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The Force of Nature

The Force of Nature

Read the digital edition of the Spring 2022 issue of Villanova Magazine online. The cover story, “The Force of Nature,” features Alyssa Stark, PhD, Department of Biology, who is steering fascinating research on adhesion in geckos, ants and sea urchins. Also, in this issue, an insider’s tour of The Commons and a look at Villanova University’s vast and impressive art collection.

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    Villanova Theatre Professor James Ijames receives the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Drama

    James Ijames, associate professor of Theatre in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the 2022 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Drama. The Pulitzer Prize for Drama is given to a distinguished play by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life. A playwright, educator, director and performer, Ijames was awarded the Pulitzer for his play, Fat Ham, a “loose” according to the playwright—adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

  • Alessandro Roco ’09 Selected as Recipient of the Villanova University Alumni Association Young Alumni Medal

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    The Villanova University Alumni Association (VUAA) has named alumnus Alessandro Roco ’09 COE as the recipient of its 2022 Young Alumni Medal. The award honors alumni who have made outstanding contributions professionally, academically and in service to the University.

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    Maryalice Morro ’83 FCN, MS, ’19 DNP to Receive 2022 St. Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal

    Maryalice Morro ’83 FCN, MS, ’19 DNP is the recipient of its 2022 St. Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal. The medal is the highest award given by the VUAA and is presented to alumni for outstanding service and for reflecting the spirit and legacy of St. Thomas of Villanova.

  • Long-time Villanova Men’s Basketball Head Coach Jay Wright to Deliver University’s 2022 Commencement Address

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    The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, Villanova University President, announced that Jay Wright, who recently retired as the William B. Finneran Endowed Head Men's Basketball Coach at Villanova after 21 seasons, will address the Class of 2022 as the University’s commencement speaker. Wright will also receive the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa. The University’s 179th commencement will be held Friday, May 13 at 2:30 p.m., in Villanova Stadium.

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    A faculty member from Villanova University’s College of Engineering has been named a recipient of the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation. The award will allow Kristin Sample-Lord, PhD, assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, to advance research in water security and environmental protection, while preparing future science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals.

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  • Villanova Scientist Part of Team Producing First Image of Black Hole in Our Galaxy

    Villanova Scientist Part of Team Producing First Image of Black Hole in Our Galaxy

    Joey Neilsen, PhD, assistant professor of Physics, is a part of a team of astronomers unveiling the first image of the supermassive black hole at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy. The findings were announced at a press conference Thursday morning, yielding valuable clues about the workings of these masses believed to live at the center of most galaxies. The image was produced by a global research team called the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration using observations from a worldwide network of radio telescopes.

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