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Engineering Students Turn Mario Kart into Tool to Improve Focus of Children with Attention-Deficit Disorders

Engineering Students Turn Mario Kart into Tool to Improve Focus of Children with Attention-Deficit Disorders

Mario Kart, Nintendo’s iconic go-kart-style racing video game first released 26 years ago, could now help improve children’s ability to focus, thanks to a group of Villanova University engineering students. The students’ goal is to help children with attention-deficit disorders improve their ability to focus, while having fun at the same time in a low-pressure environment.

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  • Villanova University Student Receives Prestigious Place on Fulbright Summer Institute to the University of Bristol

    Villanova University Student Receives Prestigious Place on Fulbright Summer Institute to the University of Bristol

    Villanova University student Corinne Gillenwater has received a place on a Fulbright Summer Institute to study at the University of Bristol on one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programmes operating world-wide. Gillenwater, a sophomore in Villanova’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was selected by the US-UK Fulbright Commission to experience the UK on a four-week summer programme. A native of Pembroke, Mass., she will be studying racial justice and slavery, colonialism and independence, global feminisms, migration and refugees, environmental stability, and health and well-being at the University of Bristol. read more

  • Villanova Engineering Professor Wenqing Xu, PhD Awarded Prestigious NSF CAREER Grant

    Villanova Engineering Professor Wenqing Xu, PhD Awarded Prestigious NSF CAREER Grant

    Officially, Dr. Wenqing Xu began her research into pyrogenic carbonaceous matter (solid-residues from incomplete combustion, such as soot and charcoal) as a Chemical and Environmental Engineering doctoral student at Yale University. In reality, however, the seed was planted more than 20 years ago during her childhood in an undeveloped region of northwestern China. That experience, and her family’s limited access to running water, sparked Dr. Xu’s interest in environmental issues, which ultimately led to her career in environmental engineering. Today, that passion for the environment has been rewarded with the National Science Foundation’s coveted CAREER grant for her work. read more

  • Fifteen Villanovans Win Prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Grants

    Fifteen Villanovans Win Prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Grants

    The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently announced the results of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for grants taking place in 2018-2019, with 30 current Villanova University students and alumni recognized by the program. Fifteen Villanova students and alumni won the prestigious award, with an additional eight named alternates and seven earning recognition as semi-finalists. Villanova has had at least one student selected for the coveted award each year since 1994, and has been listed among the nation’s top producers of Fulbright Students for the last 10 years. This year marks the largest single-year number of Fulbright awards in the University’s history. read more

  • Villanova Alumnus Robert F. Moran ’72, Chairman of the Board of GNC Holdings, Inc., to Deliver Address at University’s 175th Commencement, May 18

    Villanova Alumnus Robert F. Moran ’72, Chairman of the Board of GNC Holdings, Inc.,  to Deliver Address at University’s 175th Commencement, May 18

    The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, Villanova University President, announced that Robert F. Moran ’72 VSB, a Villanova alumnus and Chairman of the Board of GNC Holdings, Inc., will address the Class of 2018 as the University’s commencement speaker. Moran will also receive the degree of Doctor of Commercial Science, honoris causa. The University’s 175th commencement will be held Friday, May 18, at 4 p.m., in Villanova Stadium. In the event of severe weather, the ceremony will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 19 in the Stadium. read more

  • Villanova Astrophysicist Andrej Prsa, PhD Awarded $450,000 Grant from NASA

    Villanova Astrophysicist Andrej Prsa, PhD Awarded $450,000 Grant from NASA

    A Villanova University professor whose work with NASA’s Kepler mission has provided revolutionary new data on binary stars has been awarded a two-year, $449,000 grant from NASA to support his research. read more

  • Winners of Villanova University’s ICE Institute Pitch Day, Meyer ICE Awards Announced

    Winners of Villanova University’s ICE Institute Pitch Day, Meyer ICE Awards Announced

    Villanova University’s Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Institute has announced the winners of its seventh annual Pitch Day competition held April 19. Pitch Day gives students from across the University’s schools and colleges the opportunity to showcase their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, while gaining real-world experience in building an idea from the ground up. read more

  • Three Villanova University Students Named Goldwater Scholars

    Three Villanova University Students Named Goldwater Scholars

    Three Villanova University students have been named as 2018 Goldwater Scholars by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. Kali Carrasco, Claire Teahan and Alexander Vetter, were selected as Goldwater Scholars from a group of nearly 1,300 faculty-nominated students nationwide. The three Goldwater Scholars in 2018 set a new one-year mark for the University. Andrew Lee was also recognized by the Goldwater Program receiving Honorable Mention. read more

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