Villanova Chemistry professor Amanda Grannas, PhD, is co-principal investigator of a research team examining the effect of dramatic sea ice loss and rising surface temperatures on marine aerosols in the Arctic Ocean. Forty researchers from all over the world will work on board the Swedish icebreaker Oden, including Villanova chemistry master’s student Allison Remenapp.
Villanova University history professor Catherine Kerrison, PhD, has been selected to participate in the 18th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday, September 1 in Washington D.C. Kerrison will discuss her recent book, Jefferson’s Daughters. The Festival, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year, will feature 115 authors, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, renowned presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and United States Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor. read more
Villanova University has named Veerabhadran “Ram” Ramanathan, PhD, an internationally renowned pioneer in climate science and climate change research, as the recipient of its 2018 Mendel Medal. The Mendel Medal, which celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, is given to outstanding contemporary scientists in recognition of their accomplishments. read more
Villanova University President, the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, today announced the appointment of E. Michael Zubey, Jr., as Vice President and General Counsel, effective Aug. 17. In this role, Zubey will oversee all University legal affairs and is responsible for the vision and leadership of Villanova’s overall legal strategy. As Vice President and General Counsel, he will serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet and advise the President, Board of Trustees and administrative officers on a broad range of legal matters. read more
Villanova University has announced a $5 million cash and estate commitment from alumnus Richard K. Faris, ’69 CE, ’70 MSCE, and his wife Marilyn, to the College of Engineering. The gift will provide support for expansion plans to the Center for Engineering Education and Research (CEER) and ensure an inspiring and cutting-edge research and learning environment for students and faculty. In recognition of this gift, the College of Engineering has named the Richard K. Faris ’69 CE, ’70 MSCE Structural Engineering Teaching and Research Laboratory. read more
Villanova University biology professor Janice Knepper, PhD, and her students have discovered that a gene, previously poorly characterized, can be associated with breast cancer. Over the last eight years, Knepper and her students have been working with the gene, ZC3H8, simply known has Fliz1. The findings were recently published in BMC Cancer, a peer-reviewed open-source medical journal. read more
Villanova University College of Engineering has established the Center for Cellular Engineering (NovaCell), with the mission of leading efforts to improve cell and gene therapy products and the bioprocesses used to make them. read more
Two Villanova University astrophysics professors led a research team that has discovered the long hidden physical properties of Polaris, popularly known as “The North Star.” read more