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Brown Bag Seminar Series Continues

The Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies (ICMS) continues its Brown Bag Seminar Series with a new set of lunchtime talks. These talks will begin on Wednesday, January 30 when Kristina Laun, former adjunct professor of the Fine Arts Department, will deliver a lecture entitled “The Buffalo Bronzes: Chinese Tomb Vessels at the Buffalo Museum of Science” from 11:50 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. in Student Center 207.

Be sure to bring a lunch and engage in this interesting, informal conversation. For more information on this talk and the upcoming spring 2019 lineup, visit the ICMS website.

Submitted by: Kristina Laun, staff, ICMS

Faculty Photo Sessions

Photo shoots will be taking place for all faculty members who would like a head shot or are in need of a new head shot. Head shots are strongly encouraged, as they are used under the faculty sections on the Canisius website. There will be three photo sessions in various locations across campus for those who are available.

Photo Sessions:

Monday, January 28 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Old Main vestibule

Tuesday, January 29 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Science Hall Atrium

Thursday, January 31 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Lyons Hall 1st floor (by the main staircase)

To sign up for a day and time, click here.

More than one person can sign up for a time slot, as each head shot will not take more than a few minutes of your time!

Let’s ring in the new year with a fresh photo!

For questions regarding the sessions, contact Brianna Blank, multimedia producer for marketing and brand engagement, at

Submitted by: Brianna Blank, multimedia producer, Marketing and Brand Engagement

Study Participants Needed for Research on Aging and Autism

The Institute for Autism Research and Department of Psychology recently received a $379,731 federal grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging to examine the relationship between aging and aspects of ASD in older adults.

We are asking for your help in this new program of research. Please reach out to older friends and family members who might be willing to participate in this study. You can also participate yourself.

The focus of this grant is on individuals age 65 and older. However, participants are not required to be 65 and older and they do not need a diagnosis of ASD to participate in this study. An important component of this research project is the assessment of adults of all ages with varying degrees of ASD characteristics from none – high.

To participate, simply go to:

Study participants will complete approximately 30 minutes of online surveys and a small number of participants will be asked to do a battery of in-person assessments. Participants will be characterized on multiple domains of aging including physical health, cognitive performance, characteristics of ASD and psychological well-being.

Please be aware that you are under no obligation to participate. Your participation in this research will in no way impact your relationship with Canisius or the services you could receive in the future from the IAR or community-based ASD service programs.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Lodi-Smith, associate professor of psychology, at or (716) 888-2513.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, associate professor, Psychology/IAR



Library Services

The library welcomes everyone back to campus and hopes you had a wonderful break!

As you may be aware, information literacy is a key institutional learning goal for students and it is comprised of a complex, higher order critical thinking skill set that develops over time and practice. To that end, the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library offers a range of services designed to help students develop their information literacy skills. The library encourages faculty and staff to offer these services to students to assure that they are prepared to successfully complete assignments that require information literacy skills – narrowing topics, finding and evaluating sources, using sources with integrity, etc.

Library instruction sessions: These sessions are typically scheduled during regular class time and they can be held in the Library Learning Center or in the classroom where the class typically meets. The sessions are conducted by a member of our instruction team, and the content is tailored to the needs of the particular class or assignment. To schedule a session, click on the link and fill in the requested information.

Embedded librarian: Faculty can request to have a librarian dedicated to a particular course. The librarian can attend specific class meetings, have access to assignments and be available for one-on-one consults with students. Contact Pat Coward, assessment coordinator for the Library, for further information or to arrange for an embedded librarian.

Book-A-Librarian: Students can request an appointment to meet with a reference librarian for one-on-one or small group consultations. Appointment times can be for 15 minutes to an hour, and follow up sessions are always available. Students can make a request by clicking on the link, emailing or in person at the service desk.

Drop-In: A reference librarian is on duty at the service desk every day until midnight. Students are encouraged to bring their questions about research, sources, citations, etc.

Virtual reference 24/7: Library patrons can access a virtual reference librarian anytime and any day of the week. Access the virtual reference form here. Please note that this service is part of a consortium, and it will be likely that the reference librarian is from a library other than the Canisius library.

Submitted by: Patricia Coward, PhD, assessment coordinator, Library