Astrobiology students at Villanova University—under the tutelage of Edward Guinan, PhD, and Scott Engle, PhD, professors in the department of Astrophysics and Planetary Science—have been researching the feasibility of growing sustainable food sources in sheltered greenhouses on Mars. Read more about the project in the newly redesigned Villanova Magazine and VillanovaMagazine.com.
Heidi M. Rose, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Communication in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has received the 2018 Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance from the National Communication Association. read more
Villanova University has again placed among the top 50 of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” for its 2019 rankings. In addition to its #49 ranking on the National Universities list, the University also placed #19 for “Alumni Giving,” #40 among “High School Counselors’ Top College Picks” and #48 for “Best Value.” read more
More than 5,000 Villanova students, faculty, staff, alumni and their families will come together on Saturday, Sept. 15 to perform service in partnership with local organizations and neighborhood agencies in celebration of the 13th annual St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service. Volunteers will visit more than 130 service sites throughout the Greater Philadelphia area and beyond. read more
Villanova University announced that it has been awarded membership in Farm Forward’s Leadership Circle, a program that recognizes pioneering institutions leveraging their buying power to change the way animals are raised for food. Villanova joins other members of the Leadership Circle, including Cal Dining at UC Berkeley, Bon Appetit Management Company, Airbnb and Dr. Bronner’s. read more
Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, believes in the redeeming power of mercy – especially for the vulnerable and oppressed. Stevenson’s book was chosen as Villanova University’s 2018 One Book Villanova program selection and the author will visit the University Friday, Sept. 14. In Just Mercy, Stevenson poignantly chronicles his evolution from a young lawyer who founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to fighting for justice on behalf of society’s marginalized— those whom have either been falsely convicted or received harsh prison sentences—to a prominent standard bearer for equal justice. read more
Sea level rise and extreme weather events have become harsh realities for those living along the world’s coasts. The record-breaking hurricanes of the past decade in the United States have led to staggering tolls on coastal infrastructure and communities, leading many local governments to consider the benefits of natural coastal barriers. In a landmark study titled “Warming accelerates mangrove expansion and surface elevation gain in a subtropical wetland” a team of Villanova University biologists have documented that coastal wetlands in the southeastern United States are responding positively to rising temperatures both in their growth and in their ability to build soil to keep pace with sea level rise. read more
Terrorism, cyberattacks, and nuclear proliferation are three of the most prominent threats to national security today. But, another, more subtle danger—climate change—has emerged as an integral factor in assessing global geographic vulnerability to conflict, according to a research study conducted by Frank Galgano, PhD, a professor in Villanova University’s Department of Geography and the Environment. read more