In December 2016, 15 teams competitively selected from five Pacific Rim countries—Australia, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and the United States—will travel to Oahu, Hawaii for the Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) second RobotX competition. Organized by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), RobotX challenges teams to outfit a Wave Adaptive Modular Vessel (WAM-V) capable of intelligently navigating the seascape. Villanova University, together with Florida Atlantic University (FAU), is one of three American teams chosen to compete for the second time.
In a galaxy not so far away, two stars are eclipsing each other—a rare interstellar event. Known as eclipsing binaries, such stars comprise only two percent of known stars. Andrej Prsa, PhD, associate professor of Astrophysics and Planetary Science, has been awarded two grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study these types of stars. The grants, totaling $470,000, will enable Dr. Prsa and his research group to refine and develop models for studying these unique stars. read more
Villanova University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, today announced the appointment of Mark C. Alexander, JD, as the Arthur J. Kania Dean of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, effective July 1. A recognized leader, scholar and teacher specializing in constitutional law and the intersection of law and politics, Alexander currently serves as Associate Dean for Academics and Professor at Seton Hall University’s School of Law. This key appointment is the result of a national search with participation by faculty, students, administrators and alumni. Alexander replaces John Yukio Gotanda, who in February was named president of Hawai‘i Pacific University in Honolulu, Hawai'i. read more
The Villanova University Alumni Association (VUAA) has announced the selection of Rear Admiral Mark Handley, ’81 College of Engineering, and Charles L. Jenkins, Sr., PhD, ’58 Villanova School of Business, as the 2016 St. Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal recipients. The St. Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the VUAA, is presented annually to alumni for outstanding service and those who best symbolize the spirit and legacy of St. Thomas. Handley and Jenkins will receive their awards at a ceremony on campus during Villanova’s Reunion Weekend on Friday, June 10. read more
The 2016 NCAA national champion Villanova Wildcats were honored on Tuesday afternoon, May 31, in a ceremony at the White House. Team captains Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu presented President Barack Obama with a framed home and away Villanova basketball jersey adorned with No. 44 in honor of his place as the nation’s 44th President. read more
Villanova University has named Anthony S. Fauci, MD, preeminent immunologist, pioneering HIV/AIDS researcher and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as the recipient of its 2016 Mendel Medal. The award recognizes Dr. Fauci’s significant contribution to the body of scientific knowledge in preventing, diagnosing and treating infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, influenza, malaria, tuberculosis, Ebola and the Zika virus. read more
Villanova University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, today announced the appointment of Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD, as The Helen and William O'Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business (VSB), effective August 1. A leader in business education recognized for her commitment to teaching and research, Russell currently serves as Senior Associate Dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at The University of Maryland at College Park (UMD). This key appointment is the result of a rigorous national search led by a committee of faculty, administrators, students and alumni. read more
Villanova University alumnus Daniel Farino ’04 VSB will be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune Friday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. Farino is one of 15 contestants from the Greater Philadelphia area to be featured on Wheel of Fortune’s “Great American Cities: Philadelphia Week,” which runs May 16-20. read more
Beach days, backyard barbeques and blockbuster movies -- all are heralds of summer. Which movie genre will be trending this season? Are big budget action movies back? What titles will deliver the most box office bang for the escalating ticket price? Villanova’s film experts can offer their takes on what to watch for at the cinema this summer.