Villanova in the Media

Media Highlights from February 2017

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 February 2017:

So, Um, How Do You, Like, Stop Using Filler Words?
The New York Times | 02/24/2017

So, how do you, like, um, stop using verbal fillers that can make you sound, you know, nervous or not so smart? Is there a name for this? Communications experts describe “um,” “aah,” “you know” and similar expressions as discourse markers, interjections or verbal pauses. They often occur when we are trying to think of the next thing we are going to say, Susan Mackey-Kallis, an associate professor at Villanova University who teaches public speaking, said in an email.

Hart's Eagle Scout honor fulfilled a promise to his father
ESPN | 02/24/2017

We all know Josh Hart as performing exceptionally on the basketball court for Villanova. It’s a little known fact that Josh Hart is also an Eagle Scout. An Eagle Scout is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts, there’s only two or three percent that do achieve the Eagle.

Here Are Schools That Produce the Most Fulbrights
Voice of America Radio | 02/23/2017

Brown University in Rhode Island, Villanova University in Pennsylvania and Smith College in Massachusetts led U.S. schools for sending the most U.S. students abroad on the Fulbright Program, according to the U.S. State Department.

Villanova’s Pavilion Renovation Set for Next Season
FOX Sports 1 | 02/22/2017

The Pavilion, by the way, will undergo a $60 million renovation beginning next season. It’s a 31-year-old venue that will be transformed into a state-of-the-art facility that will be enhanced for all the people that come here for game day. The project is funded entirely by donor support. And when completed the building will be known as the Finneran Pavilion, in honor of alumnus William B. Finneran who made a $22.6 million leadership gift last spring.

After Slavery, Searching For Loved Ones In Wanted Ads
NPR | 02/23/2017 (story picked up by more than 100 NPR affiliates)

In the waning years of the Civil War, advertisements like this began appearing in newspapers around the country. More than 900 of these "Information Wanted" notices — placed by African-Americans separated from family members by war, slavery and emancipation — have been digitized in a project called Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery, a collaboration between Villanova University's graduate history program and Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia.

What Reality TV Taught Trump, According to Professors Who Study It
The Chronicle of Higher Education | 02/15/2017

President Trump, who became famous for his role on The Apprentice, has been called the "reality TV President." So what did Mr. Trump learn from his years on the show? Quite a bit, according to professors who study the genre … Derek Arnold, an instructor at Villanova University who teaches communication, says the president's use of Twitter lets him "simulate reality TV," keeping control of the "script" by bypassing the traditional news media.

Jay Wright's Path To 500 Wins
Forbes | 02/14/2017

Saturday Villanova men's basketball coach Jay Wright notched his 500th career victory. At 55 years old, Wright became just the 63rd coach with that many wins at the Division I level.

Gene therapy restores hearing in mouse model
Reuters Health | 02/14/2017

Researchers have used a newly developed gene transfer vector to restore a high level of hearing in a mouse model of Usher syndrome, the most common genetic form of deaf-blindness. They describe their work in two recently published papers … Dr. Jacob Elmer, an assistant professor of chemical engineering at the Villanova University College of Engineering in Pennsylvania, told Reuters Health, "This study is an incremental, yet very important, work that demonstrates how therapeutic genes can be efficiently delivered to the inner ear - a previously daunting target for gene therapy."

Top CIO Concerns & Worries for 2017 - IT's Déjà vu All Over AGAIN!
Forbes | 02/14/2017

Steve Andriole: I am the Thomas G. Labrecque Professor of Business Technology in the Villanova School of Business at Villanova University where I teach strategic technology, innovation and entrepreneurialism … The Society for Information Management (SIM) presented the results of their annual survey of what Chief Information Officers (CIOs) believe are the most important issues they will face in 2017.  I cannot stop myself from responding – just like I did last year.

