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2009 Falvey Scholars Honored

On May 1, Falvey Memorial Library honored graduating seniors with the Falvey Scholars award. The award is given each year to distinguished Villanova seniors who have demonstrated outstanding undergraduate research in writing a senior thesis or completing a capstone project.

The 2009 Falvey Scholars, their mentors and research are as follows:

Sinead CloughleySinéad Cloughley, English/Irish Studies (College of Arts and Sciences); Mentor: James Murphy, Ph.D.; Project: “A Study of Impact of the Irish Language on the Work of Four Modern Irish Writers: Yeats, Joyce, Ní Dhomhnaill and Friel”

Sara FridingerSara Fridinger, Biology (College of Arts and Sciences); Mentor: Louise Russo, Ph.D.; Project: “Bisphenol A: An Environmental Threat to Endocrine Function”

Martha HughesMartha Hughes, Economics and Statistics (School of Business); Mentor: Mary Kelly, Ph.D.; Project: “The United States and the European Union: How Differences in Monetary and Fiscal Policies Contribute to Differences in Economic Competitiveness Over Time”

Scholars Group

Jennie Kotschneff (back, second left), with team members (front, l. to r.) Kristina Salcedo, Christine Matula, Patricia Abel, (back, l. to r.) Melissa Kay, Meghan Dwyer and Sarah Galvanek (College of Nursing); Mentor: Marcia Costello, Ph.D., R.D.; Project: “A Population Assessment of Chulucanas, Peru”

Mark WoodsMark Woods, Mechanical Engineering (College of Engineering); Mentor: C. ‘Nat’ Nataraj, Ph.D.; Project: “Unmanned Sailboat Control”

The students presented their papers in Falvey’s first floor lounge and were supported by family, friends and faculty. Library director Joe Lucia served as emcee and introduced the winners and their mentors. After presenting their research and engaging in a lively question and answer session with the audience, the students received framed certificates recognizing their achievements.

The Falvey Scholars steering committee consists of Lucia, Darren Poley, Outreach librarian, Edwin L. Goff, Ph.D., associate dean, Honors Program, and Jane Morris, director, and Nora Pillard, assistant director, Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.

“The Falvey Scholars award honors the work of undergraduate exceptional talent,” said Lucia. This year, the award selection was broadened to name a student from each of the five discipline areas: Arts, Business, Science, Nursing and Engineering.

The winners were highlighted in a window display outside the first floor lounge. Joanne Quinn, Events and Outreach team, designed the display and the event programs and certificates.

Photographs by Natalie Tomasco


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Benedict XVI and John Paul II: A Continuing Legacy?

Can it be argued that Pope Benedict XVI bears the mantle of John Paul II as an heir to his legacy? Brennan C. Pursell, Ph.D., addressed this claim, drawing on his recent book, Benedict of Bavaria: An Intimate Portrait of the Pope and His Homeland, at the John Paul II Legacy Lecture on March 23.

Both men grew up in regions with a baroque Catholic culture which was festive, sensual and divine. John Paul II possessed a philosophical orientation and a preference for dialogical personalism. Benedict XVI mirrors these characteristics. (more…)


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Internships at Falvey

A library is a good place to study, conduct research and hold study sessions with friends over endless cups of coffee during finals week. However, Falvey Memorial Library, apart from being a great resource for faculty, students and the University community, hosts various internship opportunities that offer in-depth practical work experience to Villanova University graduate students as well as to individuals from the outside community.

Kiran QureshiThe Events and Publications teams offer a shared year-long paid internship to a graduate assistant with the communication department. This intern’s duties are divided between these two teams and include “working with students, staff, faculty and guests while maintaining a regular flow of feature articles and blog entries that meet exacting editorial standards,” explains Darren Poley, Outreach librarian.

Through this experience, the intern will achieve a level of mastery with event planning and management and gain the ability to work with a diverse group of people. “The intern would, it is hoped, benefit from learning about team efforts and resources for organizing and documenting library intellectual programming,” says Poley. (more…)


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Senior Class Poets Post Their Work

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Poems by senior poets can be seen throughout Falvey’s first floor to promote their work and to celebrate April as National Poetry Month.

The posted poems  include “Intellectual Touch,” by Laura Freeman; “Drops of Red,” by Jimi Honochick; “Affirmations of a Big Footed Woman,” by Jennifer Nelson; “Nostalgia. Imagination. Dreams,” by Ivanley Noisette; “On Andrew Wyeth’s ‘Public Sale,'” by Elizabeth Milarcik; “Persephone, Across the Styx,” by Danielle Robert; “Pieces of Sound,” by Charlotte Thurston; “Sisterly Love,” by Allison Friedman; “Man’s Best Friend,” by Kimberly Jackson; “Morning in Manhattan,” by Brigid Black; and “Ode to Academia.” “Captured,” is one of several poems submitted by anonymous writers. (more…)


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Where Did We Come From? Where Are We Headed? Professor Maps Past, Present and Future of the Human Life

AnthropologyCome along with Michael R. Zimmerman, M.D., Ph.D., on a trip through time and geographic space. The journey will begin with ape-like creatures that turned onto a unique road in eastern Africa some four to five million years ago and end with some predictions for the coming centuries and millennia.

