Villanova in the Media

Media Highlights from May 2017

Dr. Stephen Strader
Dr. Stephen Strader's research on tornadoes was featured in USA Today.

Villanova’s distinctive academic programs, world-class faculty, cutting-edge research and super-star students place the University in the national media spotlight. Below is a sampling of media highlights from May 2017:

You're Getting a Master's in What?
The Wall Street Journal | 05/31/2017

To court a generation of M.B.A.-skeptics, business schools are creating narrowly tailored degree programs designed to help young professionals hone their skills for specific industries and job functions. At Villanova University, students can earn a master’s in church management.

New study asks why some American forests are moving West
The Christian Science Monitor | 05/30/2017

Back in the 1800s, American settlers from the growing cities in the East moved westward to find open land for farming, hunting, and other resources. For many, the open plains in the West meant new opportunities and a chance to make their fortunes in greener pastures, shaping the landscape and infrastructure of the United States for generations to come. But now, a different kind of westward migration is underway, as Eastern forests in the US have showed surprising signs of shifting westward over the past few decades as well. … But while it's tempting to blame the shift entirely on climate change, there are other factors at play as well, according to Villanova University biology professor Adam Langley, who was not involved in the study.

What will the Pope tell President Trump?
CNN | 05/23/2017

After meeting with Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia and visiting sacred sites in Jerusalem, President Donald Trump's tour of world religions will conclude Wednesday at the Vatican, the Catholic Church's holy headquarters … That's a slight misunderstanding of typical meetings between the Vatican and politicians, said Massimo Faggioli, a professor of Catholic history at Villanova University.

Trump Meets the Pope-From Trading Barbs to Seeking Common Ground
The New York Times | 05/22/2017 (Reuters article picked up by numerous outlets nationally)

Several days after Pope Francis was elected four years ago, he was criticized by Donald Trump for returning to the Church-run residence he was staying at in Rome to pay his bill in person … "I think it will be a moment of truth. The differences are real and they have not been invented by the media, as some Trump supporters have claimed," said Massimo Faggioli, professor of theology and religious studies at Villanova University.

Bill Cosby Trial: Five Jurors Are Chosen in a Painstaking Process
The New York Times | 05/23/2017

Sorting through a jury pool already exposed to the blaze of publicity over allegations against Bill Cosby, lawyers and a judge on Monday selected the first five jurors, all of them white, who will weigh whether he committed a sexual assault … “From Cosby’s perspective, the chance to get a Pittsburgh jury rather than a Montgomery County jury would have been appealing,” said Anne Poulin, a professor emeritus of law at Villanova University who is unconnected to the case.

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg: When choosing a job, prioritize this over salary
CNBC | 05/23/2017

Business magnate Michael Bloomberg, a man worth an estimated $48.9 billion, says that when he was 22, he had no idea what he wanted to do with his career. In a commencement speech at Villanova University on Friday, the former mayor of New York City shared how he navigated the transition from school to the workforce.

Graduates: Be True Patriots
Bloomberg News | 05/19/2017

The following is an adaptation of an address to Villanova University’s class of 2017. In preparing for today, I was reminded that this beautiful campus lies halfway between two of the most important sites in American history: Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were debated and adopted, and Valley Forge, where George Washington’s troops spent a long winter during the Revolutionary War.

Is 'Internet Addiction' Real?
NPR/National Public Radio | 05/18/2017 (story picked up by more than 80 public radio affiliates nationwide)

When her youngest daughter, Naomi, was in middle school, Ellen watched the teen disappear behind a screen. Her once bubbly daughter went from hanging out with a few close friends after school to isolating herself in her room for hours at a time … Patrick Markey, a psychologist at Villanova University, agrees that society should go slow in using the "addiction" label. He worries some researchers are casting an age bias on younger generations.

Soil Microbes May Be Orchestrating Tree Migrations
Scientific American | 05/16/2017

As the climate warms and some tree species shift toward cooler, more hospitable habitats, new research finds soil microbes could be playing a crucial role in determining where young trees can migrate and how well they survive when they arrive … Scientific understanding of how specific groups of bacteria interact with plant species is still in its infancy, noted Samantha Chapman, an associate professor in the Department of Biology at Villanova University.

The Lack of Intelligence About Artificial Intelligence
Forbes | 05/16/2017

Steve Andriole is the Thomas G. Labrecque Professor of Business Technology in the Villanova School of Business at Villanova University where he teaches strategic technology, innovation and entrepreneurialism … Everyone’s talking about artificial intelligence (“AI”). Most of the talk is wrong, misleading and often intended to frighten us about a future that’s unlikely to occur.

Finding 'Moms': Randy Foye's Mother's Day celebration
ESPN Online | 05/15/2017

Randy Foye remembers last seeing his mother 27 years ago, standing tall in a flowered dress, beaming down at him at his kindergarten graduation. On Sunday, improbably, Foye will celebrate his first Mother's Day with his "Moms" since that unforgettable day in 1989. Until last September, Regina Foye had been missing and presumed dead for nearly three decades. She vanished sometime after that kindergarten ceremony, a missing person's case that haunted Foye with unanswered questions through his days as a high school star in Newark to his All-American tenure at Villanova to all seven of his NBA stops so far.

