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Falvey Scholars: Outstanding Undergraduate Research

Congratulations to this year’s Falvey Scholars! Their research was presented in the Library on Friday, Apr. 29.

Monica Mazzoli (English) – “Parting the ‘mystic shade’: Poetic Imagination and Prophetic Interpretation in Lucy Hutchinson’s Order and Disorder and John Milton’s Paradise Lost.” (Lauren Shohet, Ph.D., faculty mentor; Michael Berthold, Ph.D., second reader)




Eric R. Bifolck (Economics) – “How Much is Too Much? The Effect of Malpractice Premiums on the Supply of Obstetricians/Gynecologists within New York.” (Mary Kelly, Ph.D., faculty mentor)




Kristopher Doll (Mechanical Engineering) – “Evaluation of Elastic Modulus of Hydroxyapatite-Nanocomposites for Bone Implants Using Finite Element Method.” (Ani Ural, Ph.D., faculty mentor)




Lynz J. Parker, BS (Nursing) – “Health and health care correlates of lower back pain and selected mental health alterations among adult respondents to the 2008 National Health Interview Survey.” (Nancy Sharts-Hopko, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, faculty mentor)




Ronald Ballouz (Astronomy and Astrophysics) – “Disk Accretion onto White Dwarfs in Cataclysmic Variables” and “The Shrinking Orbi of the Exoplanet HD 189733b.”  (Edward Sion, Ph.D., and Edward Guinan, Ph.D., faculty mentors)





Digital copies of the winning papers are maintained in the Villanova Digital Library.

Contributed by Alexandra Edwards; photographs by Alice Bampton


Live musical tribute to Pete Seeger on May 3

By Sally J. Scholz, Ph.D.

Happy Birthday, Pete Seeger! Join your friends and colleagues as we celebrate one of America’s best loved singers and songwriters.

Pete Seeger turns 92 on Tuesday, May 3. Stop by the library first floor lounge at noon, enjoy some cake, and sing along with musicians Parris Bradley, John Stovicek and Carol Weiss on banjo, guitar, mandolin and ukelele.

Perhaps best remembered for classic folk songs like “If I Had a Hammer,” “We Shall Overcome,” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” Seeger’s legacy of social activism extends far beyond his music.

For well over 60 years, Seeger has been an outspoken advocate for social justice. He wrote and sang for civil rights in the 1950s and 1960s, spoke on behalf of labor rights and is a consummate environmentalist, peace activist and children’s rights activist.

“Once blacklisted from national television for being unafraid to voice his opinions, he was given the nation’s highest artistic honors at the Kennedy Center in December 1994. In January 1996 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.” (Pete Seeger Appreciation Page)


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