Villanova’s distinctive academic programs, world-class faculty, cutting-edge research and super-star students place the University in the national media spotlight. Below is a sampling of media highlights from October 2018.
NPR, “All Things Considered”
Michael Risch, a professor at Villanova University's Charles Widger School of Law, has a few concerns. He agrees that many bad, overly broad patents have been thrown out under the Supreme Court decision called Alice. But good ones could be blocked too, he says.
“We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.” This truism—by the media-scholar John Culkin about the work of Marshall McLuhan—is more potent than ever in the age of data and algorithms … Some of those changes are documented in “Re-Engineering Humanity” by two technology thinkers from different academic backgrounds: Brett Frischmann is a professor at Villanova University in Pennsylvania and Evan Selinger teaches philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.
The New York Times
The Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer who helped Bill Cosby secure a mistrial in 2017. Gone … Most people can’t afford to keep switching lawyers, said Michelle Madden Dempsey, a law professor at Villanova University. “Most people are usually stuck with the one they’ve got,” she said.
This is the second installment of the annual Gartner prediction/trends set. The last one focused on strategic predictions. This one focuses on Gartner’s technology trends … Steve Andriole is the Thomas G. Labrecque Professor of Business Technology in the Villanova School of Business at Villanova University where he teaches strategic technology, innovation and entrepreneurialism.
The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation into the Catholic Church’s handling of sexual-abuse allegations in Pennsylvania, according to the Associated Press … This could be important, said Massimo Faggioli, a historian at Villanova University, because it could test whether Church leaders faithfully retained documents on past wrongdoings—or got rid of potential evidence.
Last October, almost a year to this day, the United States men’s national soccer team, then ranked 28th, was outplayed and ultimately defeated by a Trinidad and Tobago outfit ranked 99th in the world … “The result,” according to Villanova sociology professor Rick Eckstein,” is a system more attuned to identifying the best payers than the best players.”
Donte DiVincenzo recorded just one start as a redshirt freshman before winning Most Outstanding Player honors at the 2018 Final Four as a sophomore. A few weeks after that, he was taken with the 17th pick in the NBA draft … As you might expect, Villanova's Jay Wright tops my rankings of coaches who have shown the best results in terms of player development over the past eight years.
The Sporting News
We’re having a moment in sports right now. The moment is all about sports — and at the same time, it has nothing to do with sports. If you don’t understand that, then you’ve made up your mind that the games, wins and losses, and numbers and records are all that matter. Glenn Bracey, a sociology professor at Villanova with expertise in critical race theory and the history of social movements, has framed on his office wall the iconic photo of Smith and Carlos with gloved fists raised on the victory stand at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.
United Press International (UPI)
By Paul Steege, Villanova University: What does resistance really look like? In the United States, at least since November 2016, the idea of resistance seems to reflect a broadly imagined popular opposition to the presidency.
The New York Times
The N.B.A. coaches Steve Kerr and Nate McMillan, and Villanova Coach Jay Wright, have been chosen as U.S.A. Basketball assistant coaches under the national team’s new head coach, Gregg Popovich, according to two people familiar with U.S.A.B.’s selections.
This winter could shape up to be a gnarly one if weather predictions play out, potentially ushering in a ghastly cold and flu season … “Greek yogurt contains high levels of probiotics which may ease the severity of colds and keep the gut microbiome healthy and ready to fight off infection,” says Rebecca Shenkman, RD, expert in nutrition and director of the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education at the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University.
In a combative letter, a highly placed cardinal on Sunday mounted the Vatican’s first direct response to accusations that Pope Francis knew about and covered up the alleged sexual misconduct of a U.S. prelate, describing those claims as a “political plot that lacks any real basis” … “It is clear this [McCarrick case] had its origins in 1980s, 1990s, early 2000s,” said Massimo Faggioli, a professor of theology and religious studies at Villanova University.
Maybe renovations on the $65 million William B. Finneran Pavilion would have gone down as smoothly and timely even if Jay Wright’s Villanova Wildcats hadn’t won two of the last three NCAA titles. Maybe the privately funded enterprise more than three years in the planning would’ve still happened without a hitch anyway.
U.S. News & World Report
Both China and the United States are in a tariff war with China imposing tariffs of $110 billion on U.S. goods and the U.S. imposing tariffs of $250 billion on Chinese goods. This is the biggest trade war in human history in terms of the value of goods affected, one launched by the world's biggest economy against the second-largest … Meg Luo has a Ph.D. in finance and is an associate professor of finance at Villanova School of Business, Villanova University.
The U.S., Canada and Mexico have a new trade agreement … When President Trump slapped steel and aluminum tariffs on our neighbors in June, Jonathan Doh, business professor at Villanova University, said it changed the dynamic of NAFTA negotiations