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The Curious Cat: Which of the following changes to the Library would you most like to see?

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This week, in the spirit of upcoming finals week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students a multiple choice question: “Which of the following changes to the Library would you most like to see?

1. A green roof on Falvey Hall, next to the Library’s fourth-floor windows
2. Adirondack chairs for the porch outside of Falvey Hall
3. A Mezzanine for additional study space in Falvey Hall’s Reading Room
4. Your own idea

Timothy ConcannonTimothy Concannon—“I would go with the additional study space. . . . More space to study in is probably the best bet . . . I think this is the most useful.”

 

 

 

 

 

Cierra BelinCierra Belin—“I would like the mezzanine . . . because I find that there is not enough space to study when finals come around . . . more study space would be ideal for the students.”

 

 

 

 

 

Serena GrewalSerena Grewal—“I think probably the additional study space . . . would be most useful for all students. . . . I just think that a lot of students would like extra study space.”

 

 

 

 

 

RS8956_DSC_3326-scrJohn Garvey—“I would like to go with the green roof because  . . . the green roof serves a lasting, practical purpose in terms of having more space to plant plants. In the long run it’s going to help the environment . . . this improvement would be more lasting, affect something outside of the immediate student body . . . This would have an impact on the whole planet, even in a small way. ”

 

 

Andrew KimAndrew Kim—“I would say the mezzanine for extra study space because I see people struggling to find a seat . . . the upstairs fills up really quickly. I think everyone could use extra study space in the Library.”

 

 

 

 

RS8963_DSC_3334-scrGabi Im—“I definitely think that more spaces to study are necessary, especially during finals time and midterms, or just in general when it’s really busy . . . I would definitely go with more study space.”


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Mood Board: Falvey Scholar Nicholas Ader

This week, we are featuring the 2015 Falvey Scholars and giving you the chance to get to know these bright young adults up close and personal. Not only are they very smart – they’re very interesting! Just last week, Falvey Memorial Library, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, and the Honors Program announced the 2015 Falvey Scholars Award winners: Katie Kline, Elizabeth Long, Jessica Swoboda, Nicholas Ader, Joseph Schaadt and John Szot. These six remarkable senior students have been selected from a pool of candidates from various disciplines for their outstanding undergraduate student research projects at Villanova University. Click here for a listing of their projects as presented at the 2015 Falvey Scholars Awards Presentation and Reception Ceremony.

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Featuring Nicholas Ader
Nicholas Ader

Graduating this May, Nicholas Ader will further his studies in biology and biochemistry through a co-mentored PhD program at the University of Cambridge and the National Institutes of Health through his NIH-Marshall Scholarship. He plans to study the cellular basis for neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s.

Project Title: “Comparison of Human Nrf2 Antibodies: A Tale of Two Proteins” and “Novel Activators of the Nrf2 Pathway: A Quinone Alone?”


I am inspired by the endless possibilities to discover, not only in science, but also in the lives of other people through conversation and companionship.

If I could be any person for a day, I’d be Pete Souza, the Presidential Photographer.

My favorite Villanova memory is too hard to identify.

While working on my research project, I was challenged by finding a balance between being a full-time student and a scientist. Between coursework and experiments, it’s hard to find time for anything else!

Today I’m feeling the color green.

Jason Isbell via Wikimedia Commons

Jason Isbell via Wikimedia Commons

I’m listening to Jason Isbell. It’s usually Taylor Swift in the lab.

One Summer Adventure I’m daydreaming about is an epic road trip with my friends out West. We’re calling it “Take the West with No Rest.”

Happiness is making a friend smile.

Everyone should know how to put themselves in the shoes of another person.

I am amazed by the dedication of my fellow Villanovans striving continuously to make the world a better place.

Thanks, Nicholas!


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Mood Board: Falvey Scholar John Szot

This week, we are featuring the 2015 Falvey Scholars and giving you the chance to get to know these bright young adults up close and personal. Not only are they very smart – they’re very interesting! Just last week, Falvey Memorial Library, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, and the Honors Program announced the 2015 Falvey Scholars Award winners: Katie Kline, Elizabeth Long, Jessica Swoboda, Nicholas Ader, Joseph Schaadt and John Szot. These six remarkable senior students have been selected from a pool of candidates from various disciplines for their outstanding undergraduate student research projects at Villanova University. Click here for a listing of their projects as presented at the 2015 Falvey Scholars Awards Presentation and Reception Ceremony.

