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Canisius in the News

Kevin Hardwick, PhD, professor, political science, is quoted in local media outlets on the presidential election and primary races.

“Trump is the Kardashian-ization of government and politics,” says Hardwick in the April 23 edition of The Buffalo News.

Hardwick explains “fusion” politics, which allows major party candidates to run on minor party lines in the April 24 edition of The Buffalo News.

WBEN 930 am interviews Hardwick about Trump, Kasich and Cruz. Click here to hear the interview.

Submitted by: Public Relations

Spotlight on Faculty Scholarship

fs-costanzoMosquitoes provide a model system for studying complex ecological interactions and vector-borne disease transmission. Scientists have developed models that are used to predict patterns of disease transmission across space and time to better understand the dynamics of arthropod-borne disease.  Several parameters in these models include population growth, population size, adult size, adult longevity and blood-feeding behavior.  These traits of the mosquitoes are not fixed and often fluctuate with a changing environment.

Katie Costanzo, PhD, assistant professor in the Biology Department, is currently researching how interactions of mosquitoes with various factors of their environment may alter these traits.  To date, she has investigated the impacts of competition, predation, parasitism, precipitation and photoperiod on such traits.  These studies provide information on how disease transmission by these vectors may fluctuate spatially and temporally in variable environments.

Currently, Costanzo’s lab is studying the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus.  This species is native to Asia and India but has been successfully introduced to nearly every continent throughout the world, including the United States.  Furthermore, this species is an important vector of several arboviruses including dengue, chikungunya and is a potential vector for the emergent Zika virus.  Costanzo aims to determine how parameters in disease transmission models may vary in this mosquito and what factors cause these variations. Models that estimate the efficiency of a disease transmission by a vector often include estimates of population growth, based on the assumption that a female’s size predicts the number of offspring she produces. To date, there are no studies investigating variations in the relationship of size to the number of offspring in this species.

Alongside the Tyson Research Center at Washington University of St. Louis, Costanzo’s lab currently runs a series of laboratory experiments to determine if there are genetic and environmental factors that lead to variation in the relationship between size and number of offspring in Aedes albopictus.  Costanzo currently works with nine Canisius undergraduate students on these experiments, which will continue this summer and next fall.

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

Get to Know…

J.FearyAs manager of the Controller’s Office, JoAnn Feary is responsible for several important processes such as accounts payable, visa cards, purchasing and Banner training, just to name a few. She is well versed in all areas of accounts payable and is the “go to” person at the college for questions about charges to budgets and paying bills. JoAnn is always willing to help out with whatever needs to be done and often goes the extra mile to answer questions or resolve issues that arise.

JoAnn is the proud mother of two Canisius alumni. She is a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. JoAnn’s current passions are her two grandsons, Mason (three) and Ben (one-and-a-half), who both reside out of state. Just ask and she is more than happy to show you her many photos or provide an update of their latest antics. JoAnn travels several times throughout the year to visit them.

Did you know…JoAnn loves to host parties – the bigger the better! In her spare time, she enjoys going to the gym, reading, puttering around the house and doing things with her mom.

Pictured: JoAnn, with her grandsons Ben and Mason

Submitted by: Public Relations

New York State Awards $100,000 to Canisius

New York State Assemblyman Robin Schimminger ’69, HON ’07 secured a $100,000 grant for Canisius College in the 2016-17 state budget. The grant will support and advance the Center for Professional Development (CPD) and the Women’s Business Center (WBC).

The CPD offers educational programs and services directed at workforce development, talent management and business planning. The WBC provides women entrepreneurs and small-business owners with the knowledge and skills to succeed through education, connections and community.

“Both the WBC and the CPD are important resources for Western New York residents,” said Assemblyman Schimminger, in announcing the grant.

Schimminger is chair of the Committee on Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry.

Click here to read more.

Submitted by: Public Relations