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Catholic Health Systems Data Analytics Seminar

Dapeng Cao, PhD, manager of healthcare analytics, and Scott Kitchen, vice president of clinical business intelligence from Catholic Health Systems (CHS), will present a seminar for the graduate program in data analytics on Wednesday, October 9 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in Science Hall 1028.

Kitchen will present a talk entitled “Analytics Strategy: Enterprise, Automated, Self-Service (EAS),” which focuses on the operating principles between the CHS analytics strategy.

Cao will present a talk entitled “Applications of Simulation in Healthcare,” which focuses on discrete event simulation and agent-based simulation, and the showcase of applications in healthcare: capacity planning for surgical facility, workflow redesign for emergency rooms and usability testing for electronic health record system.

Both talks are open the campus community.

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Submitted by: H. David Sheets, director, Graduate Program in Data Analytics

Contemporary Writers Series Welcomes Abdi Nor Iftin

The Canisius College Contemporary Writers Series will welcome acclaimed author Abdi Nor Iftin to campus on Thursday, October 24.  Iftin will read from his memoir, Call Me American, at 7:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center located at the corner of Main Street and Eastwood Place.  He will then host a question and answer period followed by a reception and book signing.  The evening is free and open to the public.

Described by Publishers Weekly as “an extraordinary saga,” which “is not just a journey of self-advancement but a quest to break free from ethnic and sectarian hatred,” Call Me American tells the true story of Iftin growing up in war-torn Mogadishu.  He learned English by watching American action movies and his love of American culture – film, hip-hop music and fashion – was so great that he became known in Mogadishu as Abdi American. 

But when the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab rose to power in 2006, it became too dangerous to celebrate Western culture.  Desperate to make a living, Iftin used his language skills to post secret dispatches from Somalia.  He found an audience of worldwide listeners, as his dispatches were featured on the BBC’s World Service and NPR’s “This American Life.”

To learn more about Iftin, his story and his visit to Canisius, click here.

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Submitted by: College Communications

Town Hall Meeting

All Canisius faculty and staff members are invited to attend the next Town Hall Meeting with President John Hurley and the vice presidents on Tuesday, November 5 in the Grupp Fireside Lounge from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

This Town Hall will be a series of roundtable discussions with President Hurley and the vice presidents. This will give vice presidents a chance to talk about some of the key priorities in each respective area and discuss, as a smaller group, any thoughts or questions. We will do these in 15-minute sets to give participants an opportunity to talk with several groups. As we found last time, this led to a number of informative and engaging conversations and we look forward to doing this again.

Refreshments will be served.

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Submitted by: Laura Montaro, executive associate, Office of the President

October “Crossroads” Tackles Topic of Religious Banned Books

Set your alarm early for Sunday, October 6 when the latest edition of “Crossroads” tackles the topic of religious banned books.

Program host Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, interviews Canisius Reference Librarian and Archivist Kathleen M. Delaney about the origins of Banned Books Week, an annual awareness campaign promoted by the American Library Association. She’ll also provide examples of religious banned books, past U.S. court challenges, and the required approval of class texts from the Canisius president up until the 1970s.

“Crossroads” is a monthly radio program produced by the Network of Religious Communities and hosted by Father Lynch, professor emeritus of religious studies and theology. It airs on the first Sunday of each month at 6:00 a.m. on MIX-96 (96.1 FM) and at 6:30 a.m. on JACK-FM (92.9).

If you miss the Sunday, October 6 broadcast, you can catch it starting Monday, October 7 on the Canisius SoundCloud.

Submitted by: College Communications

Watch This Month’s Episode of “Kaleidoscope”

The Canisius College Video Institute production of the October episode of “Kaleidoscope” premieres on Saturday, October 5 at 5:30 a.m. on WGRZ TV 2. This 30-minute television program celebrates the religious diversity of our region and is produced in conjunction with the Network of Religious Communities. “Kaleidoscope” will rebroadcast each Friday at 6:30 p.m. on Spectrum Cable 20 and each Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on Time Warner 6 in Olean, NY.

This month the Baha’i will mark the Bicentenary Celebration of Birth of Bab. In the first segment, host Dr. Stan Bratton interviews Dennis Smith, of the Spiritual Assembly of Baha’i of Amherst, about this important celebration.

In this time of political division, contests are cast in terms of good versus evil. In the second segment, Dr. Stan Bratton speaks with Muarli Osuraman, a representative of Hinduism, about the meaning of good and evil and the Hindu festivals that celebrate the victory of good over evil.

In the third segment, Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein talks with Rabbi Jonathan Freirch about the meaning and commemoration of the Jewish high holy days.

Students in the Canisius College Video Institute produce “Kaleidoscope” under the guidance of Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor of communication studies and co-director of the Video Institute, Jamie O’Neil, associate professor of digital media arts and co-director of the Video Institute, and Paula DeAngelis-Stein ’86, MS ’02.

Submitted by: Christian Conner, graduate assistant, Communication Studies