skin: An anatomical model. Somatosensory and Motor Research. 25: 123-138.

2008 - Presentation - *McCarthy TM, ‡June J, ‡Vo K, Provost T, Wise S & Buchanan B.Artificial night lighting alters behavioral, growth and reproductive patterns of an aquatic hermaphrodite snail. 12th Congress of the International Society for Behavioral Ecology, 2008

2008 - Presentation - 2008. Buchanan, B. W., H. Savage, S. Wise, and K. Bingel. Artificial night lighting affects anuran larval growth and development. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH, HL, SSAR). Montreal, Quebec.

2008 - Presentation - *‡Prestia L, Provost T & McCarthy TM. Activity levels in relation to habitat and energy in freshwater hermaphroditic snails. Northeast Natural History Conference X, 2008 Published abstract: Abstracts Northeast Natural History Conference X. N.Y. State Mus. Circ. 71: pp 77. 2008. (ISBN: 1-55557-246-4)

2008 - Presentation - *‡Vo K, McCarthy TM, Buchanan B & Wise S. Effect of artificial night lighting and time of day on aquatic snail activity patterns. Northeast Natural History Conference X, 2008 Published abstract: Abstracts Northeast Natural History Conference X. N.Y. State Mus. Circ. 71: pp 83. 2008. (ISBN: 1-55557-246-4)

2008 – Publication - McCarthy TM & Sih A. 2008. Relatedness of mates influences mating behavior and reproductive success of the hermaphroditic freshwater snail Physa gyrinaEvolutionary Ecology Research, 10: 77-94.

2008 - manuscript submitted - Burak Güçlü, Greer K. Mahoney, Lorraine J. Pawson, Adam K. Pack, and Robert L. Smith. Compartmental cable model predicts directional sensitivity and voltage-sensitive terminal branches in slowly-adapting Type I mechanoreceptive fibers. Submitted to Journal of Neuroscience.

2007 - Faculty Member Sharon Wise becomes Associate Editor for the Journal Copeia of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

2007 - Publication - Dickey BF & McCarthy TM. Predator-prey interactions between crayfish (Orconectes juvenilis) and snails (Physa gyrina) are affected by spatial scale and chemical cues.Invertebrate Biology, 126: 57-66.

2007. McCarthy, J. June*, B. Buchanan, S. Wise, and T. Provost. Nocturnal Light Levels Alter Testosterone Concentrations and the Onset of Reproduction in Hermaphroditic Freshwater Snails. The Endocrine Society's 90th Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON.

2007 - Invited Presentation - Faculty member Tom McCarthy presented a seminar entitled:Exploring implications of the risk allocation hypothesis: sex and death to the Biology Department atHamilton College.

2007 - Invited Presentation - Faculty member Tom McCarthy presented a seminar entitled: Genetic similarity influences mating behavior and reproductive success in a hermaphroditic snail, Physa gyrinato the Utica Marsh Council at the Annual Dinner.

2007 - Publication - Taylor, R., B. Buchanan, and J. Doherty. Sexual Selection in the Squirrel Treefrog,Hyla squirella: The Role of Multimodal Cue Assessment in Female Choice. Animal Behaviour 74:1753-1763

2007 - Publication - Pawson, L., A Pack, and S Bolanowski. Possible glutaminergic interaction between the capsule and neurite of Pacinian corpuscles. Somatosens Mot Res. 24(1-2):85-95.

2007 - Presentation - A.K. Pack. Exercises that increase students’ confidence with the primary literature as measured through use of quoted text and number of references in a term paper. Annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

2007 - Presentation: G.K. Mahoney, B. Güçlü, L. J. Pawson, A. K. Pack, R.T. Verrillo, R.L. Smith, and S.J. Bolanowski. Three-dimensional reconstruction of the Merkel-cell distribution in the monkey finger. Annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

2007 - Invited Presentation - Faculty member Sharon Wise invited to speak at Starlight 2007: International Conference in Defence of the Quality of the Night Sky and the Right to Observe the Stars, La Palma, Canary Islands

2007 - News Article: AAAS Science Now: Bright Nights Dim Survival Chances - describes research by UC Students Heidi Savage ('06), Kaylyn Bingel ('05), Jessica June ('06), and Faculty Sharon WiseTom McCarthy, and Bryant Buchanan.