Planet dubbed 'Earth next door' may not be suitable for human habitation
The International Business Times | 02/13/2017

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has found that Proxima B, the closest planet to Earth, may not actually be very fit for human habitation. NASA scientists said the planet dubbed as “Earth next door” is likely to not have atmosphere … It is believed that Proxima B is more like Tatooine, the desert world with twin suns in “Star Wars” films. Professor Edward Guinan of Villanova University's Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics shared that it is likely that the planet has gone through a living hell in its early 300 to 400 million years. Guinan spoke during an American Astronomical Society meeting in Texas.

Steve Bannon vs. Pope Francis?
The Washington Post | 02/09/2017

Stephen K. Bannon disrupted American politics and helped elect Donald Trump as president. Will he disrupt the Roman Catholic Church by joining forces with right-wing Catholics who oppose Pope Francis? … Massimo Faggioli, a professor of theology and religious studies at Villanova University and a close student of the Vatican, argues that Francis has aroused a similar hostility among some on the Catholic right to that Barack Obama called forth on the right end of politics generally.

The hidden risk in the corporate bond market is at a tipping point: Study
CNBC | 02/08/2017

Hybrid investments like corporate bonds exchange-traded funds have become a popular alternative in today's market. With their lower expenses, reduced tax distributions and greater ease of trading, they have become a go-to investment for everyone from large firms to everyday traders … My forthcoming research at Villanova School of Business suggests that the combination of corporate bonds and ETFs has had the unintended consequence of lowering returns for all bond investors — from large firms to individual investors to retirees.

This gecko rips off its own skin to escape predators
PBS NewsHour | 02/07/2017

If you tried to grab a Geckolepis megolepis gecko, it would likely slip from your hand — leaving only its scales in your grasp … “A predator grabs them, they spin, ripping their own skin off,” Villanova University herpetologist Aaron Bauer, who was not involved in the study, said. “Then this little naked pink gecko runs away while the predator is left chewing on these fishlike scales.”

Trump AG firing recalls Nixon's 'Saturday Night Massacre'
MSNBC | 02/06/2017

What you just saw was a special report on October 20, 1973 at a moment when the United States faced a genuine Constitutional crisis. Republican President Richard Nixon tried to throw a wrench into the Watergate investigation by firing the man in charge of that investigation. A decision both his attorney general and deputy attorney general resigned over – a series of events dubbed the ‘Saturday Night Massacre.’ … Donald Trump fired acting attorney general Sally Yates on Monday after she refused to enforce that executive order barring immigrants from seven majority Muslim countries and refugees from around the world from coming to the United States. Joining me now is Mark Alexander, Dean of Villanova Law School.

Super Bowl ads go political in a big way
Associated Press | 02/06/2017

Messages about America, inclusiveness — and, yes, even "four years of awful hair" — kept bubbling up in Super Bowl 51 ads from Airbnb, the NFL and a line of personal care products. But there was still plenty of escapism and light humor for those who weren't into the politics … But others, such as Villanova University marketing professor Charles Taylor, thought it didn't have a clear enough link to the brand and risked coming off as a "purely political statement."

Where Retirees Can Find Continuing-Ed Classes
The Wall Street Journal | 02/05/2017

I would like to hear about resources for continuing education. For instance, I would be interested in taking a college-level class on introductory Shakespeare or one on psychology, but finding all that is offered and distinguishing between the strengths and weaknesses of the offerings is a challenge … Also, don’t forget local libraries and museums, says Seth Matthew Fishman, an assistant professor at Villanova University, in suburban Philadelphia, who has studied lifelong learning. “They don’t always find a place in the conversation” about older students, he notes. But “they’re rich in programs involving the humanities and arts.”

Villanova Finance Program Makes Princeton Review's List of Highest Paying Majors
TODAY Show | 02/01/2017

So it’s the time of year when parents and students get sticker shock adding up the cost of college … so which schools are worth it? The Princeton Review is out with its 2017 list of colleges that pay you back, the 200 schools that give you the best bang for your tuition buck. Highest Paying Majors—Finance: Bentley University, City University of New York—Baruch College, Iowa State University, Lehigh University, Villanova University.