Uber's Driverless Cars Are Clouded by Possible Federal Probe
FOX Business | 05/12/2017

A judge's unusual recommendation for federal prosecutors to investigate allegations that Uber Technologies Inc. and a top executive stole Google's driverless-car trade secrets casts a new shadow over one of Uber's most critical initiatives. … "The person most likely to be charged is the person who actually took the information," said Villanova University law professor Michael Risch.

Study: Tornado havoc to triple in coming decades
USA Today | 05/11/2017

The number of deaths and damaged or destroyed homes caused by tornadoes in the U.S. could triple by the end of the century, and man-made climate change may not be entirely to blame. Instead, the culprit is population increase and urban sprawl, according to a new study. Simply put, there will be more homes — and people — in the path of tornadoes. We're already well on our way: In the past several decades, development in the lower 48 states more than quadrupled, said study lead author Stephen Strader of Villanova University's Department of Geography and the Environment.

A Paradigm Shifting Unicorn: Do The Rules Not Apply?
Forbes | 05/11/2017

The Department of Justice has begun a criminal investigation into Uber Technologies Inc.’s use of its Greyball software tool to evade regulators. The investigative probe is expanding into other cities. … Law professor Josephine Nelson of Villanova University states, “Even if legal rules are wrong or stupid, there is a process for challenging them. You cannot inflict damage on others solely because you believe you are right. There should have been red flags going up long before unbridled ambition and aggression became a culture of sexual harassment, the threatening of journalists, and Greyball.”

Fox News may need to fire a lot more people before it changes course
The Hill | 05/08/2017

This might be a question that Fox News must ask itself considering the endless string of sexual harassment allegations and misdeeds at the network. Most recently, Fox News co-president Bill Shine became the latest executive to be fired following allegations that he covered up accusations of sexual harassment against Bill O’Reilly, one of Fox News’ most prominent figures … Manuela Priesemuth, PhD, is an assistant professor of management and operations at the Villanova School of Business.

A New Study Explores The Complexities Of Tornadoes, Risk, Poverty, And Housing
Forbes Online | 05/05/2017

A new study from researchers at Michigan State University examines the growing number of mobile homes in the United States and their inherent vulnerability to tornadic storms … This was found by (Villanova University Assistant Professor of Geography and the Environment) Stephen Strader and colleagues in recent paper in the journal Climate Change.

Don't Fall for the 'Grand Theft Fallacy'
U.S. News & World Report | 05/05/2017

On Easter Sunday, Steve Stephens, upset by his failed romantic relationship, randomly killed Robert Godwin Sr. What made this crime more horrific was that Stephens uploaded a video to Facebook of the moment he shot and killed the 74-year-old grandfather. In the short amount of time since this crime, politicians, the media and researchers have sought to examine the role technology might have played in this crime … Patrick M. Markey, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Villanova University and coauthor of “Moral Combat: Why the War on Video Games is Wrong.”

The best entry-level jobs are still in tech
NBC News Online | 05/04/2017

President Donald Trump has promised to create 25 million new jobs over the next decade. The tax plan his administration revealed last week is ostensibly part of this job creation mission, as it looks to radically reduce tax rates for corporations and small businesses in an attempt to stimulate economic growth … "No policies I can think of would make the job outlook of a welder look better," said Scott Dressler, associate professor of economics at Villanova School of Business.

These generous job perks could enhance your employees' productivity
CNBC Online | 05/04/2017

We've come a long way from casual Fridays. Nowadays, CEOs are rolling out big perks to keep employees happy: Think three-day weekends every week, tropical "workations," and bonus money that you can only use if you take a vacation … "About three-quarters of employees have engaged in some type of counterproductive work behaviors, and many others experience stress, exhaustion and even burnout," said Manuela Priesemuth, assistant professor management and operations at Villanova School of Business.

The Value of Fear and Greed
U.S. News & World Report | 05/02/2017

In February 2009, the Standard & Poor's 500 index crashed to 735. When billions of dollars were fleeing the stock market looking for safe harbor, if you dared to put in $30,000 in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (ticker: SPY), and hold it until today, it's worth about $100,000, tripling your initial investment … Meg Luo has a Ph.D. in finance and is an associate professor of finance at Villanova School of Business, Villanova University.

Civil War historians take on Trump
BBC News  | 05/02/2017

President Trump has caused controversy with a revisionist riff on Civil War history, telling journalist Salena Zito in an interview that Andrew Jackson could have prevented the war if he'd been president a little later, and that Jackson was "really angry" as he watched it unfold … We asked three prominent Civil War historians - David Blight, from Yale; Judith Giesberg, from Villanova University; and Jim Grossman, from the American Historical Association - to parse Trump's comments, line by line.