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Independent Health Wellness Tips

National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is celebrated this year as a week-long event from April 16 to 22. NHDD aims to help people across the United States understand the value of advance health care planning. This initiative encourages people 18 years and older to express their wishes regarding healthcare. Click here to review how to take the next step to securing assistance with a healthcare agent for the future.

Independent Health understands that the healthcare system is complex. One way to make it more simple is to choose a primary care physician (PCP) – someone who can properly coordinate your care and serve as the central source for information and guidance on all matters of your health and well-being. Click here to review frequently asked questions and steps to take.

Submitted by: Brianna Fasanello, human resources assistant, Human Resources

Face 2 Face in the Workplace: Kids Escaping Drugs

The campus community is invited to attend a Face 2 Face in the Workplace presentation on kids escaping drugs on April 19 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Student Center Conference Room. Face 2 Face in the Workplace is a program that establishes a convenient and stigma proof way to educate parents and concerned community members about the trends and consequences of substance use and addiction.

Presenters include an addiction counselor as well as a parent of an adolescent in recovery to deliver this strong message. Additionally, this program provides information about treatment resources available in the WNY community.

Click here to review more information.

Submitted by: Brianna Fasanello, human resources assistant, human resources

Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors Present at Research Symposium

On Saturday, April 8, Tim Gregg, PhD, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, Jeremy Steinbacher, PhD, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, Phil Sheridan, PhD, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and nine chemistry and biochemistry majors attended the 10th annual Western New York American Chemical Society Undergraduate Research Symposium. The event was held at Niagara University. Students presented the following posters on their works:

Ben Swanson ’17, “Further Investigation of Transition Metal Substituted Polyoxotungstates in Non-Polar Solvents using 2D DOSY 31P NMR and Density Functional Theory.” Swanson was awarded the Best Poster Presentation Award for the symposium.

James Rutowski ’17, Anthony Berardi ’19, and Samantha Caico ’19, “Toward Novel Nanomaterials for 19F Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Contrast Agents”

Filippo Gentile ’17, “Substituent Effects in Aldol Reaction Rates”

Ryan Becht ’18, “Developing Experiments for a Materials Chemistry Laboratory Course”

Ben Russ ’18 and Connor Tumiel ’17 “The Pure Rotational Spectrum of KO:  A Possible Circumstellar Molecule”

Submitted by: Phil Sheridan, PhD, professor, chemistry and biochemistry

Digital Humanities Speaker Series

The second event in the College of Arts & Sciences Digital Humanities Speaker Series at Canisius is Thursday, April 27, at 4:00 p.m. in Lyons Hall room 418.

A new wave of enthusiasm about virtual reality (VR) poses interesting artistic challenges and opportunities for the creation of digital art. Immersion, a key component of a VR experience, plays an important role in the perception of art and in the emotional involvement of a viewer. Przemyslaw J. (PJ) Moskal, PhD, associate professor of digital media arts, examines traditions of immersion through the lens of the intertwined worlds of art, science and technology. Additionally, he will present emerging trends in VR and highlight some of recent artwork in this sphere.

Moskal is the director of the Digital Media Arts Program at Canisius College, where he teaches courses in interaction design, game development and animation as part of the game design concentration.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, PhD, instructional designer, COLI