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Featuring John Szot
John Szot

John Szot is a Senior Biology and English major from Keene, New Hampshire. He works in the Curry lab, which studies the hybrid zone between Black-capped and Carolina chickadees about an hour north of Villanova. He enjoys fishing, reading, and playing the piano.

Project Title: “Song Recognition in Black-Capped and Carolina Chickadee Hybrids: An Experimental Approach”


I am inspired by William Carlos Williams. Also, actor-firefighter Steve Buscemi.

If I could be any person for a day, I’d be Daniel Day-Lewis, which I guess means I’d be whoever Daniel Day-Lewis decided to be that day.

My favorite Villanova memory is the Special Olympics Fall Festival, every year.

While working on my research project, I was challenged by perfecting the art of self-discipline. With no deadlines or constant professorial oversight, I found I really needed to learn to put the onus on myself to come into the lab and get work done.

Today I’m feeling the color Crayola macaroni orange.

I’m listening to Startalk, with Neil Degrasse Tyson. And Run the Jewels. Definitely Run the Jewels.

One Summer Adventure I’m daydreaming about is finally getting to jump from the highest rock at the Fitzwilliam quarry.

Happiness is faith, family, and friends.

Everyone should know that there’s a proper way to tie your shoes.

I am amazed by waterbears, waterfalls, and Waterloo.

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Waterbear via Wikimedia Commons

Thanks, John!


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Jenny Lee: Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards contestant

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To honor the University’s Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards, the Library is publishing contestants’ poems or prose excerpts on Falvey’s blog. The Library also has created posters for the contestants’ poems or prose excerpts, which will be displayed throughout the library’s first floor.

The contest includes both poetry and prose (fiction or creative non-fiction). The Department of English will announce the Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards winners at its annual awards ceremony.


Newark
by Jenny Lee

When we drive home,
we pass through Newark
where the factory lamps
burn against the oily night,
like lanterns hung
on the branches of a winter tree.

Sitting in the passenger’s seat
of your car, drowsy from
the warmth of the heater and my
knitted scarf, I think those lights
are so beautiful,
I could cry.

Once, I confessed this to you,
and you laughed.
“Don’t you see the dirty fumes
coming from the factories?”
My cheeks grew hot
and I didn’t mention the lights again.

But the next time we drove home,
we passed
through Newark,
and I was sleeping
in the passenger’s seat when
you woke me gently to say,
“Look. Your favorite lights.”


Jenny Lee, a Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards contestant, says “‘Newark’ was inspired by all the times I drove by the Newark/Elizabeth area during nighttime. The view of all the factory lights always struck me as intensely beautiful, despite knowing the area is extremely polluted in reality. The strange dissonance remained with me, and I felt the need to put it into a poem.”

Jenny Lee is an English major from Haworth, New Jersey. She enjoys “being with friends, going to coffee shops, and eating breakfast foods at night.”


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Foto Friday: To learn something, and to give something back…

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Undergraduate research – undergraduate research! Still shaking my head that four short years ago these brilliant scholars were still in high school! This morning, members of the Villanova community were riveted by amazing examples of why we’re proud to be Wildcats when these six students presented the senior thesis projects that earned them Falvey Scholar honors this year. From Virginia Woolf to the horrors of human trafficking, from the intricacies of the human cell to keeping vast data centers cool, and from home genetic testing to avian acoustics (specifically, chickadees), these gifted students not only shared their research findings, but also displayed excellent teaching and storytelling skills to somehow make these diverse and complicated subjects compelling and accessible to the audience.

In his closing remarks, Villanova University President Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS reminded us that the goal of higher education is to learn something and then to give something back. The purpose of programs such as Falvey Scholars, in recognizing student scholarship, is to highlight how students work with professors to “take what they taught me and make it something brilliant.”

Congratulations again to the 2015 Falvey Scholars, here posing with Father Peter (L-R) Elizabeth Long, John Szot, Katie Kline, Joseph Schaadt, Nicholas Ader and Jessica Swoboda.

