West Virginia University biologist Jennifer Stueckle will kick off the fall 2010 Faculty Dinner Series with a presentation titled “Who’s your daddy? Physiology of a pregnant father.”

The dinner presentation will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 14 in the Mountaineer Room of the Mountainlair from 6-8 p.m.

Stueckle is a teaching assistant professor and program coordinator in WVU’s Department of Biology. Her research includes aquatic toxicology and investigating the effects of chemicals and contaminants on fish and invertebrate species. Most recently she has been studying pipefishes and seahorses, species in which the male carries the developing embryos and gives birth.

The Faculty Dinner Series is a Student Affairs Sophomore/Junior Year Experience initiative. The program – open to WVU sophomores and juniors – brings students and faculty together in a comfortable, intimate environment, where they can enjoy complimentary meals and informal conversation with professors.

“The dinner series is designed to help students have a successful college experience,” said Sheila Powell, special assistant to the vice president of WVU Student Affairs. “Sophomores and juniors learn more about a subject in their particular major or area of interest, hear from outstanding faculty and spend time with other students with similar interests.”

Three dinners are held each fall semester. Participants will receive a gift, as well as dinner and dessert.

The event is open to the first 25 students who reserve a space. WVU sophomores and juniors interested in attending the free event should e-mail Paige Nicholas at pnichol1@mix.wvu.edu or call 304-293-5811.

To learn more about the Sophomore/Junior Year Experience, visit http://sophomorejunioryear.experience.wvu.edu/.



CONTACTS: Sheila Powell, WVU Student Affairs
304-293- 5811, Shyla.Powell@mail.wvu.edu