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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
The labor market is changing rapidly with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Cheryl Carleton is an assistant professor of Economics at Villanova University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Any barriers, physical or otherwise, can bring up feelings of exclusion, said Christa Bialka, a professor of special education at Villanova University.