Click here to ‘relive’ the event through tweets through the Storify app.


Photo by Alice Bampton.


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (4/24)

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Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

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2015 Falvey Scholars Awards Presentation & Reception Ceremony: 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room 205. At this event, Falvey Scholars award recipients will give short presentations on the content and findings of the research involved in the writing of the thesis or in the creation of the project report. Presentations will be followed with a closing by University President Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS in which he will focus attention on the importance of both undergraduate and graduate research on campus. He will also highlight another significant event concerning the recognition and celebration of student research—the Sigma Xi Research 2015 event, which will take place in the Connelly Center immediately following Falvey Scholars. Falvey Scholars attendees will be invited to visit Connelly for the Sigma Xi event. Refreshments will be served throughout the program.For more information about Falvey Scholars: http://library.villanova.edu/about/projects/falveyscholars/ For information about the Sigma Xi 2015 event: http://www.csc.villanova.edu/~sigmaxi/events/index.html

Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club Meeting: 2:30 p.m., First Floor Lounge. Join the VEEC (aka game club) most Fridays during the semester from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the first-floor lounge for some fun! The VEEC is a social club, focused on recreation and relaxation. Participants gather once a week to play video games in a safe and fun environment. The VEEC also has the pleasure of participating in video game activities, such as tournaments and expositions, and is always accepting new members! For more information, contact Regina Duff


THAT NEW BOOK SMELL: NEW HOLDINGS AT FALVEY

francis repair churchFrancis, repair my church is written by John Edgar Raub, who was a Catholic priest for 10 years and a monk for 28 years. He left the monastery in 2000 to return to parish life and has since been married for 14 years. His book, according to one reviewer, is “a sensitive call for reform and renewal in the Catholic church today.”

 

 


EBOOK WEEK
EARTHBOOKS
Green Press Initiative (GPI) is a non-profit program which takes a collaborative approach towards working with publishers, printers, paper manufacturers and others in the book and newspaper industries to minimize social and environmental impacts, including impacts on endangered forests, impacts on climate change, and impacts on communities where paper fiber is sourced. According to the organization, paper production requires large quantities of energy, making it the fourth largest industrial source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.

In commemoration of the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, celebrated this year on Wednesday, April 22, we will feature an ebook, one of hundreds of thousands available to Falvey patrons. User interface, licensing polices and access varies from publisher to publisher – and we’re the first to admit that it can be confusing – so feel free to contact a librarian when you need help navigating or downloading any e-resources you find in our catalog.

In order to access ebooks, enter your desired search terms as usual. When your results are returned, go to the “Refine Search” function in the right column, and click the “Internet” choice. This will then return only digitally accessible items.

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Today’s ebook is Cotton: The Fabric that Made the Modern World by Giorgio Riello.  This is a fascinating and insightful story which ranges from Asian and European technologies and African slavery to cotton plantations in the Americas and consumer desires across the globe.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

“In Georgia where children work day and night in the cotton mills they have just passed a bill to protect song birds. What about the little children from whom all song is gone?”


HAVE A GREAT DAY!

If you have ideas for inclusion in The 8:30 or to Library News in general, you’re invited to send them to joanne.quinn@villanova.edu.


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‘Cat in the Stacks: Journals by the Poolside (Try BrowZine!)

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 I’m Michelle Callaghan, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is our column, “‘Cat in the Stacks.” I’m the ‘cat. Falvey Memorial Library is the stacks. I’ll be posting about living that scholarly life, from research to study habits to embracing your inner-geek, and how the library community might aid you in all of it.


Every so often, you’ll have classmates or colleagues who seem to know so much trendy information about your shared field and you’ll wonder when these fine folks have the time and how they have the energy to read for fun on top of studies and working hours. (Hint: they’re cyborgs. I wasn’t supposed to tell you that. Don’t make eye contact.)

Of course, there are the lucky breed of academics whose work is their studies and whose studies are their hobbies and whose hobbies are their tasks. But that’s not everyone, and you certainly shouldn’t feel bad if that sort of overlap is not your experience. The average person can stay just as in-the-know with certain information routines that hardly take extra time out of their days.

