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Research by Christy Hoffman, PhD, assistant professor of animal behavior, ecology and conservation (ABEC) focuses on dogs’ responses to cat-related sights, sounds and smells to provide clues about which dogs are cat-friendly. The study takes the first steps in identifying ways to evaluate which dogs are likely to get along with cats, without stressing any cats in the process. reported on Hoffman’s research along with other outlets including and

Click here to read Hoffman’s findings.

Submitted by: College Communications

Dutt-Doner to Receive MLK Award Posthumously

Karen M. Dutt-Doner, PhD, will receive a 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Award from the college posthumously.  Dutt-Doner, professor of teacher education, passed away on March 5 after a brief illness.

Martin Luther King Jr. Awards recognize Canisius community members, students and non-students, who demonstrate qualities promoting social justice, racial harmony, civil rights, advocacy for the poor, or change through non-violence.

“The MLK Awards Committee voted unanimously to recognize Karen with this award,” said Gary Everett, chair of the committee.  “She was a shining example of all of the qualities we look for when choosing recipients and strongly believed in the importance of Dr. King’s legacy in our country.”

Sarah Signorino, assistant director of campus ministry and Alie Iwanenko ’17, a senior international relations, Spanish and Latin American studies major, will also receive 2017 MLK Awards. Honorees will be recognized during Spring Honors Convocation.

Submitted by College Communications

College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Awards

For the past 10 years, the College of Arts and Sciences has recognized a select group of faculty for excellence and distinguished accomplishments in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service. These awards are based on a college-wide nomination process whereby names are submitted by faculty, staff and students to the Arts and Sciences Awards Committee for consideration.  The composition of the committee includes faculty peers from the humanities, social sciences and sciences.

I am very pleased to announce the recipients of the 10th annual College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Awards:

Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award – Adam Fix, philosophy

Full-time Faculty Teaching Award – Jennifer Desiderio, PhD, English and Melissa Wanzer, EdD, communication studies

Scholarship Award – Sue Margulis, PhD, animal behavior, ecology and conservation (ABEC) and biology

Service Award – Mark Meyer, PhD, computer science

Join the campus community in congratulating the accomplishments of your colleagues and professors on Monday, April 10 at 3:00 p.m. in Regis North.

A special thanks to all of those who nominated colleagues and professors for these awards as well as to the faculty members on the Arts and Sciences Awards Committee who orchestrated the nomination process.

Submitted by: Elizabeth Gill, PhD, dean, college of arts and sciences

PHETE Majors Enter State-Wide Video Contest

The Get Moving New York contest is an advocacy initiative sponsored by the New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYS AHPERD).  New York State K-12 physical and health educators are asked to demonstrate some of the unique and innovative ways of how they ‘get moving.’

Students from Dr. Lauren Cavanaugh’s Movement and Elementary Activities (PED 311/PEG 511) alongside student-teachers from Dr. Clancy Seymour’s Support Seminar (EDU 498/PEG 594) entered the contest and submitted five video entries.

Please take a moment to view the videos and vote for your favorite by taking the survey.

Submitted by: Clancy Seymour, EdD, assistant professor/director, physical & health education

Community Supported Agriculture Program Returns for 2017

The college is offering the opportunity to participate in the Porter Farms @Work program for the summer of 2017.

Porter Farms runs an organic community supported agriculture program (CSA). Members can purchase shares, which entitle them to a season’s worth of produce from Porter Farms. The farm provides a wide variety of fresh, organic vegetables in a socially and environmentally responsible fashion.

With the @Work program, Porter Farms bring the shares to campus each week which in turn saves members time from having to drive to Elba.

More information on the program and how to join can be found here.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist, human resources