Above: A male Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) swims in Yellowstone River, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. This duck species was originally described from a population living in Iceland, but is primarily found in northwestern North America.
Photo by Zoology friend, Dennis Collins.
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December 5, 2018
  Volume 2 Issue 8
This is the last newsletter of the fall semester. Be back in January 2019!
 Conservation Tip of the Week 
LED Christmas lights use 90% less electricity than regular Christmas lights. Wait until dark to turn on your Christmas lights and turn them off before you go to bed. Six hours or less of daily use is a good goal to aim for. Do you have trouble remembering to turn your lights on and off? Set a timer and forget about it.
This Friday! Field Zoology Symposium December 7, 2018
Join Dr. Chris Hoagstrom's Field Zoology class for student poster presentations: 
Interactions among trout and invertebrate predators in local creeks
With guest speakers from Utah Division of Wildlife Resources:
Matt Mckell: Management & conservation of Bonneville cutthroat trout
Chance Broderius: Management & conservation of Bonneville-Snake bluehead sucker
Tracy Hall room 433, 1:45 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served.

Please note, this event is NOT being offered as extra credit for attending.
Final Exams 
Well here we are at the end of another semester! I hope you all had positive experiences and gained some valuable insight this semester! Now get ready to rock the finals!! Change your mindset- instead of feeling stressed, think of it as your time to shine! You've put in the hard work and effort, now you get to do your best! Here are some tips that can help you better prepare for final exams:
  • Don't cram! Studying in 20-50 minute increments and giving yourself 5-10 minutes in between is more beneficial than cramming.
  • Say YES to cardio: Science says that just 30 minutes of cardio three times a week can improve your memory. This also helps with stress!
  • Eat superfoods/antioxidants. Think fruits, veggies, nuts, yogurt.
  • Get a good night's sleep! A 2008 study showed pulling an all-nighter impairs reasoning and memory for as long as four days!
You can also take advantage of many resources available on campus to help alleviate stress, such as the Stress Relief CenterCampus Recreation, and information provided by the Counseling Center. The Ott Planetarium will be showing a special Stress Relief Star Show on December 11th &12th, free for WSU students! Go unwind under the stars!
Graduation December 14, 2018
The College of Science Commencement Ceremony is Friday, December 14th, 10:30 a.m. -noon, Shepherd Union Ballroom:
Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors!

13th Annual Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research
If you submitted a proposal to present your research at UCUR on February 22, 2019, please be sure to register beginning December 11, 2018. Registration will ensure your presentation gets scheduled. Registration information will be posted on the UCUR website on December 11th.
Registration closes January 12, 2019
Scholarship: College of Science Ambassador for the Wildcat Seed Fund
This $1,250 scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student in the College of Science. Apply now! Anticipated selection of Ambassador will be at the end of the Fall 2018 semester: Ambassador for Wildcat Seed Fund
New Weber Blog for Science: We.B.Sci
Announcing the Weber Blog for Science (We.B.Sci) from and for the Weber State University College of Science community. The We.B.Sci intends to provide information, stimulate discussion, and highlight science events that are happening in northern Utah. We invite you to be inspired, informed and engage with us as we share our perspectives on what is going on in the vast realm of science. #WeberScience #WeBSci
Bird Watchers Wanted!
It's the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count! The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of community science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the U.S., Canada, and many countries in the Western Hemisphere go out over a 24-hour period on one calendar day to count birds.

The Wasatch Audubon Society chapter is conducting its 39th annual Christmas Bird Count on
December 15, 2018. You do not have to be an expert in bird identification to participate. We welcome and encourage all who are interested to join us. If you are interested or have questions please contact Dennis Collins at
Wishing you all a safe and joyous holiday!

Conservation and Land Management Internship opportunities throughout the western states. Offered through Northwestern University & Chicago Botanic Garden.
Research Experience

University of Iowa REU in Evolutionary Sciences
University of Virginia's REU in Experimental Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of Miami (Oxford, Ohio) REU in Human Dominated Landscapes
University of South Dakota paid REU in Invasive Elements & Cultural and Natural Stressors Affecting the Missouri River
Boise State University REU in Raptor Research
Central Michigan University Biological Station on Beaver Island, MI paid REU: REU Beaver Island
Study Abroad

Explore Madagascar
Oceans Research opportunity for research on marine megafauna in Mossel Bay, Africa: Oceans Research South Africa
Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Environmental Science at Villanova University, PA, Fall 2019: Villanova University MSES
Masters in Conservation and Ecology at William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA, Fall 2019: William and Mary Masters Program
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