Combining your academic interests with your social media pursuits is a solid option. The cosmic harmony achieved when a Star Wars meme is counterbalanced by a Shakespeare article promoted by JSTOR’s Facebook page is quite satisfying. Tons of academic journals, databases, and organizations have a social media presence, and following them alongside your fun favorites is an excellent way to stay on top of the academic buzz—and hardly noticing you’re feeding your brain. Search Twitter or Facebook or Instagram or whatever platform you can think of for database names or journal organizations, and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

Especially during nice summer walks and runs and lounging in the sun on the beach, podcasts are quick and easy ways to stay in the loop.

You can use apps like Feedly to subscribe to different sites and blogs.

Last but certainly not least, check out BrowZine, because we have a trial until May 15th and it’s pretty super cool. Straight from the creators, “BrowZine works by organizing the articles found in Open Access and subscription databases, uniting them into complete journals, then arranging these journals on a common newsstand. The result is an easy and familiar way to browse, read and monitor scholarly journals across the disciplines.” Oooooooooo. Now, if you’re anything like me, logging into Villanova’s site and checking out the catalog on a computer to print out a journal article is not exactly something that screams leisure and poolside reading. But put it on my phone or tablet, and I’m there! Not only that—journal articles waste a whole lot of paper if you want to be mobile with your academia! In honor of Earth Day, perhaps its time to use BrowZine as your stepping stone to an ecofriendly research experience.

As you can see…

cat ipad…my alternate tablet activities without BrowZine are decidedly less, uh, elevated.


Article by Michelle Callaghan, graduate assistant on the Communication and Service Promotion team. She is currently pursuing her MA in English at Villanova University.


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2015 Falvey Scholars Awards Presentation & Reception Ceremony: Recognizing Outstanding Undergraduate Research at Villanova

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Falvey Memorial Library, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, and the Honors Program are pleased to announce the 2015 Falvey Scholars Award winners: Katie Kline, Elizabeth Long, Jessica Swoboda, Nicholas Ader, Joseph Schaadt and John Szot. These six remarkable senior students have been selected from a pool of candidates from various disciplines for their outstanding undergraduate student research projects at Villanova University.

Later this week, these students will be recognized at our 2015 Falvey Scholars Awards Presentation and Reception Ceremony, which is a public event, open to all. Award recipients will give brief presentations on the content and findings of the research involved in the writing of the thesis or creation of their winning project report at the event, which will be taking place in Falvey Memorial Library’s room 205 on Friday, April 24 from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Vice President of Academic Affairs, Rev. Kail C. Ellis, OSA, PhD, will give opening remarks at the event and the scholars will then present their work to the Villanova Community.

The following projects will be presented:

Student: Jessica Swoboda
Title: “Woolf and Waugh: Blurring the Distinction Between the Religious and the Secular”
Mentors: Dr. Helena Tomko and Dr. Megan Quigley
Presentation Time: 9:15 a.m.

Student: Nicholas Ader
Title: “Comparison of Human Nrf2 Antibodies: A Tale of Two Proteins” and “Novel Activators of the Nrf2 Pathway: A Quinone Alone?”
Mentor: Dr. Aimee Eggler
Presentation Time: 9:45 a.m.

Student: Joseph Schaadt
Title: “Load Capacity and Thermal Efficiency Optimization of a Research Data Center Using Computational Modeling”
Mentors: Dr. Aaron Wemhoff, Dr. Kamran Fouladi, Dr. Alfonso Ortega and Dr. Joseph Pigeon
Presentation Time: 10:15 a.m.

Student: Katie Kline
Title: “What to Know About Home Genetic-Test Kits”
Mentor: Dr. Theresa Capriotti
Presentation Time: 10:45 a.m.

Student: Elizabeth Long
Title: “Nurses’ Perceptions of Human Trafficking in an Urban Emergency Department: A Qualitative Study”
Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth B. Dowdell, RN, PhD, FAAN
Presentation Time: 11:15 a.m.

Student: John Szot
Title: “Song Recognition in Black-Capped and Carolina Chickadee Hybrids: An Experimental Approach”
Mentor: Dr. Robert Curry
Presentation Time: 11:45 a.m.

Once the Scholars’ presentations have been completed, University President, Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS will give closing remarks at the event. A continental breakfast will also be served throughout the program. Be sure to stop by the event to help us celebrate the 2015 Falvey Scholars!