Will we become half-human, half-computer? Will our brains become smaller as we turn over more intellectual and memory functions to computer chips? Will we follow the course of over 99% of all species and become extinct? Hear what Dr. Zimmerman has to say about these intriguing questions on Tue., Apr. 14, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in Falvey’s first floor lounge.

Dr. Zimmerman’s research in paleopathology, the study of the evidence of disease in ancient remains, has resulted in numerous publications and speaking engagements. His work has also been seen on the History Channel and Fox News.

The presentation is part of the Fourth Annual Anthropology Lecture Series, “The Science of Humanity: Tongues, Stones, and Bones,” sponsored by Falvey.


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John Paul II and Benedict XVI: An Enduring Legacy

Brennan C. Pursell, Ph.D., will address the idea that Benedict XVI is a continuation of John Paul II, as many claim him to be. Although basically contemporary and presumably theologically in sync, can Benedict XVI and John Paul II be considered to be liberal and conservative simultaneously? Dr. Pursell discusses whether the reputation of being both at the same time suits Benedict XVI as it did for John Paul II, the people’s pope. (more…)


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A Connection between Poverty and Mass Incarceration: Dr. DeFina To Discuss Award Winning Work

DefinaRobert DeFina, Ph.D., professor of sociology, is the recipient of the University’s 2008 Outstanding Faculty Research Award for his work, The Impact of Mass Incarceration on Poverty. On Thurs. Mar. 26, Dr. DeFina will share his work, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. in the first floor lounge of Falvey.

One of the most pressing social problems of the last thirty years is the persistence of poverty in the face of overall economic growth. Researchers have examined a variety of possible causes including de-industrialization, lower minimum wages, de-unionization and technological change. However, much remains unexplained. (more…)


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Dr. Shawn Howton on Real Estate Investment Trusts: A Unique Tool for Research

howtonWhat makes real estate investment trusts unique? In his presentation, “The Valuation Effects of Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Common Stock Repurchases,” Shawn D. Howton, Ph.D., associate professor of finance, Villanova School of Business and director of the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, will address the unique characteristics of REITs. The talk will take place on Wed., Mar. 11, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. in the first floor lounge of Falvey.

Dr. Howton will shed light on what REIT’s are and why they make for a unique laboratory for research. He will also outline the findings of his working paper, Do REIT repurchases signal value changes in rivals? An analysis of the stock price reaction of non-repurchasing REITs. He will focus on how values are affected by open market stock repurchases for these unique firms.

Not only is there an active Villanova Real Estate Society, advised by Dr. Howton, and a Real Estate minor, but there is also a lot of interest in this field around campus, according to Dr. Howton. The talk will be of special importance to anyone with an interest in commercial real estate.

Dr. Howton’s presentation is part of the Scholarship @ Villanova series sponsored by Falvey this semester.


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Symposium and Concert to Honor Poetic Legacy of Juan Ramón Jiménez

JuanFalvey and the department of modern languages are proud to host an afternoon dedicated to the life and work of author Juan Ramón Jiménez, currently considered to be the father of Spanish contemporary poetry.

The symposium will feature three internationally renowned specialists on the poet: Carmen Hernández-Pinzón, grand-niece and representative of the heirs of the poet, will speak about Juan Ramón, the person; Mª Ángeles Sanz Manzano, Ph.D., professor at the University of Alcalá de Henares, will speak about the universal dimensions of Platero and I; and Graciela Palau de Nemes, Ph.D., University of Maryland, will speak on Juan Ramón Jiménez´s constant search for meaning. The symposium will be followed by a poetry recital including faculty and students from the department of modern languages and a concert by Chili Valverde, a singer from Huelva, Spain.

The event will take place on Tue., Mar. 31, from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. For detailed information about the evening’s events, please visit the events calendar.

Also, be sure to visit the exhibit on Falvey’s fourth floor that commemorates the life and work of the poet and was created by the Junta de Andalucía and the Triennium Juan Ramón Jiménez. An itinerant exhibit at institutions throughout the world during the past few years, the exhibit will be shown during the entire month of March.


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Penn Museum Curator Examines Past and Future of the Ancient Maya Civilization

leventhalOn Tue., Mar 10, join Richard M. Leventhal, Ph.D., professor of anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania and curator of the American Section at Penn Museum, as he offers insights into the collapse of the major cities of the Maya as well as interprets the past and future of the ancient Maya. The talk will take place from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in the first floor lounge of Falvey.

Dr. Leventhal’s presentation, “The Collapse of the Ancient Maya: Interpretations of the Past and Preserving the Future” is the second installment of the 4th annual Anthropology Lecture Series hosted by Falvey this semester and complements the theme of the series, “The Science of Humanity: Tongues, Stones, and Bones” very well as it offers a new perspective through which to learn about the Maya civilization. (more…)


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Last Modified: February 18, 2009

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