Mario Kart, Nintendo’s iconic go-kart-style racing video game first released 26 years ago, could now help improve children’s ability to focus, thanks to a group of Villanova University engineering students. For their senior project, four engineering students worked with faculty advisor Dr. Mark Jupina to design a system that measures players’ brain waves to assess their level of focus while playing Mario Kart. The more focused the player is, the quicker they will be able to move in the game, while lapses of focus slow the player’s Kart down.
The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) has recognized Dr. Terry Nance, Associate Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer and associate professor of Communication at Villanova University, as the recipient of the Frank W. Hale, Jr. Distinguished Service Award. The NADOHR honored Dr. Nance at its annual conference March 9 in Washington, D.C. read more
The Villanova University Art Gallery proudly presents The Love Which Moves the Sun and Stars: The Art of Brother Mickey McGrath and A Collection of Papal Artifacts, on display April 11-August 10. The exhibit, which coincides with the fifth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis, includes many pieces that were directly inspired by the Pope’s words or deeds. Other pieces convey the spirit of mercy and compassion that has been the hallmark of his papacy. read more
Villanova University History Professor Marc Gallicchio, PhD, has been named as one of three winners of the prestigious Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy for his book, Implacable Foes: War in the Pacific, 1944-1945. The book is co-authored by Waldo Heinrichs, PhD, Professor Emeritus at San Diego State University. read more
Associate Professor Dr. Ruth McDermott-Levy, director of the College's Center for Global and Public Health, has received a Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Health and Environmental Sciences Award for teaching and research. She will be at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) from August to December. read more
Villanova University is listed among the top producers of 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Students, recently announced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Top-producing U.S. colleges and universities are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education. read more
The US Department of Justice’s indictment of 13 Russian nationals was a climactic headline in the ongoing discussion about Russia’s alleged interference in US politics. In an effort to shed new light on this continuing issue, the Russian Area Studies Program in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences brings together a distinguished panel of experts for “Kremlin.com: Russia and Internet Politics” on Tuesday, March 20 from 4 – 5:15 p.m. in East Lounge, Dougherty Hall on Villanova’s campus. The event is free and open to the public. read more
Andrew Ahr ’18 CLAS and Austin Rios ’18 CLAS, Computer Science majors in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, wanted to come up with a senior project that would benefit others. The result is IXAM, a mobile application that allows users to test their vision against the 20/20 benchmark right on their iPhone or Android and find out what kind of prescription they might need. read more