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Physics Department to Host Colloquium

On Friday, November 20, David Sheets, PhD, of the Physics Department, will host a colloquium on “Justice and the Forensics of Bitemarks: Evidence from the Computational Sciences of the Dangers of the Misinterpretation of Forensic Bitemark Evidence.” The event will be held at 4:00 p.m. in Science Hall, Room 1028. This talk will discuss the general setting of forensic bitemark analysis, and the computational science research that lead to the conclusion that bitemarks are not in general unique to individuals.

Interdisciplinary scientific work by Dr. Sheets, in collaboration with Mary Bush, PhD, and Peter Bush of the Dental School at UB, has shown that the bitemarks left by humans in violent assault cases are not unique identifiers. Unrelated people can leave bitemarks that cannot be distinguished from one another. Consequently, there is a substantial risk of false convictions or of misdirection of police investigation with a subsequent failure to find the true assailant. There is currently a substantial national discussion of the validity of bitemark evidence, based on this work and other trends in forensics.

Submitted by: H. David Sheets, PhD, department of physics

Sacred Spaces Concert Series

Under the direction of Frank Scinta, the Canisius College Chorale will continue its 2015-2016 Sacred Spaces concert series with a program on Monday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Annunciation Church, 7580 Clinton Street in Elma, NY.

The concert will feature works by Hogan, Mendelssohn, Buxtehude, Dawson, Ticheli and others. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Sacred Spaces concert series stems from an idea proposed nine years ago to feature the chorale’s music in some of Western New York’s most beautiful and acoustically resonant environments – namely, the sanctuaries of our area’s churches. As a result, the choir has visited nearly 40 houses of worship with its repertoire of sacred and secular music spanning five centuries.

Now in its 19th season, the Canisius College Chorale remains one of Western New York’s most active collegiate music ensembles. Composed of 100 undergraduate and graduate members, the chorale regularly presents concert programs to school, church and community audiences throughout Western New York and southern Ontario. In recent years, the chorale has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Ars Nova Chamber Musicians, Amherst Symphony Orchestra, Camerata di Sant’Antonio, Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and the Dave Brubeck Quartet.

Submitted by: Frank Scinta, director, chorale

Passwords and Internet Security

Canisius College ITS has some quick tips on creating and protecting the passwords you use on the internet.

  • Create strong passwords. Change them every so often.
  • If you receive an email insisting that you should send your password in reply, do not reply to it. (It’s a scam.)
  • Canisius ITS will not ask you to send your password via email.
  • Canisius ITS will not send you an email with a clickable link to reset your password.
  • Do not share your username and password with anyone.
  • The login screen at MyCanisius ( has a link to a secure tool where you can change your password.

In our wiki, you can find guidelines and tips for creating passwords:

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, academic technology specialist