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In its first year in the competition, a team of students from Villanova, Drexel and Rutgers universities has been named a finalist in NASA's Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts — Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) program. In June, they will be among 16 teams from across the country presenting their deep space mission concepts directly to NASA and aerospace industry leaders.
For nearly a decade, NOVAdance has packed the Jake Nevin Field House on Villanova's campus for a 12-hour dance marathon—a student-led effort to raise money for pediatric cancer. NOVAdance has raised more than $500,000 in each of the last two years and was recently recognized by the B+ Foundation for its fundraising efforts. This year's event will be different due to the challenges of COVID-19, but NOVAdance was able to pivot its fundraising and awareness efforts to continue its commitment.
Villanova University students Lily Day and Catherine Petretti have been named 2021 Goldwater Scholars by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. Day and Petretti are juniors in Villanova’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and were selected from more than 1,200 institution-nominated students nationwide.
A team of psychologists from Villanova University has published research showing how various types of masks affect speech recognition in different levels of background noise. Two professors in Villanova’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences—Joseph Toscano, PhD, director of the Cognitive Science Program, and Cheyenne Toscano, PhD—have found that a speaker wearing a surgical mask over their mouth has virtually the same chance of being understood as a speaker without a mask.
The digital edition of the 2019-2020 President’s Report is now available. This year’s report highlights how the University came together during the pandemic and lived our Augustinian values, while continuing to move forward in our academic pursuits.
Villanova University faculty are regularly cited as experts in the national media on topics ranging from politics to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click more to view these faculty and their expert analysis in the media.