Villanova in the Media

Media Highlights from June 2018

Brett Frischmann, the Charles Widger Endowed University Professor in Law, Business and Economics, Villanova University.
Brett Frischmann, the Charles Widger Endowed University Professor in Law, Business and Economics at Villanova University, wrote an op-ed for Scientific American on "How Facebook Programmed Our Relatives."

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 2018. 

Apple and Samsung settle their epic patent infringement battle

CNNMoney – 06/28/2018

Ultimately, jurors found Samsung had infringed on the majority of the patents in question -- including software features like double-tap zooming and scrolling. Many devices also infringed on hardware style or icon setup. Although "Apple won most of the battles," Samsung found way to "design around" the patents Apple claimed it copied, said Michael Risch, a patent law professor at Villanova University.

Apple, Samsung Declare Peace in Biggest Modern Tech Patent Fight
Bloomberg – 06/27/2018

“This case has been sending toward settlement for some time,” said Michael Risch, a law professor at Villanova University School of Law in Pennsylvania. “This appears to be the final nail, which was waiting for a jury verdict and little headway to be made on appeal.”

Loyola And Villanova's Basketball Success Positively Impacts Both Universities For Years To Come

Forbes – 06/25/2018

The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament might end in March, but its impact is felt on campus for months -- and even years -- after for those who go deep in the tournament … Villanova, which won championships in 2016 and 2018, has had a little longer to study the effects of its run while tacking on the additional impact of a second title in three years.

The Kind of Kid America Needs if We Want a World Cup

The New York Times06/22/2018

The goal itself was not spectacular, beyond the stage it happened on, the team it happened against and the back story of the man who scored it: When the United States opened their 2010 World Cup against England, the match didn’t begin well … According to research conducted by Rick Eckstein, a professor of sociology at Villanova, the sliver of American families with incomes over $100,000 a year “produce 35 percent of youth soccer players. Conversely, the 25 percent of families with incomes below $25,000 account for only 13 percent of youth soccer players.”

How Facebook Programmed Our Relatives

Scientific American 06/21/2018

Three years ago, on his birthday, a law professor watched his e-mail inbox fill with Facebook notifications indicating that friends had posted messages on his wall. The messages made him sad. The clogged inbox was annoying, but what really upset him was having disclosed his birth date to Facebook in the first place … by Brett Frischmann, the Charles Widger Endowed University Professor in Law, Business and Economics, Villanova University.

Why bitcoin exchanges keep getting hacked — and how to protect yourself

Washington Post 06/21/2018

The price of bitcoin took a tumble early Wednesday after a major South Korea-based cryptocurrency exchange, Bithumb, admitted that hackers made off with more than $31 million worth of virtual currency … "Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have risen dramatically in popularity and value over the past few years," said John Sedunov, an assistant professor of finance at Villanova University.

U.S.-China trade war is bad news for consumers

CBS News 06/20/2018

President Trump's threat to impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion in Chinese goods, followed by Beijing's swift vow to retaliate, has jangled investor nerves and elicited concern from a range of industries … The "consumer pays more, not just more for imported cars, but domestic cars," said Michelle Casario, an assistant professor of economics at Villanova University. "The benefits are limited to the actual firm and the costs are spread throughout to consumers.”

Gravitational “Echoes” Could Reveal Colliding Wormholes

Scientific American 06/20/2018

When two wormholes collide, they could produce ripples in space-time that ricochet off themselves. Future instruments could detect these gravitational “echoes,” providing evidence that these hypothetical tunnels through space-time actually exist, a new paper suggests … “But what comes out is random,” said Amber Stuver, an astrophysicist at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, who was not involved in the new research. The radiation contains no clue as to what went into the black hole.

NBA Draft could be one big Villanova talent show

Boston Globe 06/20/2018

Villanova surged to a national championship this season with one of the most dominant runs in NCAA Tournament history. The Wildcats won each of their six tourney games by 12 points or more, including their 79-62 victory over Michigan in the title game. It is little surprise, then, that Thursday’s NBA Draft will be quite Villanova-centric.

World Health Organization says video game addiction is a disease. Why American psychiatrists don't

The Los Angeles Times 06/19/2018

The World Health Organization has made it official: digital games can be addictive, and those addicted to them need help. … But very few — between 0.3% and 1.0% of the general population — might qualify for a diagnosis of internet gaming disorder, according to the 2017 report in the American Journal of Psychiatry. "Video game addiction might be a real thing,” psychologists Patrick M. Markey of Villanova University and Christopher J. Ferguson of Stetson University wrote in a commentary accompanying that study.

Bridges learned value of patience at Villanova 06/18/2018

Mikal Bridges explains how earning playing time at Villanova helped mold him and how he keeps his game efficient.

Miss America Changes

Voice of America 06/13/2018

It is the oldest beauty pageant in the United States, but now you won’t be able to call it that anymore … for some perspective on this issue I talked with Terri Boyer, she’s the founding director of the Villanova University Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Bummed by Starbucks' price hike? Here's how much it costs to make your coffee

NBC News 06/11/2018

You may want to spend an extra minute or two savoring your next cup of Joe from Starbucks … Additionally, as Jonathan Doh, PhD, professor of management & operations, international business department chair; associate dean of research and faculty director of the center for global leadership at Villanova School of Business points out, the price increase was probably planned well before the scandal that led to the training.

Wells Fargo isn't the only bank with fake accounts, regulators say

CNN Money – 06/06/2018

Wells Fargo isn't the only bank where heavy sales pressure led employees to open fake accounts … "It's certainly troubling that this appears to be more widespread than one bank," said John Sedunov, a finance professor at Villanova.

Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Colorado Baker In Cakeshop Case

National Public Radio 06/04/2018

The Supreme Court ruled Monday in the case of the baker who wouldn’t make a wedding cake for a gay couple. In a 7-2 decision, justices decided in favor of the Colorado baker. This has been one of the most watched-for rulings this session with big implications for free speech and religious and gay rights … program guests include Michael Moreland, professor of law and religion and director of the McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy at Villanova University.

Our nation thrives on respect of the justice system, not impeachment

The Hill 06/01/2018

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon rule on cases involving gerrymandering—the age-old practice of drawing district lines to help one’s political fortunes. They may ultimately set the standards, but still the question is what follows. Here in Pennsylvania, we saw one reaction that we must avoid … Mark C. Alexander is the Arthur J. Kania Dean and Professor of Law at Villanova University's Charles Widger School of Law.

‘Barbaric’: America’s cruel history of separating children from their parents

Washington Post 06/01/2018

A mother unleashed a piercing scream as her baby was ripped from her arms during a slave auction. Even as a lash cut her back, she refused to put her baby down and climb atop an auction block … Those ads are now being digitized in a project called “Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery,” which is run by Villanova University’s graduate history program in collaboration with Philadelphia’s Mother Bethel AME Church.