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Former Chemistry Instructor to be Inducted into Inventors Hall of Fame

It’s not a stretch to say that LYCRA is one of the greatest clothing innovations of the 20th century.  Chances are your closet houses at least a few pieces of the flexible synthetic fiber, generically known as spandex.

But did you know the man behind the clothing innovation was Joseph C. Shivers, PhD?  The late Canisius chemistry instructor developed LYCRA while working at the DuPont plant during the day and teaching at night.

Now, the National Inventors Hall of Fame plans to recognize Shivers’ invention by inducting him, posthumously, on May 3 during a ceremony at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

A native of Moorestown, NJ, Shivers received a BS, an MA and a PhD in organic chemistry from Duke University.  He worked for DuPont from 1946 up until his retirement in 1980 and taught at Canisius from approximately 1948 – 1950.

Click here to learn more about Shivers and how he came to develop LYCRA.




College of Arts and Sciences Colloquium

All faculty and staff are welcome to attend the next College of Arts and Sciences Colloquium to celebrate the work of Jamie O’Neil, associate professor of digital media arts. The colloquium takes place on Thursday, February 15 at 3:30 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge.

Do you hear strange sounds emanating from the laboratories of Science Hall?

It’s Electroskip™, a wearable device that generates music from human movement. Electroskip™ was created through interdisciplinary research between three departments: digital media arts, computer science and physics. It evolved into a patent-pending product used by dancers and DJs in live performances, as well as a technology used by physical therapists in health applications.

In this talk, co-inventor and co-founder of Electroskip™ Jamie O’Neil discusses how art and entrepreneurship converged in the inventing of Electroskip™, as well as the challenges and possibilities for innovation here at Canisius College. Finally, through a broader re-definition of “technical platforms,” the story of Electroskip™ is a prime example for the sharing and distribution of many technical, app-driven or creative research projects in the digital age.

Refreshments will be served! Please join us for this event!

Submitted by: Veronica Serwacki, executive associate to the dean, Arts and Sciences

Reminder: Ideas to Action Box is Open

As a reminder, the Human Resources Department introduced a new initiative that provides all employees with an additional opportunity to express their opinions: the Ideas to Action Box. The goal of this program is encourages employees to contribute feedback and process improvement recommendations in a confidential manner. Employees also have the option to identify themselves.

The following options are available:

  • One physical box next to the Human Resources notice board in Old Main 100
  • One virtual box available here.

All ideas submitted through the Ideas to Action Box are reviewed by the senior leadership team. Any employee who submits a process improvement idea that is implemented will be recognized in The Dome and receive a prize.

Please contact the Human Resources Department at Ext. 2240 with any questions.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, human resources assistant, Human Resources

Last Call for Berlin!

This is the last boarding call for our EF (Education First) College Study Tour trip to Berlin in May 2018! The deadline to sign up is Saturday, February 17. Late sign-ups will be accepted but pay a late fee.

Please join us for five days exploring the city’s history, art, music, zoo and everything else it has to offer.

Check out the enrollment page here.

It contains the itinerary, details and extra excursion options. You can hit the “enroll now” button or call EF College Study Tours at 877-485-4184 with our tour number, 1956218HV, to enroll, learn about payment options and ask questions.

As always, adventure is out there!

Feel free to contact Yvonne Widenor, visiting assistant professor, art history, at with your questions.

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor, Art History Program


MAAC Swim Championship Comes to Buffalo

Catch the action at the Flickinger Center

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships return to Buffalo this week for the eighth consecutive year. All of the action takes place at the Flickinger Center in downtown Buffalo with preliminary events starting on Thursday, February 15 and continuing Friday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17 at 10 a.m. Finals begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21 through Saturday, February 24. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance here.

Individuals to watch for the Griffs this weekend include swimmers Becca Anthone ᾿18 and Kelsey Childress ᾿21 on the women’s side and Luke Kennedy ᾿21 and Kyle Griffin ᾿20 for the men. On the boards, Travis Wright ᾿18 is the two-time defending champion on both the one and three meters while Vivian Mroz ᾿19 is a strong contender for the women.

For up to date results, check either the MAAC web site or

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Events

COLI Faculty Meetup

Discuss reading, writing and plagiarism

This spring, the Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) is hosting two faculty meetups focused on the pedagogy of reading, writing and academic integrity. Meetups will be held on Friday, February 16 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 22 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in the library classroom.

Now more than ever college, faculty are under pressure to cultivate critical reading and writing skills in students.  But in our students’ worlds, courses, lessons and assignments compete with a wide variety of other priorities and media. We often struggle to persuade students that these intellectual virtues are worth their time.  Our most heartbreaking and frustrating experiences come when we discover that our students committed academic dishonesty; rather than make a sincere attempt to create original work.


All faculty are welcome. COLI supplies the refreshments

Together, we can do much more!

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, instructional designer, COLI