2007 - News Article: Voice of America News. Audio and Online. Urban Glow Hides Stars, Disrupts Animal Life. - describes research by UC Students Heidi Savage ('06), Kaylan Bingel ('05), Jessica June('06), and Faculty Sharon WiseTom McCarthy, and Bryant Buchanan.

2007- News Article: Scripps Howard News Service. Scientists discuss possible dangers of nighttime light.  - describes research by UC Students Heidi Savage ('06), Kaylan Bingel ('05), Jessica June ('06), and Faculty Sharon WiseTom McCarthy, and Bryant Buchanan.

2007 - News Article: Could bright nights mean lights-out for species? Scientists discuss dangers of a lack of darkness. Seattle Post Intelligencer Online: - describes research by UC Students Heidi Savage('06), Kaylan Bingel ('05), Jessica June ('06), and Faculty Sharon WiseTom McCarthy, and Bryant Buchanan.

2007 - Invited Presentation - Faculty member Bryant Buchanan invited to provide Introductory Presentation: Ecological and Human Health Concerns:What Can Wildlife Tell Us? and to Moderate the Symposium on Ecological and Human Health Concerns at conference: The Night: Why Dark Hours Are So Important, International Dark Sky Association, Carnegie Institution, Washington, DC

2007 - News Article: Zoogoer: Night, Interrupted - discusses light pollution research by UC studentsHeidi Savage ('06) and Kaylan Bingel ('05) and professors Sharon Wise and Bryant Buchanan

2006. Presentation: L.J. Pawson, A.K. Pack, M.C. Anzalone, B. Güçlü, P.J. Cox, L.T. Prestia, R.L. Smith, R.T. Verrillo, and S.J. Bolanowski. The effect of amiloride on Pacinian corpuscles (PCs). Annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

2006. Presentation: G.K. Mahoney, B Güçlü, L.J. Pawson, Y. Ikuta, A.K. Pack, R.T. Verrillo, R.L. Smith, and S.J. Bolanowski. Morphometric analyses of epidermal ridges and Merkel cells in monkeys. Annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

2006 - News Article: Science News: Light All Night - discusses light pollution research including that by Sharon Wise and Bryant Buchanan

2006 - Invited Presentation - Faculty member Bryant Buchanan presented a seminar entitled:Environmental and evolutionary factors influencing the expression of alternative reproductive tactics in treefrogs to the Biology Department at Hamilton College.

2006 - Publication: Wise, S. E. and B. W. Buchanan. 'The influence of artificial illumination on the nocturnal behavior and physiology of salamanders: studies in the laboratory and field.' Chapter 10 in Rich, C. and T. Longcore (Eds). Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting. Island Press.

2006 - Publication: Buchanan, B. W. 'Observed and potential effects of light pollution on anuran amphibians.' Chapter 9 in Rich, C. and T. Longcore (Eds). Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting. Island Press.

2005 - Presentation: McCarthy TM, Keyes J* & Cade WH. Male calling and phonotactic behaviors in the field cricket, Gryllus texensis. Presented at:
-- Animal Behavior Society Annual Meeting

-- 9th International Conference of the Orthopterists’ Society

2005 - Grant: Heidi Savage ('06) was awarded a $100 grant from the Faculty Resources Committee to complete her research on the effects of artificial night lighting on melatonin concentraion in tadpoles with Sharon Wise and Bryant Buchanan.

2005 Grant - 2005 - News: $750,000 Grant! National Institutes of Health - Dr. Adam Pack (with Verrillo, Ronald) - "Morphological organization of cutaneous mechanoreceptors" (reviewed in Integrated, Functional, and Cognitive Neurosciene, IFCN) grant period: 5/1/05-4/30/08

2004: discussion of research by Sharon Wise and Bryant Buchanan in paper: Longcore and Rich, Frontiers in Ecology and Environment.

