Campus Candid

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry held its second annual Summer Research Symposium on Wednesday, July 27 in Horan O’Donnell. More than 80 students, alumni, family members, faculty and administrators attended.

Each summer, Canisius students work with the faculty on a variety of projects spanning the chemical disciplines. This year, 17 Canisius students presented posters describing results from their research carried out under the guidance of the chemistry and biochemistry faculty. Details about specific departmental research projects can be found here.

After the symposium, all in attendance continued their conversations during a picnic on the Koessler Plaza.

Submitted by: Jeremy Steinbacher, PhD, assistant professor, and Phil Sheridan, PhD, associate professor, chemistry and biochemistry

Steve Tasker Self-Leadership Experience

Former Buffalo Bills special teams standout Steve Tasker visited campus last week for the second annual Steve Tasker Self-Leadership Experience. The three-day camp for high school students covered topics ranging from public speaking, effective networking to ethical decision making, goal setting, the importance of reputation on social media and how to be a team player.

Tasker began each morning with a welcome and leadership message, as well as an overview of the day’s topics. At the conclusion of the camp, Tasker presented each student with a certificate.

Listen to Tasker discuss the camp and skills on WBFO here.

Submitted by: College Communications

The Global and the Local

the-global-and-the-local-astiz-akibaProfessor of Teacher Education M. Fernanda Astiz, PhD, authored a new book that examines globalization related to the imperatives of education policy and implementation.  The Global and the Local: Diverse Perspectives in Comparative Education looks at how the understanding of the global and the local has changed in response to the ongoing reconfiguration between the state and society.  The book also “underscores the richness of contextual factors that may create opportunities for innovation – or may serve as constraints – in the implementation process,” explains Astiz.

Published by Sense Publishers, The Global and the Local is co-authored by Motoko Akiba, PhD, from Florida State University.

Submitted by: College Communications

Kinesiology Students Make A Difference

argyle-2016-11-2For a week in July, Darian Kinney ’17 and Alex Goewey ’17 participated in the ninth annual Learning Through Sun, Sand and SURF camp for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Port Aransas, Texas. During their week of service, Kinney and Goewey paired with campers to work on their surfing and social skills.

Lauren Cavanaugh, PhD, assistant professor, kinesiology, is a co-founder of this camp. To read more on SURF camps, click here and here.

Submitted by: Lauren Cavanaugh, PhD, assistant professor, kinesiology

Watch the August Episode of “Kaleidoscope”

The Canisius College Video Institute production of the August episode of “Kaleidoscope” premieres on Saturday, August 6, at 5:30 a.m. on WGRZ-TV 2. This 30-minute television program celebrates the religious diversity of our region and is produced in conjunction with the Network of Religious Communities (NRC). “Kaleidoscope” is rebroadcast each Friday at 6:35 p.m. on Time Warner Cable 20 and each Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on Time Warner 6 in Olean.

In the first segment, Stan Bratton, PhD, executive director of the Network of Religious Communities, (NRC) discusses the Hindu Temple and its history with Vijay Chakravarthy, PhD, of the Hindu Cultural Society of Western New York.

In the second segment, Jonathan Lawrence, PhD, associate professor of biblical studies, speaks with Amir Hussain, PhD, professor of theological studies at Loyola Marymount University, about his personal journey, being a Muslim in America, and whether Muslims and Christians worship the same God.

Students in the Canisius College Video Institute produce “Kaleidoscope” under the guidance of Barbara Irwin, PhD, professor of communication studies and co-director of the Video Institute, and Paula DeAngelis-Stein ‘86, MS ’02, a producer with Daybreak Productions, the broadcast arm of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.

Submitted by: Barb Irwin, PhD, professor, communication studies