Villanova in the Media

Media Highlights from December 2018

Forbes and other media outlets covered the news that Villanova University was the most searched place in Google trends for 2018.
Forbes and other media outlets covered the news that Villanova University was the most searched place in Google trends for 2018—showing the positive impact a National Championship can have on a university.

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 December 2018.

Lessons to Investors From Bitcoin's First Decade

U.S. News & World Report

"I think that, right now, those who should think about investing in cryptocurrencies should be those who have an appetite for risk," says John Sedunov, assistant finance professor at Villanova University School of Business.

Roche, Ariosa Defeat Illumina on Prenatal DNA Test Patents

Bloomberg Law

“This case illustrates the fundamental problem of patentable subject matter, that where you draw the line of naturally occurring dictates the outcome,” Michael Risch, associate dean of faculty research and development and professor of law at Villanova University School of Law, told Bloomberg Law Dec. 26.

Vatican spokesman and his deputy resign unexpectedly

The Washington Post

Some Vatican watchers say the press office had lost some of its standing. Massimo Faggioli, a Villanova University professor of theology who has written about the press office, said the Vatican was slow this summer in releasing information about the investigation into resigned Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and about the bombshell allegations by a former Vatican ambassador who said Francis and others knew about and ignored McCar­rick’s alleged abuse of seminarians.

All parishioners want for Christmas is reopening of church

Associated Press (Article picked up by numerous outlets nationally, including ABC

While more of these appeals have been successful in recent years, it has historically been rare for the Vatican to reverse a decision to close or merge a parish, said Patrick Brennan, a law professor at Villanova University in Pennsylvania who has studied Catholic Church law.

Is Smart Technology Making Us Dumb?

Scientific American

Brett Frischmann is the Charles Widger Endowed University Professor in Law, Business and Economics, Villanova University. His latest book is Re-Engineering Humanity (Cambridge University Press 2018).

Criminal Justice Reform Senate Vote


Senator Cory Booker: It is a system that inflicts poverty by concentrating its attacks on low income neighborhoods. In fact, according to a study from Villanova University, the poverty rate in all of America would be 20 percent lower, if we had incarceration rates in line with our industrial peers.

Apple Revenue Streams Better Be Good


In January of this year I asked, “What Happened to Apple?” In spite of the rising price of its stock at the time, I argued that Apple was somehow “different” now and that the difference would eventually impact their ability to grow. 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.

Nixon all over again: Trump's Fed-bashing and interest-rate panic will cause a recession, not prevent one


President Donald Trump's tweet on Monday morning admonishing the Federal Reserve for even thinking about raising interest rates amplified his recent criticism of Fed Chair Jerome Powell, and just a day before the Fed begins its two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting to decide whether to go ahead with another increase. By Victor Li, associate professor of economics at the Villanova School of Business.

Google Releases Top Trending Search Terms Of 2018 And Your Name Isn't One Of Them


Google has released its annual "Year in Search Data", which can be found on its trends page along with a fresh video journey through 2018 in search. While most of the tech blogs are focusing on the overall top trending search items, there is just as much if not more value to be found in the what, how, where and who of it all. But people sure did want to know where Villanova University is (it's in Pennsylvania). Or perhaps they were reacting to Villanova's sleep texting study.

Fewer Students Are Majoring in History, But We’re Asking the Wrong Questions About Why


From debates over Confederate monuments to battles over America’s leadership in the world, understanding today’s contemporary challenges requires historical knowledge and historical perspective. Yet a new report by Benjamin Schmidt and the American Historical Association has revealed that a much smaller. By Jason Steinhauer, director of the Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University.

Do you 'sleep text'? Study finds latest tech condition can lead to strange messages sent during the night that people don't remember writing

The Daily Mail (UK)

Sleeping with your phone next to your pillow is a bad habit, but researchers have found it can lead to even worse behavior. Millennials are increasingly falling prey to 'sleep texting,' a new study from Villanova University has found. A growing number of college-aged students are texting people as they drift off to sleep.

Villanova creates virtual tour of chapel used exclusively by the pope

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Since 2009, Villanova University professors and student interns have gone to the Vatican to create virtual tours of the holiest of spaces, including the Sistine Chapel, the Basilica of St. John Lateran and the Basilica of St. Peter. Their latest project, three years in the making, takes viewers inside the Redemptoris Mater Chapel, which is used exclusively by the pope for prayer and special masses for small groups.

A truce in U.S.-China trade war, but no peace treaty

CBS News

President Donald Trump is touting a thaw in U.S.-China trade relations as a breakthrough, saying in a tweet that it represents a "BIG leap forward" and that "very good things will happen." But experts -- and even White House advisers -- were more cautious in describing the cease-fire. … "You've got five major areas that the U.S. wants concessions on. I don't know how that's achieved within 90 days," said Michelle Casario, an assistant professor of economics at Villanova University, in an interview with CBS MoneyWatch.

New study says sleep texting is a thing — and 72 percent of those who do it don't remember

Yahoo! News

For most people, sleeping is a time when you lay down, rest your head, and stay there until you wake up again. But for a select few, it can be a time when they eat, talk, and, apparently…text. That’s the major takeaway from a new Villanova University study. For the study, which was published in the Journal of American College of Health, researchers surveyed 372 students at two separate universities in 2013 on their sleep quality and cell phone use while they slept.