Villanova in the Media

Media Highlights from March-May 2020

Villanovans are responding is a variety of ways to the COVID-19 pandemic. A low-cost ventilator initiative led by Engineering professor Dr. C. Nataraj was highlighted by Forbes.
Villanovans are responding is a variety of ways to the COVID-19 pandemic. A low-cost ventilator initiative led by Engineering professor Dr. C. Nataraj was highlighted by Forbes.

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 March-May 2020.

Twisters in the South and Southeast are just as common as in the Plains, and often more deadly.

The Washington Post

"What people need to understand is that if you live east of the continental divide, tornadoes can affect you,” said Stephen Strader, an atmospheric scientist at Villanova University specializing in severe weather risk mitigation.

Model Finds Midwest and Southern States at Risk for COVID-19 Surges as They Reopen


“Right now, in the absence of a cure or a vaccination, it is up to us to control the spread and effectively reduce the impact or prevent a second wave,” said Ruth McDermott-Levy, PhD, MPH, associate professor and director of the Center for Global & Public Health at Villanova University in Pennsylvania.

As Coronavirus Spreads Globally, These Researchers Are Designing Ventilators That Cost Less Than $1,000


In the beginning of April, Dr. C. Nataraj, an engineering professor at Villanova University, gathered a team of 20 faculty and students, as well as experts from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Geisinger Health System. Their goal? To create a low-cost, emergency ventilator.

How coronavirus will change the US, from where we live to the way we connect

Christian Science Monitor

“Hopefully we’ll have maybe a more inclusive sense of patriotism” after the pandemic, says Mark Lawrence Schrad, an assistant professor of political science at Villanova University.

Replacing workers after COVID-19 is going to come with a high cost for everyone

Fast Company

The labor market is changing rapidly with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Cheryl Carleton is an assistant professor of Economics at Villanova University.

How Walkouts at Amazon Mirror Retail Strikes Through History


Sally Scholz, a professor of philosophy at Villanova University, said consumers can help by changing their purchasing habits to buy only what is essential now.

Would you give up health or location data to return to work?

The Associated Press

Collecting data should complement, but not substitute for, well-managed public health interventions, said Deborah Seligsohn, a political scientist at Villanova University.

Americans Most Likely to Be Infected: the Faithful, Jailed or Old

Bloomberg News

Governments can close places of worship, as long as sects aren’t singled out, said Michael Moreland, a professor of law and religion at Villanova University in Pennsylvania.

For Those Of Us Working From Home: It’s Time For The New Normal


After just a few weeks of working from home, people started to realize that we are in this for much longer. By Joyce E. A. Russell, the Dean of the Villanova School of Business.

How Safe Is It To Eat Takeout?

National Public Radio

Cooking at high-enough temperatures kills viruses, says Elizabeth Mills, a registered dietitian at the Villanova University College of Nursing, in Villanova, Pa. "There's much we don't know about the survivability of the virus on surfaces, including food," she says.

Ghost constituents: The United States census has an inmate problem

The Economist

A 2018 study by Brianna Remster and Rory Kramer, two Villanova University sociologists, found that if prison-based gerrymandering were done away with and the incarcerated were counted where they lived before they went to prison, several districts with prisons would lose representation and several urban districts would gain it.

Youth Political Engagement Depends on Teachers, Extracurricular Activities

U.S. News & World Report

Students who have a voice in classrooms are more likely to become activists and engaged citizens. Jerusha Conner, Ph.D., is an associate professor of education at Villanova University and author of the book “The New Student Activists.”

Does sweat carry germs? It's unlikely to transmit viruses

Business Insider

Our bodies are filled with microbes, and our hands are particularly germy, says Joseph Comber, PhD, a biologist who studied immunology and microbial pathogenesis at Villanova University.

For Shut-In Pilgrims, the World’s Holiest Sites Are a Click Away

The New York Times

“If someone wanted to see these locations, or, better yet, if they wanted to get themselves into the spirit of their sacred season, they could set up a virtual pilgrimage to all the papal basilicas,” said Dr. Frank Klassner, a computer science professor at Villanova who has helped oversee the project.

Swamped ERs Mean Opportunity and Danger for Home-Care Industry


Home-health agencies are telling workers to screen new patients by telephone for Covid-19 symptoms when they call for service and prior to each visit, said Melissa O’Connor, an associate professor at Villanova University’s College of Nursing.

A Timely Model For New Home Buying: Taking The Giant Mark-Ups Out Of Upgrades In A Post- Corona Virus World


Hilton also observes that a large majority of their buyers still upgrade, but recognize that they are getting good value because the builder is purchasing fewer option in larger quantities. By Charles Taylor, the John A. Murphy Professor of Marketing at the Villanova School of Business.

What will come in the aftermath of coronavirus for economy? I’d worry about stagflation


On Sunday, the Federal Reserve implemented an emergency cut in the federal funds rate to a range between 0% and 0.25% and launched quantitative easing with $700 billion of asset purchases. Victor Li is a professor of economics at Villanova School of Business.

‘Only a Matter of Time.’ At This Washington State Immigrant Detention Center, Attorneys Believe a Coronavirus Outbreak Is Inevitable


Ruth McDermott-Levy, associate professor and director of the Center for Global and Public Health at Villanova University, says detained individuals are among the groups she and her colleagues at the school’s College of Nursing are most concerned about.

Vatican Opens Archives Of World War II-Era Pope Pius XII


Like many church historians, Massimo Faggioli, who teaches theology at Villanova University, is also curious about Pius' role after World War II, during the Cold War.

Varied Perspectives, Better Solutions: The Case for Diversity in Law School Leadership

National Law Journal

I am happy I found my home at Villanova University, surrounded by people who value diversity, equity and inclusion as integral components of the teaching and learning experience, as a reflection of our University’s Catholic Augustinian values. By Mark C. Alexander, JD, The Arthur J. Kania Dean and Professor of Law at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.

30 years after Americans with Disability Act, college students with disabilities say law is not enough

NBC News

Any barriers, physical or otherwise, can bring up feelings of exclusion, said Christa Bialka, a professor of special education at Villanova University.