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Villanova in the Media

Media Highlights from July - August 2021

Robert Traver, a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Villanova University, spoke with NPR's "Here & Now" on the topic of flooding. He also wrote an op-ed published by The Hill.
Robert Traver, a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Villanova University, spoke with NPR's "Here & Now" on the topic of flooding. He also wrote an op-ed that was published by The Hill.

Villanova’s distinctive academic programs, world-class faculty, cutting-edge research and high-achieving students place the University in the national media spotlight. Below is a sampling of media highlights from July-August 2021.

'We Are Standing up for Equal Treatment Before the Law.' Pennsylvania Abolishes Prison Gerrymandering


A 2019 study by Villanova University sociologists Brianna Remster and Rory Kramer, for example, found that if incarcerated people were not counted as part of Pennsylvania’s District 150, which contains the prison SCI-Phoenix and Montgomery County’s jail, it would lose more than 5,000 people and likely be too small to meet federal minimum requirements for a state representative.

Will only a handful of companies solve the childcare crisis?


“What this means for C-level hiring practices is that simply hiring a female executive is not enough to reap the benefits of such an appointment,” said Corinne Post, now a professor of management at Villanova School of Business, and co-author of a report on the effect of women in the C-suite.

Explainer: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's legal woes far from over


Cuomo accusers who invoke this law would be suing the state of New York - their employer - rather than Cuomo directly, said Ann Juliano, a Villanova University law professor.

Engineers Worry Cities, Subway Networks Are Not Ready For Climate-Fueled Flooding

NPR’s Here & Now (Prof. Robert Traver also had op-ed on the topic published by The Hill: Link)

Recent flooding in Germany, the United Kingdom and China has swamped subway systems and swept away homes. These environmental crises have also underscored the need for engineering and urban design solutions for natural disasters turbo-charged by climate change. Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with Robert Traver, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Villanova University.

How a Gecko From Africa Crossed the Atlantic Ocean

The New York Times

“People never really looked at them,” said Aaron Bauer, a herpetologist at Villanova University and a co-author of the paper. Dr. Bauer first thought about reconstructing the evolutionary history of the African house gecko about a decade ago.

Student researchers are back on campus this summer and happy for a little bit of normal

Philadelphia Inquirer

Clad in a white lab coat and safety glasses, Chloe deGraft-Johnson stood in the Villanova University chemistry lab last week, working with a rotary evaporator, rotovap for short. It allowed the chemistry major from Stamford, Conn., to remove liquid from her bacteria sample. She is among 130 Villanova students back on campus for summer research for the first time since the coronavirus struck.

Nike’s Earnings Calls Provide A Winning Digital Transformation Playbook


Skyrocketing digital transformation expectations challenge companies across every industry. Consequently, CIOs face increasing demands to craft business cases that show how technology will enhance long-term competitive position. Noah Barsky is a professor in executive and graduate business programs at the Villanova University School of Business.

'We believe our friends': College students form coalition to combat vaccine misinformation and encourage shots

USA Today

Allyson Levin, a communication professor at Villanova University, told USA TODAY that one of the most effective ways to get a large percentage of young people vaccinated is to make vaccination a social norm – a healthy peer pressure.

Meet VIISTA: The Program Training Non-Lawyers to Represent Migrants in Court

Ms. Magazine

Six out of every 10 migrants appear in immigration court without a lawyer, yet are 12 times more likely to be granted relief when they have representation. Villanova law professor Michele Pistone is meeting this need—and revolutionizing the immigration legal system—with her program that trains non-lawyers to represent migrants in court.

Did Vodka Cause the Russian Revolution?


Mark Lawrence Schrad, an associate professor of political science at Villanova  University, is the author of the book Smashing the Liquor Machine: A Global History of Prohibition, available now from Oxford University Press, from which this piece is adapted.

Nursing the Future


For the first time in my career, people truly understand what nurses do and how important a profession nursing is. – Donna Havens, Dean, College of Nursing, Villanova University.

Vatican reforms see a cardinal on trial


Ten people, including an Italian cardinal, will face a Vatican trial for alleged financial crimes… Massimo Faggioli, Vatican historian and Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University, explains how this trial sits among Pope Francis' larger efforts for reform.

Interest in UFOs Is Not Just an American Phenomenon, Experts Say

U.S. News & World Report

"There's certainly interest in Europe – in France, for example," says Edward Guinan, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Villanova University. "France is really big into UFOs. I think it's a universal thing."

Unpacking The 100-Year History Of The Chinese Communist Party


And to mark this moment, we wanted to have a conversation about the party's role in the past century of Chinese history. No small feat to assess this, and we'll do the best we can. And here to help us is Andy B. Liu, a historian of China at Villanova University.

Bill Cosby's release: What it means for Harvey Weinstein


So could the Cosby ruling affect Weinstein's appeal? Probably not, said Michelle Madden Dempsey, a former Illinois prosecutor and law professor at Villanova University. "There's no interesting takeaway message from Cosby's case as it relates to either Weinstein or the #MeToo movement," Dempsey said.