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New Fossil Study by H. David Sheets, PhD, is Published

A new study of nearly 22,000 fossils finds that ancient plankton communities began changing in important ways as much as 400,000 years before massive die-offs ensued during the first of Earth’s five great extinctions.

The research, published in the Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, focused on large zooplankton called graptolites. It suggests that the effects of environmental degradation can be subtle until they reach a tipping point, at which dramatic declines in population begin.

“In looking at these organisms, what we saw was a disruption of community structures — the way in which the plankton were organized in the water column. Communities came to be less complex and dominated by fewer species well before the massive extinction itself,” says H. David Sheets, PhD, professor of physics at Canisius and co-author of the study.

This turmoil, occurring in a time of ancient climate change, could hold lessons for the modern world.

Click here to learn more.

Submitted by: College Communications

Bills Over Breakfast


Join the Office of Alumni Engagement on August 15 to check out the Buffalo Bills Training Camp at St. John Fisher College from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.! The cost to attend is $30 which includes a breakfast buffet. The breakfast will be held in the Keating Terrace Tent St. John Fisher College 3690 East Avenue Rochester, New York 14618.

If you are interested in attending, please contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at 716-888-2700.

Submitted by: Courtney Sullivan, alumni event coordinator, Office of Alumni Engagement

WBC Presents Social Media Learning Lab

social-media-pic-1Join the Women’s Business Center for a workshop entitled Advanced Tactics for Business Growth” on Thursday July 28 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the computer lab located in Science Hall Room 1008.

This hands-on workshop will introduce advanced strategies that can be applied to all social media posting, such as creating campaigns, using tools to manage multiple platforms, and analytics.  Attendees will also learn about new up-and-coming social platforms.

Make sure that you are taking advantage of all that social media has to offer to market your business!

To register or for more information, contact Karen Burke, Women’s Business Center coordinator, at Ext. 8282.

Submitted by: Karen Burke, coordinator, women’s business center

Center for Online Learning and Innovation: Updates and Opportunities for Faculty and Staff

email-sig58All faculty and staff now have Google Drive provided as part of Google Apps for Education. This is a secure, password-protected online (“cloud”) storage space where users can store files to be accessed in a variety of places and on various devices. Google Drive also allows users to share large or numerous files that are impractical as email attachments. An easy-to-use productivity toolset, including Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms, makes collaborating on projects much easier than passing documents back and forth via email.

Your Google Drive space can be found by clicking the link under “My Applications” in the MyCanisius navigation launchpad (lefthand menu, after logging in.)

See this link for details on your Canisius Google Drive space, including possibilities for how you may use it to save time and effort:

Both Turnitin and Qualtrics have received updated interfaces. Turnitin is a toolset for teaching writing, including (but not limited to) a plagiarism checker option. Qualtrics is used for online surveys and web-based forms. In both cases, all tools and features have been retained, but are organized into easier-to-use screens.

For details on Turnitin, see our Turnitin wiki page:

To learn more about Qualtrics, see our online surveys and forms resource:

Quick Tip! Tired of trying to read small print on computer screens, hour after hour? Zoom in!

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, PhD, instructional designer, center for online learning and innovation

Chairman’s Book Club Event Invitation

Canisius community members are invited to attend the Chairman’s Book Club, a public book discussion on Tuesday, August 16 at the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Branch Library, located at 1324 Jefferson Avenue (north of E. Utica). Adjunct Professor of Philosophy Heron Simmonds-Price is one of the featured panelists at the event.

The topic of discussion is Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me. The event is hosted by the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library Board Chairman, Frank Housh. This event is free and open to the public.

The discussion will take place on at noon.


Submitted by: Lisa Fischer, executive associate, academic affairs