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The digital edition of the Fall 2023 issue of Villanova Magazine is now available. The cover story looks at how Villanova's natural landscape enhances the academic experience of our student-scholars. Also, in this issue, Villanova's College of Professional Studies offers many paths for students to become what they are not yet; and Villanova experts explain the inner workings of voice assistant technology.
The late Bishop Paride Taban, founder of Holy Trinity Peace Village Kuron in South Sudan, has been chosen as the 2023 Opus Prize Laureate, as announced by The Opus Prize Foundation and Villanova University. As the winner of the annual faith-based humanitarian award, Bishop Taban’s Holy Trinity Peace Village Kuron will receive the one-million-dollar prize that recognizes social entrepreneurship championing faith-filled change.
Villanova University has named Betty Ferrell, PhD, RN, MA, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN, Director and Professor of Nursing Research and Education at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, Calif., as the 53rd recipient of the Mendel Medal. Dr. Ferrell presented the Mendel Medal lecture, titled “Spiritual Care as an Essential Domain of Quality Patient Care,” on Friday, November 17.
The Lilly Endowment has awarded Villanova University Department of Theology and Religious Studies professors Rev. Christy Lang Hearlson, PhD, and Timothy M. Brunk, PhD, a four-year, $1.25 million grant as part of its Nurturing Children Through Worship and Prayer Initiative. Dr. Lang Hearlson and Dr. Brunk’s effort, “The Children, Liturgy and Ecology Project,” will explore the connection between Christian liturgical formation, love for the natural world and children’s lived experience.
Villanova University professors of Civil and Environmental Engineering Virginia Smith, PhD; Rob Traver, PhD, PE, D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE; Kelly Good, PhD, PE; Bridget Wadzuk, PhD and Kevin Waters, PhD, PE have been awarded a three-year, $1.4 million Major Research Instrumentation grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the installation and upkeep of a unidirectional sediment-feed tilting flume.