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Welcome to our New Faculty

If you’ve noticed some new faces across campus, they’re likely one of the university’s six new faculty members.  The group joined the Canisius community at the start of the fall semester and now that they’re acclimated to campus, we thought it an apt time to introduce each of them, individually, in upcoming issues of The Dome.

Today, we say “welcome” to:  Chirantana Mathkari, DVM, PhD / Assistant Professor, ABEC

Dr. Chirantana Mathkari is a veterinarian-turned-anthrozoologist, whose academic interests lie in examining human-animal interactions through the interdisciplinary lens of One Wellbeing. A certified University of Maryland Teaching and Learning Program practitioner, she enjoys utilizing her pedagogical skills to teach fundamental and advanced courses in anthrozoology and animal behavior. Throughout her career, Dr. Mathkari has worked with an array of animals including red footed tortoises, white tigers, Asian elephants, dogs, cats, guinea pigs, Japanese quail, cows, sheep, pigs and humans! Human’s treatment of an animal impacts not only the human’s wellbeing, but also that of the animal and the environment. Dr. Mathkari studies the human, animal and environmental aspects of conventional and non-conventional human-animal interactions. She utilizes behavioral, physiological, psychological, sociological, and pedagogical measures to analyze, evaluate and re-evaluate wellbeing scientifically. An ecofeminist at heart, Dr. Mathkari enjoys penning animal-centric short fiction and cooking healthy food for the homeless.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, AVPAA 

Welcome to our New Faculty

If you’ve noticed some new faces across campus, they’re likely one of the university’s six new faculty members.  The group joined the Canisius community at the start of the fall semester and now that they’re acclimated to campus, we thought it an apt time to introduce each of them, individually, in upcoming issues of The Dome.

Today, we say “welcome” to:  Corey Damon, PhD / Assistant Professor, Chemistry &  Biochemistry

Dr. Damon is a member of the Biochemistry faculty who studies the settlement cues of marine fouling organisms, from biofilm formation to the attachment of macrofoulers such as barnacles. Understanding the structural biology of these fouling species aids in the synthesis of antifouling and fouling-release coatings using organically modified silanes, taking advantage of natural enzymatic processes and metabolism to prevent and/or shed organisms following attachment. Dr. Damon is also an avid distance runner and is interested in the effect of strenuous exercise on hematologic and biochemical parameters. He is also involved with the local Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society (SCACS).

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, AVPAA

Series: Welcome to our New Faculty

If you’ve noticed some new faces across campus, they’re likely one of the university’s six new faculty members.  The group joined the Canisius community at the start of the fall semester and now that they’re acclimated to campus, we thought it an apt time to introduce each of them, individually, in upcoming issues of The Dome.

Today, we say “welcome” to:  Soumik Banerjee, PhD  / Assistant Professor, Mathematics & Statistics

Dr. Soumik Banerjee is a statistician who studies the multistage random sampling and clinical trials. His teaching interests include mathematics, statistics, and data analysis. He is currently an assistant professor in the department of mathematics and statistics. Beyond work, he enjoys several outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking and playing volleyball.

Stay tuned to the next issue of The Dome for another new faculty bio!

Care for our Common Home

We invite all members of our campus community to join in caring for our common home through our Canisius Laudato Si’ initiative.

In the interest of maximizing accessibility to everyone in our campus community, we will rotate the location of Laudato Si’ meetings around campus this semester. We are also trying to meet in visible, public places on campus so that folks can see and hear what we are up to and maybe get involved! Here are the specific dates and locations for our monthly meetings:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2:00 p.m., main floor of the library – preliminary agenda: action plan & migration-friendly actions
  • Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2:00 p.m., first floor lobby area of Health Science – preliminary agenda: how can you implement action plan actions & makerspace
  • Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2:00 p.m., Science Hall café – preliminary agenda: spring 2024 planning & winter sowing

All are welcome! To learn more about our campus Laudato Si’, please visit https://sites.google.com/my.canisius.edu/canisiuslaudatosi/home and make sure to check out Genevieve Fontana’s CEEP project to share out the great things our campus is doing and celebrate the people doing sustainability work via the following resources:

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

Canisius Names New Director of New Buffalo Institute

Shana M. Richardson ’06, MS ’19 joins the Canisius community on June 20, 2023 as director of the New Buffalo Institute (NBI). 

In this role, Richardson will lead programs to actively engage Canisius in the local community. She will oversee aligning the institution’s educational, service and research efforts in furtherance of its Jesuit mission in Buffalo, with a special emphasis on the East Side of Buffalo. Her leadership will guide organizing, focusing, and prioritizing the college’s existing connections and activities in the community while developing new initiatives to support community needs and priorities. She will work closely with public and private partners on initiatives that advance mutually established goals aimed at stimulating the economy of the region, revitalizing neighborhoods, and improving the quality of life for residents in four strategic areas of focus: 

  1. Urban Education Initiatives 
  2. Neighborhood Development and Revitalization
  3. Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
  4. Community-Based Learning and Community Service

Richardson is a proud Buffalo native, born and raised on the city’s East side.  From an early age, Canisius College has been a part of her story.

Shana grew up within walking distance of the KAC, and walked there every summer for 5 consecutive years to participate in the National Youth Sports Program, housed on the Canisius College campus. It was this early exposure to the institution that led Shana to choose Canisius to pursue her undergraduate degree in English. Shana received the Urban Leadership and Learning Community (ULLC) scholarship, known at that time as the McGowan Scholarship, a full 4-year scholarship, to attend Canisius, and her time was greatly enriched by her participation in this community of scholars.

Shana went on to earn her BA in English from Canisius in 2006, and her MA in English from the University at Buffalo in 2008. She returned home to Canisius upon completion of her graduate degree as an adjunct in the English department, while also teaching at Bryant & Stratton College and Medaille College.

In 2013, Shana accepted the position of Coordinator for Academic Support Services for the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) at Canisius College, and proudly served in that role until July 2019. During her time in HEOP, Shana earned an additional graduate degree in the Higher Education Student Affairs Administration program in May 2019. In July 2019, Shana was granted directorship of Medaille College’s HEOP, as the first Director of the inaugural program. She has also served as the Director of Student Support Services for the Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center, which serves historically marginalized adult students.

Throughout her professional career, one thing that continued to stay with her was the ULLC’s call to pour into local youth so that one day its graduates would do the same for their Buffalo community. It was this call that led her to her current role as the Director of the New Buffalo Institute here at Canisius, and that has also kept her closely connected to the institution over the years. In addition to this new role, Shana continues to serve as an adjunct instructor in the HESAA program and is also an active member of the ULLC Alumni Council. She is excited to take over the work of the New Buffalo Institute!

Shana resides in the historic Hamlin park area with her husband, Marques, and their 3 children, Micah, 11, and Zoey and Zaryah, both 7.

Enjoy welcoming Shana Richardson to her new role with our Canisius family!

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, AVPAA & Cece Gotham, Chief of Staff