Dear Friends of the College,
Welcome to the September 2011 e-newsletter for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Inside A&S.
With classes fully underway, I continue to learn more and more about the University and the College through my many interactions with you. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences truly is a vibrant community of learners and teacher-scholars, and the mission of the College is realized through your enduring commitment to the University ideal that "emphasizes the liberal arts and sciences as our foundation and fosters in our students active engagement, critical thinking, life-long learning, and moral reflection" (From the University's Mission).
To achieve that end, the College has rolled out its new core curriculum, which emphasizes academic excellence, enhanced student choice, smaller class sizes, and an ongoing commitment to foundational learning, scientific and quantitative literacy, language immersion, the fine arts, critical writing, and diversity. I'd like to thank the Core Curriculum Committee, the College's six standing core curriculum sub-committees, and the Office for Undergraduate Students for realizing the vision of the College's core through thoughtful and careful planning, execution, and advisor education.
In addition, the College continues to sponsor a number of events, activities, and initiatives designed to heighten our students' academic, cultural, and intellectual experiences out of the classroom.
Joseph M. DeSimone, Ph.D., the Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University, has been named the 2011 Mendel medalist. Dr. DeSimone will deliver the annual Mendel Medal Lecture, "Co-opting Moore's Law: Vaccines and Medicines Made From a Wafer," on Friday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m., in the Villanova Room of Connely Center. All are welcome to attend what promises to be a wonderful event.
You'll read about this event and many others in this issue of Inside A&S.
The College remains proud of the professional accomplishments of its many graduates, and Kelly Doyle (VU 2006, MIT 2008), an environmental services professional/water resources engineer, and a major force in revitalizing the Villanova Environmental Group (VEG) and in giving Villanova students a voice in University environmental decision-making processses, will be awarded the 2011 Young Alum Environmental Leadership Award on Monday, Sept. 26, at 4 p.m., in Room 300 of the St. Augustine Center for the Liberal Arts, in recognition of her fine work. Learn more about Kelly Doyle here.
In other news, the College congratulates Lauren E. Shohet, Ph.D., a professor of English, who has been appointed the first holder of the Luckow Family Endowed Chair in English. The Chair is designed to support a nationally recognized scholar and highly-regarded teacher, enhancing the scholarly reputation of the department, college, and university, as well as advancing the education of Villanova literature students, both undergraduate and graduate. Learn more here.
Also, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences welcomes Dr. Raka Shome, who has been named the inaugural, 2011-2012 Margaret E. and Paul F. Harron Endowed Chair in Communication. Dr. Shome's pioneering, nationally- and internationally-recognized scholarship has marked her as one of the leading voices in critical/cultural studies in the Communication discipline. Learn more here.
And congratulations to Dennis Wykoff, Ph.D., an assistant professor of biology, who has received a $457,000 three-year grant (2011-2014) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) entitled, “Evolution of the phosphate starvation response in yeasts.” Utilizing the model yeast brewer’s yeast and other yeasts, his laboratory, with both graduate and undergraduate students, is determining which genes are required for an efficient genetic response.
I wish all of our readers continued success during this semester.