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Face 2 Face in the Workplace: Kids Escaping Drugs

The campus community is invited to attend a Face 2 Face in the Workplace presentation on kids escaping drugs on April 19 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Student Center Conference Room. Face 2 Face in the Workplace is a program that establishes a convenient and stigma proof way to educate parents and concerned community members about the trends and consequences of substance use and addiction.

Presenters include an addiction counselor as well as a parent of an adolescent in recovery to deliver this strong message. Additionally, this program provides information about treatment resources available in the WNY community.

Click here to review more information.

Submitted by: Brianna Fasanello, human resources assistant, human resources

Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors Present at Research Symposium

On Saturday, April 8, Tim Gregg, PhD, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, Jeremy Steinbacher, PhD, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, Phil Sheridan, PhD, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and nine chemistry and biochemistry majors attended the 10th annual Western New York American Chemical Society Undergraduate Research Symposium. The event was held at Niagara University. Students presented the following posters on their works:

Ben Swanson ’17, “Further Investigation of Transition Metal Substituted Polyoxotungstates in Non-Polar Solvents using 2D DOSY 31P NMR and Density Functional Theory.” Swanson was awarded the Best Poster Presentation Award for the symposium.

James Rutowski ’17, Anthony Berardi ’19, and Samantha Caico ’19, “Toward Novel Nanomaterials for 19F Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Contrast Agents”

Filippo Gentile ’17, “Substituent Effects in Aldol Reaction Rates”

Ryan Becht ’18, “Developing Experiments for a Materials Chemistry Laboratory Course”

Ben Russ ’18 and Connor Tumiel ’17 “The Pure Rotational Spectrum of KO:  A Possible Circumstellar Molecule”

Submitted by: Phil Sheridan, PhD, professor, chemistry and biochemistry

Digital Humanities Speaker Series

The second event in the College of Arts & Sciences Digital Humanities Speaker Series at Canisius is Thursday, April 27, at 4:00 p.m. in Lyons Hall room 418.

A new wave of enthusiasm about virtual reality (VR) poses interesting artistic challenges and opportunities for the creation of digital art. Immersion, a key component of a VR experience, plays an important role in the perception of art and in the emotional involvement of a viewer. Przemyslaw J. (PJ) Moskal, PhD, associate professor of digital media arts, examines traditions of immersion through the lens of the intertwined worlds of art, science and technology. Additionally, he will present emerging trends in VR and highlight some of recent artwork in this sphere.

Moskal is the director of the Digital Media Arts Program at Canisius College, where he teaches courses in interaction design, game development and animation as part of the game design concentration.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, PhD, instructional designer, COLI

Canisius in the News

Kevin Hardwick, PhD, associate professor of political science, discusses the political impact that the missiles strikes on Syria could have on the United States and around the world on WBEN 930 AM on Friday, April 7.

“The relationship between Russia and the U.S. is going to change because of what happened and it’s not a bad thing.” Hardwick reinforced, “Not a bad thing politically with everybody thinking Trump is Putin’s puppet.”

Listen to the full interview here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Kudos to Canisius’ GGF Team

Congratulations go out today to the five-person Golden Griffin Fund (GGF) team, which finished in the top two percent, worldwide, at the CFA Institute Research Challenge (America’s Regionals) that took place in Seattle, WA on April 6 – 7. A total of 1,100 universities competed in 100 regions of the world.  The GGF team was comprised of the following students: Jesse Caulkins ’16, MBA ’17 (team captain), Cory Cullen ’17, Meghan Federico ’17, Auston Ingram ’17 and Jeffrey Spencer ’17. 

IMG_0637The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an annual global competition that provides university-sponsored teams with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis.  Specifically, the competition tests the analytic, valuation, report writing and presentation skills of students studying business, finance and economics. Teams are challenged to research a publicly-traded company and write a written report with a buy, sell or hold recommendation.  Teams must then present and defend their analysis to a panel of industry professionals who serve as judges in the competition.

The subject company for this year’s Canisius GGF team was Columbus McKinnon Corp.  The company is a leading worldwide designer, manufacturer and marketer of material handling systems and services, which efficiently and ergonomically move, lift, position or secure material.  Key products include hoists, cranes, and lifting and rigging tools.  Columbus McKinnon is listed on the NASDAQ exchange under the CMCO ticker symbol.

“The Canisius team did an outstanding analysis, report and PowerPoint presentation on Columbus McKinnon Corp.,” says Richard A. Wall, PhD, professor of finance and the Canisius team advisor.  “They spent four months and hundreds of hours, each, outside of class – with no academic credit attached to it – preparing for this competition.”  Wall continues, “Their preparation included a carefully coordinated presentation script, presented as a team and choreographed to translate months of research into a 10 minute delivery that informs judges about the foundations for their recommendation.”

Established in 2003, the GGF is one of the region’s first real-money, equity investment funds managed by undergraduate and graduate finance majors.  GGF students select potential companies in which to invest, manage and analyze portfolio holdings, and evaluate and recommend companies to add to the portfolio.  In February, this same GGF team took home first place in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge of Western New York, held at Canisius College.  This was the seventh consecutive win for Canisius at the WNY challenge.  The team secured its WNY win over the University of Rochester (second place) and SUNY Geneseo (third place), as well as Cornell University, Syracuse University, SUNY Buffalo and SUNY Oswego.  In 2015, a five-person team from the Golden Griffin Fund placed first over more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 865 universities in 70 countries to take home the CFA global championship.

The Chartered Financial Analyst Institute is a global association for investment professionals. It administers the CFA and Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM) curriculum and exam programs worldwide; publishes research; conducts professional development programs; and sets voluntary, ethics-based professional and performance-reporting standards for the investment industry. The institute has approximately 142,000 members in 159 countries, and membership societies in 73 countries around the world.

Submitted by: College Communications