Welcome to “Captivating Courses,” a feature introducing some of the unique classes offered at Villanova University. Numerous courses across the University’s six schools and colleges provide students the opportunity to examine interesting and relevant topics. English professor Tsering Wangmo uses memoirs, novels and poetry as a way to teach her students about the experiences of undocumented immigrants and migrants through a political, historical and ethical lens.
As demand for data-savvy business professionals escalates, the Villanova School of Business (VSB) has positioned itself at the right place at the right time. After being among the first business schools to offer analytics, VSB’s latest initiatives put analytics at the core of the curriculum to prepare students to understand data and use it wisely. read more
For the last three years, students and faculty from Villanova University’s Department of Computing Sciences were granted rare clearance to photograph the Redemptoris Mater Chapel in the Vatican for a use as part of a virtual reality tour. Located in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City, the Chapel is used exclusively by the Pope for prayer and to celebrate special masses for small gatherings. Now, for the very first time, anyone with access to a computer or mobile device can view the sacred, rarely-seen space online. read more
New research findings from Villanova University’s M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing show that a growing number of adolescents and college students are keeping connected to friends into the wee hours of night, and often don’t remember doing so. It’s because they’re sleep texting. read more
Villanova Law Professor Ellen Wertheimer, an expert on products liability and tort law, has been nominated and elected as a new member of the American Law Institute (ALI), the leading independent organization in the United States that produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize and improve the law. read more
Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD, Dean, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will be a panelist at the 50th annual Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies Convention, an international forum that attracts scholars from around the world. read more
Many of us are used to encountering ants scampering across a sidewalk, a trail path or even in our kitchen floor. But in many parts of the world, like the tropical regions of Central America, ants live their lives up in trees and utilize adhesive pads and claws to scurry from their colonies to tree limbs, branches and leaves in search of food. While foraging for food, wingless worker ants encounter significant environmental challenges like rain and wind. Villanova University biology assistant professor, Alyssa Stark, PhD, set out to find how ants adhere to surfaces under different conditions. read more
Villanova’s ES2 Research Center is currently exploring the balance of economics, location, and environmental burden on data centers to develop strategies for minimizing the carbon usage effectiveness (CUE). The end goal is a set of recommendations that would provide economic and environmental benefits for the industry, potentially reducing the carbon footprint of data centers nationally by a significant margin. read more