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PA Studies Program Earns Early Accolades recently announced the Top 49 Physician Assistant Degree Programs for 2021.  Out of 177 accredited college and university programs in the nation, the Canisius College Physician Assistant (PA) program was named to the list. Specifically, the program was recognized as having the “Best Simulation Lab.” 

According to, the “Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) accredits physician assistant programs that meet high standards of quality in physician assistant education.” is an online magazine that provides unbiased research to help students make informed decisions about higher education programs.

Click here to read more about the rankings.

Submitted by: College Communications

Suit Up! A Virtual Discounted Shopping Event

JCPenney is partnering with the Griff Center for Student Success to provide professional clothing at discounted prices, between 30-60% off!

During this virtual event, students, faculty, staff and alumni can purchase suits, dresses, sport coats, pants, skirts, blouses, ties and shoes to build a professional wardrobe. This event runs from Thursday, March 4 – Sunday, March 7.

To participate:

  1. Go to view all the items included in the Suit Up promotional sale.
  2. Text GRIFFto 67292 to receive your coupon code prior to check out.
  3. Enter the code and serial number you receive into the coupon field when you are ready to check out. This coupon is good for a one time use.

Submitted by: Sheila Pettigrew, senior assistant director, Griff Center Career Development

Lenten Reflection Series

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“Lean into Lent,” a scriptural reflection series, continues this week on Wednesday, March 3 at 12:30 p.m.

Luanne Firestone, executive director of Family Promise of WNY, will give the first reflection. Pastor George Nicholas, from Lincoln Church, will deliver a second reflection at 7:00 p.m.

Please contact Sarah Signorino, director of Mission & Identity, at with any questions.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity





Canisius Giving Day Video


We are just 2 days away from Canisius Giving Day! We hope you enjoy our official Giving Day video that highlights a few students who have been supported by the entire Canisius community this past year. On Wednesday, March 3, watch the day unfold on the official Giving Day site and on social media.

You can also make a gift in support of the Canisius Fund or an area you love by visiting Faculty and staff who make their gift today will still have time to pick up a #OneCanisius ampersand t-shirt today, March 1 or tomorrow, March 2 between 10:00 – 2:00 p.m. Shirts can be picked up at the Canisius Fund Office – Lyons 206.

Get your shirt and post a selfie with it so we can virtually turn campus blue and gold!

Submitted by: Matt Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund



Successful Prototype of Future Dark Matter Detector

Michael Wood, PhD, and his colleagues recently published an article on the performance of their prototype for a Dark Matter detector.  The Beam Dump eXperiment (BDX) is a proposed measurement to search for Dark Matter with the electron beam at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab or JLab).  The JLab electron beam is accelerated to high energies, making it travel close to the speed of light.  When the electrons scatter off of atoms, certain theories predict that Dark Matter particles could be created.

Dark Matter is matter that does not interact with electromagnetic or nuclear forces, so it does not give off light or shine.  It has been detected by astronomers through its gravitational attraction to galaxies.  Dark Matter accounts for about 85 percent of the mass in the universe.  The BDX will test whether Dark Matter can be produced in the lab.

To be sure Dark Matter is produced, a detector needs to be built that is sensitive to Dark Matter and ignores all other types of particles.  The BDX-MINI is a smaller prototype of the future BDX detector.  The article, “The BDX-MINI detector for Light Dark Matter search at JLab” was recently published by Wood and his BDX collaborators.  It describes the successful operation of the prototype and how the results are guiding the design of the future BDX detector.

The article was published in The European Physical Journal C 81, Article number: 164 (2021).  It is open access so it is free to the public and can be read in its entirety by clicking here.

Submitted by: Michael Wood, PhD, chair, Physics Department