Villanova Department of Philosophy chairperson Sally Scholz is leading an American Philosophical Association committee in developing a national tool kit to promote the discipline. At Villanova, Scholz has already began using some of the tools to promote Philosophy. The number of Philosophy majors at the University has nearly doubled since 2015 from 18 to 34. The Chronicle of Higher Education highlighted Dr. Scholz’s efforts in a special feature on Philosophy departments. To read the Chronicle’s article, click the read more link below.
A surprising new class of X-ray pulsating variable stars has been discovered by a team of American and Canadian astronomers led by Villanova University’s Scott Engle and Edward Guinan. Part of the Villanova Secret Lives of Cepheids program, the new X-ray observations, obtained by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and published Thursday, March 23rd in The Astrophysical Journal, reveal that the bright prototype of Classical Cepheids, Cephei, is a periodic pulsed X-ray source. read more
Villanova University students are passionate about bettering the world around them, providing nearly 250,000 hours of service to the community annually, with Habitat for Humanity a key beneficiary. Villanova—and its students and faculty—are being recognized for their efforts by Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County. On Thursday, April 6, Villanova will be honored as Habitat Montco’s Partner of the Year. read more
Sports play a fundamental role in human development, with the desire to engage in play appearing universally through distinct social, political and historical contexts. On March 24, Villanova University will host “The Grace of Playing: A Conversation on Sports and Their Role in Human Flourishing.” The event is being organized by the Institute for Catholic Social Thought, Office for Mission and Ministry at Villanova University. This panel discussion is free and open to the public, and will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Driscoll Hall auditorium on the University’s main campus. Registration is not required. read more
Villanova University will host an academic symposium March 31 focused on the effect 19th century Augustinian Friar Gregor Mendel’s legacy is having on the environmental challenges confronting the world today. The event, titled “Care of Our Common Home: Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si’,” will explore the scientific contributions Mendel, best known as the “Father of Modern Genetics,” also made in the study of meteorology and apiology—and the close ties between his concern for the environment and Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the environment. read more
Eight Villanova engineering students spent most of their winter break at the Trapaing Chress Lower Secondary School in Cambodia. The purpose of the trip was to continue the progress that Villanova has made in establishing Cambodia’s first science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum, which was formally accepted by the government in summer 2016. The country’s National Ministry of Education has now asked Villanova engineers to assist them in creating a STEM training program for teachers. read more
Lego® has announced that they will be honoring five female NASA pioneers with a new “Women of NASA” Lego set. The idea beat out 11 other projects in the “Lego Ideas” competition, and the set will likely be released sometime in 2018. Dr. Amy Fleischer, Professor and Chair of Villanova University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and an advocate for advancing women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, wrote previously for U.S. News & World Report about how a Women of NASA Lego set could inspire future generations of female scientists in the opinion piece, Legos Are Among the Building Blocks of STEM. read more
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently announced the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2016-2017 Fulbright U.S. Students. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Villanova University was listed as a top producer of U.S. Fulbright students, a list which is highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education. read more
March is National Women’s History Month, celebrated annually to ensure that the contributions American women have made to society are recognized and honored throughout the country. This year’s theme, “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Business and Labor” pays tribute to women who have “successfully challenged the role of women both in business and the paid workforce.”
Villanova faculty experts are available to discuss the roles women have played in shaping American history from the Revolutionary War to the present. They can also talk about gender issues in the workplace, women authors, the history of women in science and engineering, and much more.