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#TBT: New Beginnings

  • Posted by: Regina Duffy
  • Posted Date: July 19, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”

― T.S. Eliot

Reading Room, Old Falvey

Throwback to 2015, before the renovation of the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room. Cheers to new beginnings!


The Curious ‘Cat: Can I Just Say

There’s nothing better than a summertime stroll with a great podcast streaming through your headphones. This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey Memorial Library staff, “What podcast are you listening to?” 

Laura Hutelmyer, Acquisitions/Electronic Resources Coordinator (left): “Make/Time.” Laura Bang, Distinctive Collections Librarian/Archivist (right): “Can I Just Say.”

Gina Duffy, Communication/Marketing Program Manager, This American Life.”

Michael Sgier, Access & Collections Coordinator: “Travis Bickle On The Riviera.”

Joanne Quinn, Director Communication / Marketing: “All The Books.”

Chris Hallberg, Library Technology Developer: “The Memory Place.”


Chillax with our Anything is Popsicle Word Search

There was a time – like back in 2017 – when the animal you’d be most likely to give a high five to during National Ice Cream Month would be the dairy cow. But as you know, Nova Nation, this is 2018 when anything can and will happen. So this year, America’s favorite mammalian mascot for all things frozen delicacy is…the unicorn! Don’t believe us? Search #unicornicecream. Check out Time magazine. Go to Target. We’ll wait.

We also want to recommend a trip to Penn State’s Creamery next time you’re in Happy Valley. We remember our visits there so fondly after a library conference or two! We’ve featured three of their most iconic flavors in our word search.

In the meantime, cool off and relax this afternoon with our new ice cream-flavored word search. Download and print from here, or pick one up at the library’s front desk. Have fun – but don’t get any frosty swirly edible glitter bits stuck in your keyboard!

Craving more sugary goodness? Dig deeper into the history, science, and technology of ice cream with these resources from Falvey’s collection:

Ice Cream

Of Sugar and Snow: A History of Ice Cream Making

Ice Cream: A Global History

Links provided by Deborah Bishov, Falvey’s Social Sciences/Instructional Design Librarian, and ice cream enthusiast.


Foto Friday: Summer League Basketball…sort of

  • Posted by: Joanne Quinn
  • Posted Date: July 13, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News


This photo is obviously not from Lands’ End, but like our favorite catalog of classic American clothes, it also features fetching summer fashion!  Actually, this photo is from an album of photographs and newspaper clippings covering the act Basketball on Bicycles as performed by The Oxford Trio, which toured in 1914-16.  And it’s included here, because we know that true Villanovans appreciate basketball in any form! By the way, have you been watching our old buddies Josh, Mikal, Ryan, et. al. in the NBA Summer League!? So awesome!!

Anyway… in case your cable is out and you can’t make it to Vegas, you’ll find this item and many dozens more currently on display on the library’s first floor as part of  the Timeless Treasures: Recent Acquisitions in Distinctive Collections exhibit! Curated by Laura Bang, Digital and Special Collections Curatorial Assistant, it’s up for a limited time. But hurry in – just like basketball season, summer flies by!



#TBT: Working Hard in the Reading Room

  • Posted by: Regina Duffy
  • Posted Date: July 12, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News
“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”

-Vince Lombardi

old falvey, reading room, 1964

Throwback to October of 1964 and a jam packed Reading Room! The students were working hard.

Photo credit: University Archives

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The Curious ‘Cat: Beat the Heat With These Cool Books

The Curious ‘Cat is bracing for another heatwave! Stocking up on books to read in the air conditioned Falvey Memorial Library, the ‘Cat asked Falvey staff, “What was the last book you read?” 

Dave Uspal, Library Technology Developer: “I Took the Moon for a Walk by Carolyn Curtis. I read it with my kids.”
Brian Warren, Library Technology Developer: “Captive Paradise by James L. Haley.”
Caroline Sipio, Access & Collections Coordinator: “Mindy Kaling’s first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).

Sarah Wingo, English Literature/Theatre Librarian: “Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.”

Robert LeBlanc, First Year Experience/Humanities Librarian: “End of Watch (Bill Hodges Series #3) by Stephen King.”
Laura Hutelmyer, Acquisitions/Electronic Resources Coordinator: “The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner.”


VU Research Spotlight: Kamran Makarian, PhD Candidate, Department of Mechanical Engineering

  • Posted by: Regina Duffy
  • Posted Date: July 9, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

With its robust range of resources, Falvey Memorial Library strives to support scholarly research at Villanova University at all levels and across all disciplines. The University is known for its excellence in both student and faculty research. In fact, Villanova was recently ranked among the Top 50 National Universities by U.S. News and World Report and, in addition, The Carnegie Foundation raised Villanova’s  Classification to the Doctoral Universities category from the Master’s Colleges and Universities category in 2016 due to the higher number of PhDs being awarded by the University. Both the ranking and category change highlight the intellectual growth of Villanova and re-emphasize the growing need for a solid academic library with resources available to help the diverse community of learners meet their research goals.

In response, Falvey continues to strengthen its resources, services and facilities to accommodate Villanova scholars. At the library you can find print and electronic books (list of new resources here); gain access countless scholarly databases both on and offsite (here’s a list from A-Z); participate in librarian research support sessions (one-on-one and class-based); use Interlibrary Loan to get articles/books from libraries around the world; find quiet space for focused study (like the beautiful Dugan Polk Family Reading Room); and even get coffee (!) to fuel you in your research endeavors. For a full list of library services, visit our Services webpage.

