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Villanova in the Media

Media Highlights from June-August 2020

Joyce E. A. Russell, Dean of the Villanova School of Business, wrote an article for Forbes on leading in a time of crisis.
Joyce E. A. Russell, Dean of the Villanova School of Business, wrote an article for Forbes on leading in a time of crisis.

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 June-August 2020.

This Team Made a $500 Ventilator—but How Will It Be Used?

WIRED (Story also ran in Kaiser Health News: Link)

Around the same time, C. Nataraj, a Villanova University College of Engineering professor, was hearing from frontline doctors at Philadelphia hospitals fearful of running out of ventilators for Covid-19 patients. Compelled to help, Nataraj put together a volunteer SWAT team of engineering and medical talent to invent the ideal emergency ventilator.

Hurricane Laura packs the strongest winds the region has ever seen — but that's not the biggest threat

CBS News

According to Stephen Strader, a geography professor at Villanova University, increased exposure for people and property along the coasts is likely an even bigger consideration.

Did Betelgeuse Sneeze?

The New York Times

Edward Guinan of Villanova University, who has been tracking Betelgeuse, called the new Hubble data “fantastic,” and said Dr. Dupree’s theory was “a good working hypothesis.” He added: “But I don’t entirely agree that the ‘Mystery’ is now solved.”

Want To Draw Shoppers Back Into Stores? Make Things Easier To Find


My colleagues and I at Villanova University’s School of Business conducted a series of studies (a field study, retail lab studies, online studies) to examine the effect of shopper solutions on consumer responses. …Yoon-Na Cho is an associate professor of marketing at the Villanova School of Business at Villanova University.

A second $1,200 stimulus check is likely, but the IRS still hasn’t ironed out all the glitches from the first one

The Washington Post

“Parents and grandparents must get stimulus payments for their dependents now when so many Americans are not sure how they’re going to pay their bills,” said Christine Speidel, director of Villanova’s law clinic.

Leading In Times Of Crisis


Things keep changing on a daily basis. For employees, it is critical that they have leaders who display the right behaviors and characteristics during a crisis. Joyce E. A. Russell is the Dean of the Villanova School of Business.

With Midtown a Ghost Town, St. Patrick's Struggles On

The New York Times

Matthew Manion, a professor at Villanova University, surveyed 92 of the 177 Catholic dioceses in the United States and said that for most revenue had plunged about 50 percent since March.

How Virginia Woolf Kept Her Brother Alive in Letters

The New Yorker

Hours after watching her twenty-six-year-old brother die, Virginia Stephen wrote a letter to one of her dearest friends. Kamran Javadizadeh is an associate professor of English at Villanova University.

Washington Redskins to review team's controversial name

CBS This Morning

Andrew Brandt is the director of Villanova’s Moorad Center for Sports Law and a former NFL executive. He says other NFL owners may be nudging Snyder.

Isolated Pope Francis Faces Yet Another Setback in Pandemic

The Wall Street Journal

“On some issues the potential for institutional change by Pope Francis seems to have reached a limit,” said Massimo Faggioli, a theologian at Villanova University who has been one of the pope’s most enthusiastic supporters.

'Our society is evolving': What historians and activists are saying about the movement to remove statues

Business Insider

They were erected a generation later when many of the civil rights laws and civil rights progress that was made in the post-Civil War era was beginning to be reversed," Judith Giesberg, a history professor at Villanova University, said.

How Coronavirus Affects Nursing School Admissions

U.S. News & World Report

"For the first time in my career, I feel the world really understands what nurses do, and they really understand how important the contributions of nurses are to health and health care," says Donna Havens, the Connelly endowed dean at Villanova University's Fitzpatrick College of Nursing in Pennsylvania.

Ruling on LGBTQ rights rattles religious conservatives

The Washington Post

Monday’s decision did not settle religious liberty questions that are likely to come up in future employment discrimination cases, said Michael Moreland, a law professor at Villanova University.

How young black voters could break Biden — and why Democrats are worried


Though the convergence of coronavirus, high unemployment, and backlash against police brutality is affecting black people uniquely, it’s a continuation of racism that’s existed for generations, said Camille Burge, a professor of political science at Villanova University who researches the role of emotions in shaping black politics.

Eating an Early Dinner Can Help You Burn Fat, Lower Your Blood Sugar


“Although the study was conducted with young adult, healthy weight volunteers, it provides us with some helpful information to guide eating habits,” said Lisa K. Diewald, MS, RD, LDN, program manager, MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education at Villanova University’s M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing.

A Digital Afterlife for Dime Novels

Wall Street Journal

The website, hosted by Villanova University, already offers access to nearly 10,000 dime novels and story papers… Dime novels were often laden with “exotic plot twists” and “strong coincidences,” said Demian Katz, the Director of Library Technology at Villanova and co-manager of the project.