Villanova in the Media

Media Highlights from August 2018

Professor Stephen Strader
Dr. Stephen Strader, assistant professor of physical and environmental geography at Villanova University, was a guest on NPR's Science Friday discussing population growth and development as contributing factors in the increase of wildfires.

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 August 2018.

How Economics Shaped The End of WWII

Bloomberg – 08/31/2018

Economic divisions in the U.S. brought an end to World War II as much as the atomic bombs. On the anniversary of Japan's surrender, Villanova historian Marc Gallicchio explains how bitter fights between business, unions and Congress marred the final months of the conflict. Scott Lanman of Bloomberg News and Daniel Moss of Bloomberg Opinion learn Americans weren't as united as legend suggests.

7 Nontraditional Jobs for MBA Graduates

U.S. News & World Report 08/30/2018

Joyce Russell, the dean of the Villanova School of Business who holds a doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology, says that MBA programs can prepare students for "the jobs of the future" at technology companies like Amazon, Airbnb and Uber.

BBC Radio Speaks with Villanova’s Tim Horner about Rohingya Genocide

BBC – 08/28/2018 (Tim Horner interview begins at 9:55)

UN human rights investigators’ major report says military leaders in Myanmar should be investigated for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity …  Dr. Tim Horner is a professor at the Center for Peace and Justice Education at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. How authoritative is this UN panel report? “It’s pretty serious, not necessarily for what new information it provides, I’ve read the document and I can’t say that there is a lot here that we didn’t already know.”

Practice Shelf-Care With NPR At The National Book Festival

NPR – 08/27/2018

Get your bookmarks ready and join NPR journalists at the 17th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday, September 1, 2018. More than 100 authors, illustrators and poets will be gathered at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center that weekend. … Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Catherine Kerrison with NPR's Eric Deggans. Kerrison is an associate professor of history at Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania, where she teaches courses in colonial and revolutionary America and women's and gender history.

New U.S.-Mexico trade agreement is hardly a done deal

CBS News – 08/27/2018

The trade understanding between the U.S. and Mexico announced by President Donald Trump Monday sets into motion a series of events that could lead to an overhaul of the North American Free Trade agreement. … Mr. Trump has the authority to renegotiate NAFTA as a trilateral agreement, so Canada must be involved, said Michelle Casario, an assistant professor of economics at Villanova University.

5 Questions That Make Astrobiologists Squirm

Forbes – 08/20/2018

On the verge of the world’s largest gathering of professional astronomers here in Vienna, it only seems appropriate to ask a few hot-button questions … Based on research done with Villanova University astronomer Edward Guinan, Cuntz still thinks advanced life forms have the highest likelihood to exist in the environments of certain orange dwarf stars that are still in their main sequence hydrogen-burning phases.

Vatican Expresses Sorrow, Calls for Accountability After Pennsylvania Report

The Wall Street Journal – 08/17/2018

A Vatican spokesman on Thursday expressed “shame and sorrow” about the allegations of abuse by more than 300 Catholic clergymen in Pennsylvania over 70 years that were detailed in a grand jury report released Tuesday … Massimo Faggioli, a professor of theology and religious studies at Villanova University, gave Pope Francis credit for doing “a number of things that his predecessors never did, like firing bishops. And Rome is no longer a safe haven for those who are accused. That’s new.”

Vatican Calls Abuses by Pennsylvania Priests ‘Criminal and Morally Reprehensible’

The News York Times – 08/17/2018

The Vatican responded on Thursday to the horrors of a Pennsylvania grand jury report on clergy sex abuse, saying it felt shame and sorrow over the findings … Massimo Faggioli, a theology professor at Villanova University, said that he saw in Thursday’s coordinated statements that the seriousness of the crisis appeared to be creating emergency alliances among the bishops, who have been divided over the past five years into pro- and anti-Francis factions, largely along liberal and conservative lines.

What’s next after Catholic Church sexual abuse report? Advocates want stricter laws.

Washington Post – 08/15/2018

A sweeping grand jury report released Tuesday alleged widespread sexual abuse among Pennsylvania priests while church leaders covered it up. Its graphic victim accounts of abuse by more than 300 priests shocked Catholics in the state and reverberated around the world … “This will reignite these battles at the state level,” said Michael Moreland, a law professor at Villanova University, a Catholic school outside Philadelphia.

Lend Me Your Ears: Measure for Measure

Slate – 08/14/2018

Five hundred years before #MeToo, Shakespeare wrote his darkest comedy, a story of religion, sexual coercion, and the nature of justice. n this fourth episode of Lend Me Your Ears, host Isaac Butler talks to theater critic Helen Shaw, Villanova University professor John-Paul Spiro, and UCLA professor Claire McEachern about Measure for Measure, its troubling situations and conflicts, and why it’s still difficult to reckon with today.

One Force Driving Deadlier Wildfires? People

NPR’s Science Friday – 08/13/2018

The Mendocino Complex fire in northern California has spread to more than 300,000 acres—a swath of land bigger than New York City. The blaze is the state’s largest wildfire in recorded history, edging out last year’s record-setting Thomas Fire, which devastated communities north of Los Angeles … Villanova University’s Stephen Strader published those findings earlier this year in the journal Natural Hazards, and he joins Ira and USGS research scientist Jon Keeley to discuss how humans can cope with deadlier, more destructive wildfires.

Tesla shareholders who sell if Musk takes electric-car maker private will be big losers for one reason: A.I.

CNBC – 08/13/2018

Tesla stock has been on the move this week and is hovering around $352 per share. Elon Musk wants to take the electric-car maker private in a $71 billion deal valuing shares at $420 each. One thing was clear even before the surprise Musk tweet: Tesla is significantly undervalued … by Keith Wright, Villanova University professor of accounting and information systems.

As western US population has grown, more are at risk from wildfires

The Guardian – 08/08/2018

There’s been an enormous increase in the number of people at risk from wildfire in the western US in recent decades, with an estimated 6.7m homes now at significant risk from fires that are getting larger and more frequent … “It’s a two-headed dragon where we’ve seen an increase in the number of large wildfires and a big increase in population in the worst wildfire areas,” said Stephen Strader, assistant professor of physical and environmental geography at Villanova University and author of the research.

Why Republicans don’t push back on Trump’s China tariffs — in one map

Washington Post – 08/07/2018

On Friday, Beijing announced new tariffs on $60 billion in U.S. goods — prompting new U.S. threats to ratchet up tariffs on Chinese exports to the United States. These are just the latest volleys in the trade war sparked by the Trump administration’s announcement to put tariffs on some $200 billion in Chinese exports … Deborah Seligsohn is an assistant professor of political science at Villanova University, where she studies environmental governance in China and India as well as U.S.-China relations.

CBS News, '60 Minutes' Come Under Scrutiny Amid Moonves Chaos

Variety – 08/01/2018

The allegations are worthy of an investigation by “ 60 Minutes ” – if only they weren’t about the news division that produces the show … “The large number of women that have come forward with accusations seems to indicate that there is a definite pattern of behaviors here. This leads us to believe that the culture in the workplace has allowed for this type of behavior to occur, perhaps even encouraged it,” says Teresa Boyer, director of Villanova University’s Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership.