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Star Paws: A dog walk to benefit the Institute for Autism Research (IAR) raised $4,500. The event took place on the Fredonia State campus on Sunday, April 22.

Marcus Thomeer, PhD, IAR co-director, was interviewed on KIX Country radio 96.5 about the event. WGRZ-TV Channel 2 also ran a story.

Read more about Star Paws here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News, news from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, included an article on Molly Burhans ᾿14 and her work with the Goodlands Project.

Burhans founded Goodlands to increase the Catholic Church’s understanding and ecological planning of its landholdings, in order to demonstrate how these lands can be a means for positive global environmental and social change.

GoodLands uses cutting-edge GIS software to map the global Catholic Church.

Read more here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Commencement 2018 Student Speakers Named

The following students will deliver the commencement addresses for the graduate and undergraduate classes of 2018:

  Neil T.M. Savoy ᾿15, MS ᾿18, from the higher education and student affairs administration program, will address the graduate class on Wednesday, May 16;
  Clayton M. Shanahan, a biology major, will address the class at the College of Arts & Sciences Ceremony;
  Anne-Marie K. DeRusso, an early childhood and childhood education major: and
  Connor J. Rosenecker, an economics and finance, management and psychology triple major, will represent their respective schools at the School of Education and Richard J. Wehle School of Business ceremony.


Please join the Office of Events Services in congratulating our student speakers for receiving this great honor.

Submitted by: Connie Pileri, assistant dean of students/director, Office of Event Services

Physics Hosts Spring Seminars

The Department of Physics hosts its Spring Seminars for students today, Wednesday, May 2 at 2:30 p.m. in Science Hall room 1013.

The Advanced Lab course (PHY351) in the physics and 3+2 engineering majors requires students to chose a scientific article and reproduce the experiment.  The students selected a unique array of topics including an electromagnetic projectile launcher, a cellphone spectrometer, a high-resolution spectrometer and a Watt balance to calibrate the kilogram.

The findings of science are wasted if they are not shared with the public.  Thus, the students are required to share their results with the campus community.  Each group will give a 20-minute, conference-style talk.  The schedule is:

  • 2:30 p.m. – Electromagnetic Projectile Launcher (Jeremy Anderthalt ᾿19, Tia Saunders ᾿18 and Sara Wesley ᾿19)
  • 2:50 p.m. – LEGO and Cellphone Based Spectrometer (Giuseppe Campanella ᾿18)
  • 3:10 p.m. – Coffee break with light refreshments
  • 3:20 p.m. – Integrating a High-Res Monochromomator into Canisius College’s Physical Chemistry Lab (Benjamin Russ ᾿19)
  • 3:40 p.m. – LEGO Watt Balance for an Inexpensive Definition of the Kilogram (Patrick Crowley ᾿19 and Shane Moran ᾿19)

Don’t miss this must-see event.

Submitted by: Michael H. Wood, PhD, chair, Physics

Annual Conservation Biology Poster Session

What better way to start off GriffFest than by learning about what you can do to help conservation. Please join the students of BIO322: Conservation Biology on Thursday, May 3 from  11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. in the Science Hall Atrium for their annual poster session. Learn about environmental issues facing everyone here in Western New York and what YOU can do to make a difference. There will be some interesting snacks (made with vegan honey) and opportunities to learn. So please join our students then head over for GriffFest.

Submitted by: Sue Margulis, associate professor, PhD, Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation and Biology