Falvey Scholars is one of the keynote events during Villanova’s Spring Research Exposition, or EXPO ’15. This is the second annual week-long celebration of research on campus, taking place from April 20-April 24. Tons of ACS-approved events are available for participation. Make sure to check out the detailed schedule for a full list of highlighted events!


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Dig Deeper: Earth Day 2015

earthblogHappy Earth Day! Today at 10:00 a.m. a panel discussion on working towards sustainable solutions will be held in Speakers’ Corner of Falvey Memorial Library. Panelists who have devoted their careers to some aspect of sustainability will discuss their work. The challenges and opportunities of working daily to address environmental issues will be discussed. Questions and discussion between panelists and the audience are encouraged. A light continental breakfast will be provided.

Panelists will include the following:

JoAnn Garbin KnowE, Aircuity, Sustainable Business Network

David Masur PennEnvironment

Brenda Gotanda Manko Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP

Rob Fleming Engineering & Design Institute, Philadelphia University

Adam Agalloco Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

*Moderated by Liesel Schwarz, Villanova University Sustainability Manager*

This event, co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Earth Day Committee, is free and open to the public.

See here for more acitivties in celebration of Earth Day 2015 at Villanova University.

To dig deeper into Earth Day celebrations, sustainability and climate resources, and to get involved, check out the links below selected by Merrill Stein, liaison librarian for geography and political science.


Dig Deeper

United States/North America

Earth Day Across America – see what’s happening in your state
Original Earth Day - on the first Earth Day
Climate Central – sea level rise
EPA Earth Day
North American Carbon Program – interagency coordinated program

International

International Mother Earth Day
Earth Day Network – economic growth and sustainability join hands
http://www.climatecentral.org/news/archive/2015
World Health Day – World Health Organization
Global Citizen Earth Day
http://www.earthday.org/greencities/events/
GEO Carbon Strategy
Economic Growth and Sustainable Development

Tools and Social Media

Facebook Earth Day – It’s our turn to lead
Carbon Tracker – NOAA
Globe at Night – impact of light pollution

 

Past Falvey Blogs

2011

2014


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Dig Deeper links selected by Merrill Stein, liaison librarian for geography and political science.


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (4/23)

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Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

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2015 Earth Day Panel Discussion: 10:00 a.m. in Speakers’ Corner. In honor of Earth Day, we will hold a panel discussion on working towards sustainable solutions. Panelists who have devoted their careers to some aspect of sustainability will discuss their work. The challenges and opportunities of working daily to address environmental issues will be discussed. Questions and discussion between panelists and the audience are encouraged. A light continental breakfast will be provided. For more information, contact Liesel Schwarz.

2015 Concept Release Party: 2:30 p.m. in room 205. Join us as we celebrate the publication of CONCEPT: Villanova University’s Interdisciplinary Journal of Graduate Studies. Editors, authors and peer-reviewers involved in the project will be recognized for their contributions. Light refreshments will be served. For more information about CONCEPT, please visit: http://concept.journals.villanova.edu

Search, Capture, Done: Bibliographies Made Easy with Zotero! 4:00 p.m. in room 207. Are you still hand-copying references and typing bibliographies the old-fashioned way? Here’s your chance to learn how to use the powerful citation management tool Zotero. With just a couple of clicks, capture references from databases and search engines and then generate a bibliography in the style of your choice. Get subject search help too! Open to students, faculty, and staff. Can’t decide between Zotero and RefWorks? Watch this 1-minute video for an intro to both: http://tinyurl.com/refworkszotero Bring your laptop or Mac. Register by contacting barbara.quintiliano@villanova.edu (or just drop in). NOTE: Before coming to the session, install Zotero on your Mac or laptop by following these instructions:http://tinyurl.com/installzotero.Can’t make this session? Book an individual session with Barbara. Click and reserve a time slot:https://barbquin.youcanbook.me/

VSB Peer Tutor Office Hours. 6:00-7:30 p.m. in room 205. Open to all VSB students. Walk-in study sessions. (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the semester.) For more information, contact: Julie Freedman.

