Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has been selected to receive a 2017 Beckman Scholars Program Award, the purpose of which is to support undergraduate students engaged in scientific research. One of 11 conferred nationally for 2017 by The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, the award provides a total of $130,000 to support the work of five research students from May 2017-August 2020.
On Thursday, February 23, Villanova University’s Office of Disability Services will present the fifth annual Fr. Bill Atkinson, OSA, Humanitarian Award to Celeste and Sydney Corcoran, a mother-daughter duo and survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. read more
Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD, Dean, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will be a panelist at the first of a series of special events hosted by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Kenan Institute to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian revolution. read more
Villanova University has officially opened the Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, a new center that will bring historical scholarship and perspective to bear on contemporary global affairs and that will serve as a leading voice for greater historical consciousness among citizens, elected officials and industry leaders. read more
The Villanova University Ethics Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has named James F. Childress, John Allen Hollingsworth Professor of Ethics in the Department of Religious Studies at University of Virginia, as the recipient of the 2017 Praxis Award in Professional Ethics. Entering its 11th year, the Praxis Award honors and celebrates the contributions of a professional or academic in the field of professional ethics. This year’s award will be presented at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 5, in the Villanova Room of the Connelly Center on the University’s Main Campus. Prior to this event two panels of distinguished guests will speak to emerging ethical issues in military ethics and bioethics. The panels begin at 1:30 p.m., also in the Villanova Room, and are open to the public. read more
In keeping with its Augustinian tradition—which emphasizes service to, and care for, one’s community—Villanova University integrates sustainability and respect for the earth into its curricula, scholarly research, academic and community events, and institutional policy and practice. In February and March, Villanova will host workshops on “The Common Good, Our Common Home” to explore the personal and global significance of the Pope's environmental encyclical and the 2015–2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. read more
As a doctoral candidate at Ohio State University, Villanova University Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering Jacob Elmer, PhD, began researching the potential of earthworm hemoglobin as a blood substitute. In December, his work earned him a three-year $254,000 Academic Research Enhancement Award (R15) from the National Institutes of Health. “Evaluation of Invertebrate Hemoglobins as Effective, Safe, and Ultra-Stable Blood Substitutes” establishes a valuable collaboration with researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and provides support for 12 undergraduate students to gain research experience in the field of drug discovery and development. read more
Edward M. Sion, PhD, Professor of Astrophysics and Planetary Science, attended the General Assembly of the Lebanese Academy of Sciences in Beirut, Lebanon last week. Founded in 2007 by the Lebanese government as a non-profit organization, the Academy, modeled after the French Academy of Sciences, is Lebanon’s first national science institution of its type. Sion was invited to be a founding member of the Academy and is a member of its Executive Committee. read more
February is Black History Month, with this year’s theme being “The Crisis In Black Education.” Villanova University faculty are available to discuss education policy and how it affects African-American students, Africana studies, black history in the United States, and African-American contributions to literature, science and culture in the U.S.