2004 - News: NASA Science Infrastructure Grant - a portion of the $1.78 million grant was awarded to the Biology Department to purchase new research equipment.

2004 - News Article: Newsday.com - "When Light isn't Fantastic" - includes light pollution research at UC by Sharon Wise and Bryant Buchanan.

2004 - News Article: Conservation in Practice - "Degraded Darkness" text available at: 'Degraded Darkness' - includes light pollution research at UC by Sharon Wise and Bryant Buchanan.

2004 - Publication: McCarthy TM. Effects of pair-type and isolation time on mating interactions of a freshwater snail, Physa gyrina (Say, 1821). American Malacological Bulletin, 19: 47-55. 

2004 -Publication: Rohr JR, Elskus AA, Shepherd BS, Crowley PH, McCarthy TM, Niedzwiecki JH, Sager T, Sih A & Palmer BD. Multiple stressors and salamanders: effects of an herbicide, food limitation, and hydroperiod. Ecological Applications, 14: 1028-1040. 

2004 - Publication: Wise, S. E. , F. D. Verret*, and R. G. Jaeger. Tail autotomy in territorial salamanders influences scent marking by residents and behavioral responses of intruders to resident chemical cues. Copeia 2004:165-172. 

2004 - Presentation: Owens, T. M*. and B. W. Buchanan. Poster. Ultraviolet Visual Capabilities of the Red-backed Salamander, Plethodon cinereus. Northeast Natural History Conference VIII.

2004 - Presentation: Kenny, T, L.*, S. E. Wise, and B. W. Buchanan. Poster. Sound Production and Social Interactions in the Red-Backed Salamander. Northeast Natural History Conference VIII.

2004 - Presentation: Jackson, E.*, B. Buchanan, and S. Wise. Poster. An Evaluation of Illumination Levels Available to Leaf Litter Organisms that Reside in or Below the Leaf Litter. Northeast Natural History Conference VIII.

2004 - Presentation: Buchanan, B. W. and S. W. Wise. Artificial night lighting alters emergence time in nocturnally active terrestrial salamanders. Northeast Natural History Conference VIII.

2003 - Presentation: Ecology of the Night Symposium, Muskoka, Canada - Sharon Wise and Bryant Buchanan present their research.

2003 - Presentation: Sharon Wise Pine Barrens Research Forum - Brookhaven National Laboratory, NY.

2003 - Presentation: Bryant Buchanan Pine Barrens Research Forum - Brookhaven National Laboratory, NY.

2003 - News Article: Light Pollution Taking Toll on Wildlife - National Geographic article discusses research by Sharon Wise and Bryant Buchanan

2003 - Publication: Schwartz, J. J., B. W. Buchanan, and H. C. Gerhardt. 2003. Acoustic interactions among male gray treefrogs in a chorus setting. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 53:9-19.

2002 - News Article: Science News - "Deprived of Darkness" - includes light pollution research at UC by Sharon Wise and Bryant Buchanan

2002 - News Article: California Wild - Turn off the Lights! - News article from California Academy of Sciences concerning research by Sharon Wise and Bryant Buchanan

2002 - News: S. Wise and S. Walls organize the "Jaeger Symposium": Herpetologists’ League, Kansas City.

2002 - News Article: Toronto Globe and Mail - Blinded by the light - concerning research by Bryant Buchanan.

2002 - Presentation: Buchanan, B. W. The visual ecology of the red-backed salamander, Plethodon cinereus. Jaeger Symposium: Herpetologists’ League, Kansas City.

2002. Presentation: Wise, S. and B. Buchanan. The effects of artificial illumination on the ecology and behavior of salamanders.  Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting  Urban Wildlands Group - UCLA Institute for the Environment Conference, Los Angeles. 

2002 - Presentation: Buchanan, B. W. Observed and Potential effects of artificial light on the behavior, ecology, and evolution of nocturnal frogs.  Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting - Urban Wildlands Group - UCLA Institute for the Environment Conference, Los Angeles.

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