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Canisius in the News

ABEC Professor and Chair Malini Suchak, PhD, is quoted in an Associated Press story titled “How Gratitude Became Key to Human Social Bonds.” In it, Suchak speaks to the parallel give-and-take behaviors of humans and within the animal kingdom. Click here to read the story.

Submitted by: University Communications

Mandatory Preventing Harassment & Discrimination Training

Dear Canisius Campus Community:

Every employer in New York State is required to provide employees with sexual harassment prevention training on an annual basis. Canisius University is committed to maintaining a workplace free from sexual harassment and is partnering with Vector Solutions to provide the “Preventing Harassment and Discrimination” course.

If you attended one of the in-person training courses provided over the summer provided by Phillips Lytle, you do not need to complete this training, and will not see a course assigned to you in Vector. If you would like to confirm whether you are in compliance with the training, please contact Mary Braun at

This course prepares our faculty and staff to cultivate and maintain a workplace culture resistant to discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Faculty and staff will be equipped with the information and skills that promote intervention, empathy, and allyship. This course includes a section specific to requirements under Title IX and the Clery Act.

To comply with the New York State deadline, we ask that you complete Preventing Harassment and Discrimination by December 15.

Vector Training Invitation

Those faculty and staff who are currently out of compliance with the Preventing Harassment and Discrimination training has already received an email from Vector, inviting them to take the training. Alternatively, you can access the training on the Canisius portal by selecting Human Resources, then VectorSolutions Training Platform.

The self-paced, interactive course takes most people about an hour to complete. The Vector support team is available here to provide assistance by phone, Email, or chat. If you have any other questions about this required course, please contact the Human Resources Office at 716-888-2240.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, Employment Manager, Human Resources

Laudato Si’ Action Plan

The Canisius’ Laudato Si’ Team announces the Laudato Si’ Action Plan, developed based on the efforts of the Canisius University Laudato Si’ working group and previous efforts at campus sustainability initiatives. The first of two 3-year plans, we will be focusing on two broad themes: nature-friendly initiatives and reducing resource use.

Learn more and get involved! The next Laudato Si’ meeting is Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 2:00 p.m. in HS-063 where we will discuss outreach and oversight for action areas.

Click here to add this meeting to your digital calendar.

Stay tuned to The Dome for information on how to schedule area-specific commitment planning sessions for your office/area/department in the new year!

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, AVPAA & Professor, Psychology

Canisius Cybersecurity Presents Research to USCYBERCOM

Canisius Cybersecurity is a member of the U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) Academic Engagement Network (  USCYBERCOM defends the nation, countering hostile cyber actors alongside our interagency, industry, and international partners. It has three main focus areas: Defending the DoDIN, providing support to combatant commanders for execution of their missions around the world, and strengthening our nation’s ability to withstand and respond to cyber attack.

Today, November 22, Canisius University will present to USCYBERCOM the work of Justin Del Vecchio, PhD, and his student researchers Andrew Perreault and Eliana Furmanek.  Their research focuses on unique applications of large language models (OpenAI’s ChatGPT or Meta’s Llama) to auto generate software code from human natural language instructions.  Large language models offer malware developers opportunities to easily engineer previously unseen malware.  Concurrently,  the models can make life harder on cyber attackers by creating ephemeral executables that are difficult to reverse engineer and are continually changing.  This limits the ability of attackers to identify and exploit vulnerabilities.

Submitted by: Justin Del Vecchio, Assisstant Professor, Computer Science & Cybersecurity

Teacher Residents Visit King Center Charter School

Joellen Thurman, a Canisius University graduate and now assistant principal at King Center Charter School, took Teacher Residents on a school tour to showcase community initiatives, specialized classrooms, and other highlights at the school as part of their Foundations course.

Through the course, the teacher residents are focused on the city of Buffalo and factors that contribute to disparities within the public and charter school systems. The Canisius University Teacher Residency Program (formerly WNY Teacher Residency Program) is committed to strong partnerships with Buffalo area schools like King Center Charter School.

Submitted by: Joyce Fanning, CUTR Co-Director