The Golden Griffins ice hockey season came to a close in Fargo, ND, last night when No. 1 Minnesota scored eight unanswered goals to erase a 2-1 deficit and defeat Canisius, 9-2, in the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship regional semifinal contest. Though the loss was tough it doesn’t overshadow the outstanding effort made by the team and Head Coach Trevor Large throughout the entire season: The Ice Griffs finish with a winning percentage of .500 or higher for the fourth time in six season under Coach Large. The Griffs also recorded 20 wins in a season for the third time in the Division I era of the program, and the first time since 2016-17.
The Patrick P. Lee Foundation, headed by its namesake Patrick P. Lee HON ’99, awarded Canisius College $150,000 to provide scholarships to graduate students pursuing degrees in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.
The Lee Foundation is committed to addressing the local mental health workforce shortage and selected Canisius College because of its preeminent reputation of producing well-trained professionals fill the ranks of area local mental health departments of hospitals, human service agencies, and medical clinics in Western New York. Student recipients have to commit to working in one of the eight counties of WNY, upon graduation.
Michael Wood, PhD, professor of physics and chair of the Department of Quantitative Sciences, Alexis Grassl, a junior physics and biochemistry double major, and Aaron Szczepankiewicz, a junior chemistry major, recently visited Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA for an experiment in neutron efficiency.
From March 16-20, Wood and the students collaborated with their Occidental colleagues, Drs. Daniel Snowden-Ifft and Jean-Luc Gaurveu, to test the efficiency of a gas electron multiplier (GEM). The GEM detectors were developed in the late 1990s at CERN, the world’s largest particle collider located near Geneva, Switzerland, as compact particle tracking devices.
The GEM is filled with a mixture of Argon and CO2. When a particle ionizes the gas, the free electrons create an avalanche of more electrons that are picked up by an array of sensing wires. A GEM is very good at detecting electrically-charged particles like electrons and protons.
The Canisius and Occidental team are investigating how well the detector works at identifying neutrons. This trip was part of a project funded by a grant from the Department of Energy to find novel neutron detectors.
Submitted by: Dr. Michael Wood, physics professor and chair, Department of Quantitative Sciences
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