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Get Your Griffs Gear While the Gettin’s Good

Now’s your chance to add to your collection of Griffs gear.

The athletics team is hosting its second annual spring merchandise sale Wednesday, April 19 and Thursday, April 20, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Koessler Athletic Center. All items will be offered at a steep discount, including New Era caps, T-shirts, hoodies and quarter zips.

For more information, call Ext. 2979.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate director, athletics, external communications


UPSTAT 2017 Statistics Conference Gets Underway Friday

On Friday, April 21, the UPSTAT 2017 Statistics Conference gets underway at the college.

Canisius is hosting the Joint Conference of the Upstate Chapters of the American Statistical Association (UPSTAT-2017), which runs through Saturday, April 22. The conference will bring together faculty and students from several upstate universities to focus on the application of statistics and education.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Data Science, Statistics and The Environment.” The scope of environmental topics is quite broad and includes energy, sustainability, criminal justice and analysis of sports statistics.

The keynote speaker for this year’s conference is Robert Bell, PhD. Bell is a statistician in research and machine intelligence at Google and the winner of a $1,000,000 Netflix Prize in 2009. He will present on both days of the conference. Bell’s Friday presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on statistics and the environment, with representatives from both industry and academia.

The conference will also include tutorials, a data competition and poster sessions, as well as a dinner on Friday, April 21.

Additional details about the conference, including registration fees, can be found at

If you have any questions, contact Mel Crotzer, PhD, adjunct professor of mathematics and statistics at, Adina Oprisan, PhD, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics, at or Leonid Khinkis, PhD, professor of mathematics and statistics, at

Submitted by: M. E. Crotzer, PhD, adjunct professor, Mathematics and Statistics

P.J. Moskal to Present at Next Digital Humanities Speaker Series


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

Przemyslaw J. (PJ) Moskal, PhD, associate professor of digital media arts, will present on emerging trends in virtual reality (VR) and showcase some of his recent artwork in this sphere. As he’ll explain, 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. Moskal will also examine traditions of immersion through the lens of the intertwined worlds of art, science and technology.

Moskal is the director of digital media arts at Canisius and teaches courses in interaction design, game development and animation as part of the game design concentration.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, instructional designer, Center for Online Learning & Innovation

String Theory and the Beginning of the Universe


String theory and the beginning of the universe will be the topic of discussion at the next colloquium hosted by the Physics Department on April 28, 2017. The event is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. in Science Hall, Room 1013-B and is open to the campus community. The guest speaker will be Liam McAllister, PhD, a string theorist at Cornell University.

McAllister will explain how observations of the beginning of the universe are helping researchers discover the quantum-mechanical laws of gravity.  Measurements of the microwave radiation, that is the afterglow of the Big Bang, have given us a clear picture of the beginning of the universe but interpreting this picture requires a quantum-mechanical theory of gravity, such as string theory.  McAllister will describe what can be learned about string theory and about the history of our universe, by looking in the sky for the imprints of quantum fluctuations of the gravitational field.

For more information, contact Dr. Michael Wood,

Submitted by: Michael Wood, PhD, chair, Physics Department

Canisius Innovation Conference


Make plans now to attend the 2017 Canisius Innovation Conference on May 18. This free, one-day event will focus on technology in teaching and learning, online learning, and innovation in K-12 and higher education.

For more details or to register, check out the event site at

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, instructional designer, Center for Online Learning & Innovation