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Changes in the Canisius Wiki

The Canisius University Wiki, a long-time host for policy and procedural documents, is getting a new look and feel as it moves to the Atlassian Cloud Platform. This is scheduled for Wednesday, February 28th, 2024, and will bring some improvements, but also some temporary disruptions.

  • If you own or maintain wiki pages, please check them on or after February 28th for broken links, missing content, or other possible concerns. Email helpdesk@canisius.edu if you require assistance.
  • In general, the next two weeks would be a good time to look for outdated pages, page content (including links), page permissions and especially file attachments.
  • Since the wiki must use different web addresses, links on web pages and spaces across the university will need updated, and some may be broken until fixed. Please be patient, and report broken links to helpdesk@canisius.edu.
  • To an extent possible, all old wiki pages will redirect to the new wiki’s home page. There, users can navigate to the things they need.
  • Links to wiki pages within old emails, news, and social media posts will expire and will not work. Please watch for new links, or go to the wiki using the MyCanisius Portal. The Wiki can be found on the righthand side of the MyCanisius portal:
  • If you send emails using boilerplate mail text that points to wiki spaces, your boilerplate text will need to be updated.
  • If you own or maintain wiki pages that you know are linked on the main Canisius site, in Google Sites, or in any other location, those links will need to be updated after February 28.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, COLI 

New Default Theme for Qualtrics Surveys

The default theme in Canisius Qualtrics has been updated! The theme applied to all new surveys features a simple white background, with a single-color blue logo stack for the university. With mild gray highlights for question options and our Canisius blue as the primary color, this is optimized for both desktop and mobile browser use.

Additionally, the new Canisius logos are available in the Look and Feel Library for all Canisius users.  As before, users can also create their own custom themes.

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

 

Winter Faculty Writing Retreat

We are pleased to announce that Academic Affairs will sponsor the 2024 Winter Faculty Writing Retreat on campus, Tuesday, February 20.

Faculty scholarship is critical to the academic excellence of Canisius, and time for scholarship has been far too lean in the past four years. With this opportunity, we hope to provide the gift of time and recognize the importance of scholarship at the university.

Breakfast, lunch and childcare will be provided. Participants will be invited to work at Loyola Hall and enjoy a number of spaces for individual work and/or group work. We hope that the retreat gives a chance to further our scholarly and creative projects as well as get to know our colleagues a bit better.

Applications are due by Wednesday, February 14.  Click here to apply.   

Please direct any questions to Yvonne Widenor, assistant vice president of Academic Affairs at widenory@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, Director, Center for Online Learning and Innovation

3D Printing for Science and Cats

Information Technology Services (ITS) and the Center for Online Learning and Innovation (COLI) are proud to support Dr. Malini Suchak’s research on cat life in animal shelters.

Dr. Suchak, associate professor in our Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation (ABEC), and Anthrozoology programs, employs advanced micro-accelerometers to monitor cat behaviors.  Mike Szymendera in ITS carefully modified the microelectronic components so that the accelerometers can be powered by tiny but efficient batteries, as well as provided COLI guidance on case design.  Tyler Kron-Piatek in COLI designed sturdy, lightweight cases in CAD software.  COLI’s printers, Rigby and Mordecai, each printed examples of the cases, which both protect the accelerometer kits as well as attach them securely to cat collars.  The result is custom scientific instruments that measure cat movements–but don’t slow cats down!

Here is a short video highlighting the project:

Pope Francis, in reflecting on St. Francis of Assisi’s ministry, counsels us that centering, caring for, and providing for our fellow creatures may “take us to the heart of what it is to be human.”  With data drawn from her cat-collar instrumentation, Dr. Suchak’s research supports better care for cats as they transition through animal shelters.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, COLI

3D Printing for Academics

In the past week, the Center for Online Learning and Innovation (COLI)’s two 3D printers have been hard at work!  In his PHY104 class, Mike Wood, PhD, chair of the Quantitative Sciences Department, has introduced students to computer-aided design process for 3D printing, and the students have drawn up some creative digital work for our printers (named Rigby and Mordecai).  Each student designs the object and draws it in a web-based application called Tinkercad.  These drawings are then processed in a second application called a slicer, which translates the digital drawing so Rigby or Mordecai can print it.  Finally, the printers create the physical object by adding hot plastic, fed from spools of thin filament, to a build plate.  The object “grows” up from the plate over a period of several hours.

3D Printing, or “additive manufacturing,” is a new process used in a variety of industries, healthcare, and education.  Our little printers have bigger (and more expensive) cousins working at advanced technology firms, such as Moog, Inc., here in Buffalo.  Faculty at various levels in education use 3D printing to produce teaching aids, models, and replica artifacts.

We can’t wait to present students with the physical version of their digital art!  Thank you, Dr. Wood, for introducing students to an important and growing field of engineering and artistic creativity, and for providing COLI an opportunity to print for your students!

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, director, COLI