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The Science of Shale Gas: The Latest Evidence on Leaky Wells, Emissions, and Implications for Policy

Anthony R. Ingraffea, PhD, the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering at Cornell University, will speak at Canisius College on Thursday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Ingraffea, a recognized expert in the field, will cover the basics of how fracturing (fracking) works and why natural gas from these unconventional sources is part of our national energy policy. He will also discuss potential problems with fracking, the controversy surrounding its practices and policies, and how effective regulations might be implemented. Ingraffea will include an explanation of how all these areas relate to global climate change and attempt to build a global framework to control it.

Please click here for more details or contact Jeremy Steinbacher at x2343.

Submitted by: Jeremy Steinbacher, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry

Video Institute Films Selected for Film Festival

Two films produced by the Canisius College Video Institute (VI) will be featured at the 7th Annual Buffalo International Film Festival. The screenings of East Side: A Community of Hope and Where the Crow Will Be Forever are scheduled for Sunday, October 6, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at The Screening Room Cinema Cafe, 4524 Bailey Avenue in Amherst. The student filmmakers will participate in a Q&A session following the films.

East Side: A Community of Hope, produced by Erik Taheri (DMA ’14) and Rich Lunghino (DMA ’13), examines the East Side of Buffalo – a community plagued by violence, poverty, and suffering – and the faith-based initiatives being undertaken in an effort to revitalize this once-thriving community. The inspiration for the film came from Taheri’s own lifelong devotion to helping those less fortunate who live on the East Side of Buffalo, and a summer 2012 immersion trip to the East Side led by Michael Gent, PhD, professor of management, and Devonya Havis, PhD, assistant professor of philosophy.

Where the Crow Will Be Forever explores the history of the Crow tribe, life on the reservation and why the Crow have chosen to stay. Student filmmakers Ashley Fike (COM ’13) and Lauren Mosier (DMA ’13) traveled with Keith Burich, PhD, professor of History, and a Canisius contingent to Montana in summer 2012, during a trip offered through the American Indian Center at Canisius College. The group celebrated at Crow Fair and learned about life on the reservation through first-hand experiences and conversations with members of the Crow tribe.

Both 30-minute documentaries were produced under the direction of Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor of Communication Studies and co-director of the Video Institute.

The award-winning Canisius College Video Institute provides students with opportunities to put their classroom lessons to work on projects that enrich their learning and benefit the greater community. Students produce social documentaries and service-oriented videos – all connected by the theme of social justice – to promote discourse on ethical, social and cultural issues relevant to the world today. The Video Institute is co-directed by Irwin and Jamie O’Neil, associate professor and director of the Digital Media Arts program.

For more information about the film festival or to purchase tickets, visit

Submitted by:  Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor, communication studies

Volleyball Hosting a Pair of MAAC Matches This Weekend

Your Golden Griffin volleyball team concludes a five match homestand this weekend with a pair of games versus conference opponents.

On Saturday afternoon, the Griffs meet Iona at 1 p.m. and on Sunday Manhattan pays a visit to campus, also for a 1 p.m. start.

For additional information, visit

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

Men’s Basketball Tryout

Men’s Basketball Open Tryout will be held on Tuesday, October 8 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
at the Koessler Athletic Center. The team tryout form must be completed with Athletic Training prior to tryout.

Contact Coach Harris for more information at 888-3759.
Submitted by: Chuck Harris, director of basketball operations

Hockey Tips Off season On Sunday Afternoon

No Bills game on Sunday; no problem! Your Canisius ice hockey team can fill that sports void with a 4 p.m. contest versus Brock University. Canisius will begin its final season at the Buffalo State Ice Arena with the exhibition contest.

Earlier this week, Tony Capobianco was recognized as one of the top 10 college goalies to watch this season, while Kyle Gibbons was rewarded with the same recognition at forward.

For season tickets call 888-2885. Additional information is available at

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