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Steven A. Gattuso, director, Golden Griffin Fund, was quoted in U.S. News and World Report. The article, “Why Ralph Lauren Stock is Out of Fashion on Wall Street,” discusses the company’s falling stock. Gattuso is part of a team of investment experts chosen to offer advice regarding profiled stocks for a weekly Investment Stock Series.

To read the article in its entirety, click here.

Submitted by: Public Relations

Spotlight on Faculty Scholarship

FS-Wood-SpotlightMost of the stuff in our universe is invisible.  According to modern cosmology, our universe contains 4.9 percent ordinary matter (the stuff that shines like stars), 26.8 percent dark matter, and 68.3 percent dark energy.  Dark matter is a hypothetical substance that has mass but does not radiate light.  Its gravitational pull on visible matter has been the only indication of its existence.

Michael Wood, PhD, associate professor and chair of Physics at Canisius, and his collaborators are planning an experiment to create dark matter in the laboratory.  The idea is to turn a beam of high-energy electrons into dark matter particles at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (JLab).  This is only possible if another force, besides gravity, exists that allows ordinary matter to interact with dark matter.  As of now, this unknown force is purely theoretical.  This project is spearheaded by Dr. Wood’s JLab collaborators in Genova, Italy.  Three Canisius students, under Dr. Wood’s supervision, worked in Genova as part of the exchange program between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the INFN, the Italian counterpart to the DOE.  These students have written custom software to monitor the particle detectors in the future experiment.

Submitted by: Sara Morris, associate vice president, academic affairs

Get to Know…

Dad and SababuSababu Norris and his staff have developed the ALANA Student Center (ASC) into a place admired by colleges and universities in Western New York and other parts of the country. Under Sababu’s unwavering leadership since 1989, ASC is credited with the creation of the college’s former Racial Incidents Team. Since 1991, the ASC has coordinated the annual MLK Canisius College awards, plus a host of other initiatives, such as the annual Soup with Substance Speaker Series, cross-cultural student workshops, a monthly newsletter and a new summer orientation program for new underrepresented students, Align with ALANA and Friends.

Sababu taught the first acting class at Canisius as an assistant professor. His ability to nurture the creative side of students has allowed the Canisius College Performance Troupe to proudly share their talents with an ever growing number of city of Buffalo high school students since 1998. This helps to motivate high school students to consider Canisius as a school of choice after they experience the Troupe’s timely themes that address African American life through poetry and prose.

Sababu’s own book of poetry, Mama, I Understand, will soon appear on Amazon Kindle. A copy is housed in the Canisius College Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library. A poem from the book, “i don’t mean to embarrass” appeared in the Buffalo Challenger. Canisius Professor Dr. H. James Brix writes: “Sababu’s heartfelt prose and poetry challenge one to reflect on the intense complexities of human experiences.”

Did you know…In 2008, thanks to the support of a Buffalo board member of the NAACP, Sababu received recognition as one of the Uncrowned Community Builders of Buffalo, New York. In 2010, the national Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities—Conference on Diversity and Equity bestowed upon him the Legend Award.

Pictured above: Sababu, left, enjoys Hertel Avenue with John Christiano ’57.

Submitted by: Public Relations

Canisius Presents Nelson Denis

DenisCanisius College will host writer and former New York State Assemblyman Nelson Denis on Tuesday, February 23 at 7 p.m. in Old Main Room 314, the Language Resource Center.   Denis will read from his latest book, War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony. A question and answer session will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Denis, a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, is a former New York State Assemblyman (1997-2001). He has written for The New York Times, Orlando Sentinel and Harvard Political Review. Denis’ most recent book tells the story of the violence that swept through Puerto Rico in 1950 as a result of an armed insurrection against the United States after 50 years of colonial rule. It is an unflinching account of the gunfights, prison riots, political intrigue, FBI and CIA covert activity, and mass hysteria that accompanied this tumultuous period in Puerto Rican history.

The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, Sigma Delta Pi (the Spanish Honor Society), the Latin American Studies Program and The William H. Fitzpatrick Institute of Public Affairs and Leadership.

For more information, contact Richard Reitsma, PhD, associate professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies, at Ext. 2408 or

Submitted by: Public Relations

Prayer Service Offered for Pope Francis

Canisius College will join partner institutions across the country with a brief prayer service at 4:45 p.m. in parallel with Pope Francis’s Mass on the US – Mexico border on Wednesday, February 17. The service will be held in the hall between Old Main and Tim Horton’s by the Border Project art installation.

This is the Pope’s first official visit to Mexico. His presence there will highlight the grave injustices facing those who migrate throughout Central and North America.

With Pope Francis, communities will be praying for a more just approach to migration and immigration in Central America, Mexico and the United States.

For more information, please contact Sarah Signorino at Ext. 2424 or

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, associate campus minister, campus ministry