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New Year, New Semester, New Canisius Portal

Come and learn how the new myCanisius portal can make life easier during a workshop on Friday (February 10) at 10 a.m. in the ITS Conference Room (Room 106).

Learn how to use the tools, how to find help when needed or how to keep up with what’s going on at Canisius.  The workshop will address questions about myCanisius and perhaps show participants new ideas to save time.

Seating is limited to eight participants.  Click here to reserve a seat.

Submitted by:  Joseph F. Rizzo, academic technology specialist, ITS

Griffs Hockey Hosts RIT With Free Frosty’s from Wendy’s

Chris Barrea

The Golden Griffin ice hockey team, fresh off a huge home win over Robert Morris this past Saturday, puts on the home sweaters again Thursday (February 9) for an Atlantic Hockey battle against rival RIT. Game time at the Buffalo State Ice Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m.  Wendy’s will provide free Frosty’s to the first 200 fans.

The contest is the first of two this weekend against the Tigers and their large legion of fans.  Canisius travels to Rochester for a return game Saturday night. The Griffs and Tigers are separated by six points in the Atlantic Hockey standings with six games remaining in the regular season.

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Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director – external affairs, athletics

The Big Picture Of The Universe: An Introduction To Cosmology

The next Physics Cafe will take place Monday (February 13) at 3 p.m. in Horan-O’Donnell, Room 103 with a talk by Robert Poltis, a graduate of the Canisius College Physics Department.  Poltis is presently working on his doctorate at the University at Buffalo, and his talk will be an introduction to the field of cosmology.

Cosmology is the study of the nature, history, and evolution of the universe.  Thanks to recent technological advancements, our generation is the first to see cosmology move from a speculative pursuit to a data-driven science.  Modern cosmology is a marriage of particle physics, general relativity, and astrophysics.  Despite the enormous success over the last 20 years of cosmological exploration, there still remain some bothersome problems that the standard model of cosmology does not address.  Poltis will review the basic picture of cosmology, and present a creative new idea to explain some of these peculiar observations and measurements including dark energy, the fine tuning of the Higgs mass, and the information loss paradox of black holes.

Submitted by:  Michael Wood, PhD, assistant professor, physics