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IAR at Canisius Awarded $880,000 Grant from U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded researchers at the Institute for Autism Research (IAR) at Canisius an $880,431 grant.  The grant will fully fund a three-year study of the long-term beneficial impacts from an innovative school intervention for high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorder (HFASD) developed by the IAR research team.

Children with HFASD comprise nearly half of all children with ASD and, despite relative strengths in cognitive and language skills, exhibit chronic and pervasive social impairments and restricted and repetitive behaviors that severely interfere with daily functioning leading to long-term negative outcomes. These long-term negative outcomes have led researchers to suggest that existing school interventions for these students are ineffective.

Researchers at the IAR have effectively treated the clinical impairments and symptoms of children with HFASD in their comprehensive summer program (summerMAX) for more than a decade. In an effort to more effectively treat these children in school settings, the research team adapted the summer program into a school-based intervention (schoolMAX), which they tested in an earlier, large-scale randomized trial funded by the U. S. Department of Education.

Results from the school study found that students with HFASD who received schoolMAX demonstrated significantly better social understanding and social skills and fewer ASD symptoms following treatment compared to students with HFASD who received their typical-educational programming.  This latest grant from the Department of Education will enable researchers to examine the long-term beneficial impacts of the treatment.

Click here to learn more about the IAR and how it will use its latest grant from the Department of Education.

Submitted by: College Communications

Sport Product Development

Sporting goods retail is big business these days, with sales in the U.S. averaging $60 billion annually – and growing.

To help meet the increasing need for development and management professionals in the sporting goods industry, Canisius College will introduce a new master’s of science degree in sport product development, beginning in fall 2018.  The online program is comprised of 33 credit hours (nine courses), two tracks (product design and retail management) and culminates with a six-credit internship. Upon completion of the program, graduates will have developed an understanding of theoretical foundations and their practical applications; be able to communicate that knowledge and apply it to the management and business of sport product; and recognize and implement those areas of professional obligations that include diversity and global awareness.

Click here to learn more about the program.

Submitted by: College Communications

Sound Investment

Beth Ann Sardina ’07, MBA ’09 and Eric J. Hezel ’06 recently earned the prestigious designation of Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA).

Actuaries are the leading professionals in managing risk.  They are at the heart of business strategy, ensuring sound investments are made and goals are fulfilled.  It generally takes 6-10 years to complete the requirements to become a Fellow, including passing a number of rigorous exams in areas such as probability, financial mathematics, financial economics, life contingencies and actuarial modeling.

Sardina and Hezel are both actuaries at BlueCross BlueShield of WNY.

Click here to read more.

Submitted by: College Communications

COLI Quick Tip!

The new D2L courses are presented as tiles in the My Courses widget, on the My Home screen.  You can change the image associated with your course.  What’s more, you can have that image appear as a course banner on the course’s home page, too.  This tutorial video shows you how:

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, director, Center for Online Learning & Innovation

Employee of Distinction

(L-R) Matt Kochan, librarian, head of public services and John J. Hurley, president.

The Human Resources Department announced Matt Kochan as the Canisius College Employee of Distinction for May 2018! Matt was nominated for the award by several of his coworkers.

At Canisius for eight years, Matt currently works as the librarian, head of public services in the library. Matt was selected for this award based on his outstanding customer service skills when interacting with students, faculty, staff and visitors; his consistent embodiment of Canisius’ vision and ideals; and his willingness to regularly perform tasks above and beyond the call of his job duties.

Please join us in congratulating Matt on this achievement!

To nominate a coworker for future months, click here. As a reminder, this month’s nominations are due by Friday, June 15.

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, associate vice president, Human Resources and Compliance