Irish Studies Conversation Circle: 6:30-8:30 p.m. in room 204. The Irish Studies Program hosts a conversation circle about topics concerning Irish history and culture on behalf of the program. Open to all! For more information, contact: Jerry Sweeney.


ACADEMIC NOTE

We are proud to announce the 2015 Falvey Scholars Award Winners!

Falvey Memorial Library, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, and the Honors Program are pleased to announce the 2015 Falvey Scholars Award winners: Katie Kline, Elizabeth Long, Jessica Swoboda, Nicholas Ader, Joseph Schaadt and John Szot. Falvey Scholars is an annual program that recognizes outstanding undergraduate research at Villanova. The Villanova Community is invited to join us in room 205 of Falvey Memorial Library on Friday, April 24 at 9 a.m. for the Falvey Scholars 2015 Awards Presentation and Reception Ceremony in which the award recipients will give short presentations on the content and findings of the research involved in the writing of the thesis or creation of their winning project report. A continental breakfast will be served. For more information, contact Regina Duffy.


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TOMORROW! 2015 Falvey Scholars Awards Presentation& Reception Ceremony: 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room 205. At this event, Falvey Scholars award recipients will give short presentations on the content and findings of the research involved in the writing of the thesis or in the creation of the project report. Presentations will be followed with a closing by the Rev. Fr. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, University President, in which he will focus attention on the importance of both undergraduate and graduate research on campus. He will also highlight another significant event concerning the recognition and celebration of student research—the Sigma Xi Research 2015 event, which will take place in the Connelly Center immediately following Falvey Scholars. Falvey Scholars attendees will be invited to visit Connelly for the Sigma Xi event. Refreshments will be served throughout the program.For more information about Falvey Scholars: http://library.villanova.edu/about/projects/falveyscholars/ For information about the Sigma Xi 2015 event: http://www.csc.villanova.edu/~sigmaxi/events/index.html For more information, please contact Regina Duffy.


THAT NEW BOOK SMELL: NEW HOLDINGS AT FALVEY

50 women ChristiansAn excerpt from the introduction to 50 women every Christian should know made it clear that Christians and many non-Christians would consider these women heroines.

“I knew the life stories of the following fifty women would be fascinating and inspiring, but I didn’t expect to relate to these women as real people. These women saved lives. They founded new denominations. They advocated for the poor, the sick, the dying, and the neglected. Some even died for their faith.”


EBOOK WEEK
EARTHBOOKS
Green Press Initiative (GPI) is a non-profit program which takes a collaborative approach towards working with publishers, printers, paper manufacturers and others in the book and newspaper industries to minimize social and environmental impacts, including impacts on endangered forests, impacts on climate change, and impacts on communities where paper fiber is sourced. According to the organization, paper production requires large quantities of energy, making it the fourth largest industrial source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.

In commemoration of the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, celebrated this year on Wednesday, April 22, we will feature an ebook, one of hundreds of thousands available to Falvey patrons. User interface, licensing polices and access varies from publisher to publisher – and we’re the first to admit that it can be confusing – so feel free to contact a librarian when you need help navigating or downloading any e-resources you find in our catalog.

In order to access ebooks, enter your desired search terms as usual. When your results are returned, go to the “Refine Search” function in the right column, and click the “Internet” choice. This will then return only digitally accessible items.

INTERNET-PAGE

 

Today’s ebook is J. L. Austin on Language by Brian Garvey. From the catalog: In the middle of the Twentieth century J.L. Austin subjected language to a close and intense analysis. This book deals with his examination of the various things we do with words, comparing his work with that of more recent philosophers and social scientists. It shows that his work can still play a vital role in enhancing our understanding of language. It also deals with the philosophical insights that Austin believed could be gained by closely examining the uses of words by non-philosophers. The school of thought that Austin’s name is usually linked with — ‘ordinary language philosophy’ — is often overlooked today. This book contains both criticisms of Austin’s philosophical work where he used this approach, and defences of it that aim to show that it can still be a source of valuable insights.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Ordinary language is not the last word: in principle it can everywhere be supplemented and improved upon and superseded. Only remember, it is the first word.” – John Langshaw Austin


HAVE A GREAT DAY!

If you have ideas for inclusion in The 8:30 or to Library News in general, you’re invited to send them to joanne.quinn@villanova.edu.


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