Two Villanova University astronomers are part of an international team that has been studying the potential habitability of Proxima b, a newly discovered “Earth-size” planet orbiting in the liquid water habitable zone of the red dwarf star—Proxima Centauri. The initial findings of professors Edward F. Guinan, PhD, and Scott G. Engle, PhD, and their European colleagues’ study shows that although the present data indicate a wide range of possibilities, the planet could have water and possibly oceans that could make it habitable and suitable for life.
How do contaminants from municipal wastewater treatment plants and runoff containing pesticides in the New Jersey Pinelands affect the development of fish and frogs? How will future development affect communities up and down the Delaware River, and what’s the best way to protect the environment there? How do you convince farmers to adopt new, eco-friendly ways of managing their land so fertilizers and animal waste don’t pollute the nearest stream? read more
The Villanova School of Business (VSB), The Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business, and audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP have created a new learning approach for graduate business students by launching a master’s program that emphasizes analytics in accounting. read more
Aqua America, Inc. (Aqua) today announced a partnership with Villanova University’s College of Engineering to provide mentorship opportunities, hands-on water quality expertise and foundation support for the college’s international service work. As part of this partnership, Aqua leadership and engineers will travel with Villanova faculty and students to various projects internationally to provide engineering and water infrastructure expertise. read more
Villanova University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, today announced the appointment of J. Leon Washington as Dean of Enrollment Management, effective September 1. An accomplished administrator with more than 35 years of experience in all aspects of enrollment management, Washington currently serves as the Vice Provost for Admissions and Financial Aid at Lehigh University. read more
Villanova University has received a $10 million commitment from Albert Lepage ’69 CLAS, retired co-chairman of Lepage Bakeries Inc., to establish the Center for History in the Public Interest. This commitment marks the largest-ever gift to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the University’s oldest and largest college. read more
Villanova University has chosen The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Kolbert as its 2016-17 One Book Villanova program selection. The Sixth Extinction sounds a clarion call warning that a massive annihilation of 20-50 percent of all living species on Earth could occur by the end of the 21st century unless man-made climate change is acknowledged and sustainability efforts are stepped up immediately. read more
Daniel Mark, PhD, an assistant professor of political science at Villanova University and member of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), was recently elected vice chairman of USCIRF. Dr. Mark was first appointed to the Commission in May 2014 by then-Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and reappointed in May 2016 by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI). read more
Summer is coming to a close, as Labor Day marks the unofficial end of the season and a last chance for American workers to enjoy a relaxing long weekend with family and friends. Villanova faculty experts are available to discuss the history behind this national holiday, the U.S. workforce, Labor Day shopping and advertising, and tips for staying safe during outdoor fun.