Nova News is a monthly look at news and events across the University. This edition of Nova News highlights upcoming University-wide initiatives, such as the tenth anniversary celebration of the “One Book Villanova” program and the annual St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service, during which thousands of Villanova students, faculty, staff and alumni will volunteer their time at local service organizations. As the new academic year begins, the University will host a number of special events covering a wide variety of topics, including the 100th anniversary of WWI, and other lectures from distinguished University faculty. In addition, Villanova education faculty experts are available to discuss back to school topics from nutrition education to the Common Core State Standards Initiative, class size and education funding.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Partnership for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (BIC) program has granted Villanova University $800,000 for the research and development of “smart” green infrastructure systems. Under the leadership of Associate Professor Bridget Wadzuk, PhD, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the three-year project— “PFI:BIC Self-Learning Algorithms for Advancement of Smart Stormwater Green Infrastructure Systems”—combines the work of the CEE department, as well as Computing Sciences. read more
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has announced that Barbara Romaine, a faculty member in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been selected as one of 20 recipients of the NEA Literature Translation Fellowship for 2015. read more
The numbers—and the accolades—tell the story: Villanova student-athletes continue to shine in the classroom. They compiled an overall GPA of 3.176 for the spring semester, making it the 22nd straight semester with a GPA greater than 3.0. In addition, the Men's Basketball and the Men's Lacrosse teams were among the BIG EAST's Team Academic Excellence Award winners, with the top GPA's in their respective sports. read more
Over the past decade Villanova University’s One Book Villanova Program has transported readers to destinations near and far – Afghanistan, North Carolina, Rwanda, New York City, Teheran, West Point, Seattle, Nepal, and Chicago. It has brought the Villanova community together to examine prejudices, to confront the horrors of genocide, war, human trafficking, homelessness, and to view the world through the eyes of persons with disabilities. read more
Ani Ural, PhD, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the University’s Computational Biomechanics and Solid Mechanics Laboratory, has been awarded a three-year $324,259 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the effects of osteoporosis treatments on bone quality. read more
Villanova University has been named the 2014 Green Business of the Year by the Main Line Chamber of Commerce for its green achievements and commitment to practicing sustainability within the organization and the outside community. This distinguished accolade was presented to Villanova on June 26 during the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Celebration of Business Leadership. read more
The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $548,273 to Dennis Wykoff, PhD, the Dennis M. Cook Gregor Mendel Chair in Genetics in the Department of Biology in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, to support his research project in the College. The project investigates the extent to which the gain and loss of genes affects how an organism is able to respond to its environment. read more
For most, Labor Day weekend signals the end of summer. But, the original intent of the holiday was to honor the American worker’s contribution to our nation’s prosperity and strength. Villanova faculty experts in a variety of fields are available to discuss the creation of the labor movement as well as the social and economic challenges to and achievements of American workers.