In celebration of scholarly research, Falvey would like to recognize Kamran Makarian, PhD Candidate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, on his work in the field and his recent publication: “Thermal shock resistance of refractory composites with Zirconia and Silicon-Carbide inclusions and alumina binder” in Ceramics International. Free access to the paper is available until July 18, 2018, according to the publisher. Check it out by following this link: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1X7nw~2-EvQLs. After July 18, you can visit this alternative link to view: doi.org/10.1016/j.ceramint.2018.03.217, (However, please note that viewing it may no longer be free after July 18.)

“With the goal of designing a castable refractory for an aerospace application with optimum resistance to thermal shock, three different particle-reinforced ceramic composites are designed and compared. Different volume fractions of Silicon Carbide (SiC) particles, Zirconia (ZrO2) bubbles, and Zirconia solid particles dispersed in an alumina (Al2O3) matrix are used in the fabrication of these castables. Destructive and nondestructive testing procedures are implemented to evaluate their thermomechanical properties, both before and after a custom designed thermal shock cycle. After demonstrating the applicability of thermal shock indices, the variation of these indices due to thermal shock is measured experimentally and utilized as a design tool. Multiple micro-scale damage mechanisms were observed, all of which are various forms of structural deformation.”

The research was conducted in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Villanova University, by Kamran Makarian, a PhD candidate, and was supervised by Sridhar Santhanam, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering. It was supported in part by a grant from NASA and was accomplished in collaboration with an industrial partner, Advanced Ceramics Manufacturing, Tucson, AZ.

Kamran Makarian, Sridhar Santhanam,

Kamran also credits Falvey for helping him reach his academic goals. He says, “The services that I have received from Falvey Memorial Library undoubtedly have been indispensable to the creation and promotion of this research project. This original paper reviews and cites 63 scientific publications from the year of 1951 to 2016, on various domains pertaining to the thermal shock response of ceramics, including theoretical analysis, experimental testing, microscopy, porosity, etc. Collecting such a large number of references from a wide range of topics has been made convenient through a solid support from our library. Particularly, the interlibrary loan service (ILLIAD) at Falvey Memorial library is an extremely potent and prompt service for collecting resources, which I personally rely on significantly.”

Kamran says, “Since fall 2017, through multiple meetings with Dr. Janice Bially Mattern, I succeeded to dramatically improve my professional utilization of the social media. Furthermore, on April 6, 2018, Janice Bially Mattern and Alfred Fry delivered a fascinating lecture on the topic of “online visibility” at the college of engineering. Thanks to this practical talk, I learned multiple new techniques for improving the impact of my research, and ways to avoid common pitfalls. This has been the most effective training that I have received at Villanova University on the generic research-related topics, and I hope that this line of collaboration between library and college of engineering will continue in the future.”

kamran makarian

While it is evident that a lot of effort has gone into this project, Kamran believes that there is still work to be done. He says that he “has focused his PhD research on modeling and analysis of micromechanics and thermal shock response of high-temperature ceramic composites. Although the present research publication mainly benefited from experimental and analytical approaches, the future steps in this research will involve developing novel and advanced Finite Element techniques for analyzing thermal shock response of ceramics. On another note, this research group has previously explored novel analytical techniques for micromechanical homogenization of ceramics with complex microstructures (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ceramint.2016.08.082). In the near future, the results of more advanced Finite Element based micromechanical studies in this line of research will be published.”

kamran makarian's paper, PhD candidate

Falvey Memorial Library is proud to recognize Kamran Makarian and looks forward to see where further exploration will take him on this project. Please check out his paper! Links and details are reiterated below.



Kamran Makarian, Sridhar Santhanam, Zachary N. Wing, “Thermal shock resistance of refractory composites with Zirconia and Silicon-Carbide inclusions and alumina binder,” Ceramics International, Volume 44, Issue 11, 2018, Pages 12055-12064, ISSN 0272-8842, DOI: 10.1016/j.ceramint.2018.03.217

Video summary of Kamran’s work via YouTube:


The following is the link for free access that will be available until July 18:

The following is the general access link:







Foto Friday: Foundations

  • Posted by: Joanne Quinn
  • Posted Date: July 6, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be.

Now put the foundations under them.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Photo of continuing construction of the circular walkway around Mendel Field, which will provide a delightful entrance to Old Falvey Hall. For more on the enhancements to the campus landscape, visit https://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/fmo/engineeringconstr/currentprojects.html  Photo credit: Joanne Quinn

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#TBT: Cheers to College Friendships!

  • Posted by: Regina Duffy
  • Posted Date: July 5, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

“I may not always be with you
But when we’re far apart
Remember you will be with me
Right inside my heart.”
― Marc Wambolt, Poems from the Heart

1988 yearbook pic, belle air, 1988, yearbook, dorm, friends, cheers

Throwback to 1988, when two friends bonded over a favorite show. “Eyes glued to the latest episode of Cheers, Caroline Hasselmann and Nela Latt munch on popcorn, the standard dorm fare.”

Belle Air (1988)


The Curious ‘Cat: Independence Day Fun

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey Memorial Library Staff, “What are your plans for the Fourth of July?” 

Gina Duffy, Communication/Marketing Program Manager: “I plan on taking my kids to our town’s parade. I’m hoping to see some fireworks.”

Michael Sgier, Access Services Specialist II: “I’m going to Sea Isle to spend the day at the shore.”

Robin Bowles, Nursing & Life Sciences Librarian: “I’ll be celebrating my 36th birthday with grilled chicken and strawberry shortcake.”

Sarah Wingo, English Literature/Theatre Librarian: “My friend has a pool, so that’s where I’ll be.”

Lorraine Holt, Finance/Administration Specialist: “I’ll be watching fireworks on the beach in North Carolina.”

Jacqueline Smith, Finance/Administration Specialist: “I’m dog sitting for my son’s dog, Bootsey.”


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