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Canisius College commemorated Veterans Day Friday, November 9 with a wreath placing ceremony held in Old Main. Members of the Canisius community were in attendance and President John Hurley gave a speech in honor of all those who served.

Submitted by: College Communications

Search Committees Formed for Various Leadership Positions

The search committees for the vice president for student affairs, the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and the director of Canisius opportunity programs have been created. Please join me in thanking the following individuals for their willingness to accept this responsibility and to commit their wisdom and time to this important work.

Search Committee for the Vice President for Student Affairs

  • Katie Costanzo, Associate Professor of Biology
  • Marya Grande, Associate Professor of Teacher Education
  • Eileen Herbert, Chief Communications Officer/Director of College Communications
  • Mark Hodin, Professor of English
  • Peg McCarthy, chair, Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Avyana Morehead, President of the Afro-American Society
  • Craig Rogers, Associate Professor of Economics and Finance


Search Committee for the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

  • Richard Bailey, Chair and Associate Professor of History
  • Jennifer Desiderio, co-chair, Associate Professor of English
  • Paolo Fajardo-Hayward, Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Michael Forest, Chair and Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • Jeffrey Lindauer, co-chair, Dean of the School of Education and Human Services
  • Jeffrey McConnell, Chair and Professor of Computer Science
  • Sara Morris, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Biology
  • Sarah Signorino, Director of Mission and Identity


Search Committee for the Director of Canisius Opportunity Programs

  • Caitlin Daley, Housing Coordinator Student Life
  • Jennifer Herrmann, chair, Interim Director of the Griff Center for Academic Engagement
  • Mary Koehneke, Associate Director of the Center for Student Records and Financial Services
  • Monika McFoy, Senior Counselor for the Griff Center for Academic Engagement
  • Erin Robinson, Chair and Professor of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Environmental Studies
  • Timothy Servoss, Associate Professor of Psychology

Submitted by: Margaret C. McCarthy, PhD, vice president, Academic Affairs

Institute for Autism Research Finds Treatment a Success

An innovative comprehensive school treatment (schoolMAX), developed by researchers at the Institute for Autism Research, yielded significant improvements for elementary school children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Specifically, children who received schoolMAX demonstrated greater improvements in social-cognitive skills, social-communication skills and ASD symptoms compared to children who received their typical educational programming. Read the full story here.

Click here to watch the story broadcast by WKBW-TV, Channel 7.

 Submitted by: College Communications

Father Haus Memorial Lecture

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics hosts Meera Sitharam, PhD, computer and information science and engineering professor at the University of Florida, as this year’s Father Haus Memorial Lecture speaker. The lecture takes Wednesday, November 14 at 3:00 p.m. in Science Hall 1028. The lecture is entitled “Geometry and Emergence.”

Tightly enmeshed interplay between geometry and biophysics is commonplace in nature. Yet, when the interplay is cyclic, spanning multiple spatiotemporal scales, the underlying principles are poorly understood, and the intuitive concept of emergence is typically invoked. Emergent properties of the whole are assumed to supervene on basic interactions within the parts, while being irreducible to them, and even downwardly affecting them, yet somehow sidestepping problematic issues such as causal overdetermination. We are developing a mathematical theory of emergence within geometric constraint systems and their configuration spaces. The theory will employ dependence, closure, and recursive decomposability into inherently or contextually low-dimensional structures, impacting long open problems such as combinatorially characterizing generic 3D rigidity. The talk will detail these open problems, move on to the theory of emergence and end with biological applications.

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