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Falvey Scholars 2022: Alec Henderson ’22 CLAS

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The Falvey Scholars Program is an annual program established by Falvey Library to recognize outstanding undergraduate research. Now in its 20th year, the program is a collective initiative of the Library and the Center for Research and Fellowships. The recipients of this award are selected from a pool of candidates nominated by Villanova faculty and reviewed by Library staff.

This year, eight students received awards, their work reflecting the breadth and depth of undergraduate research at the University as well as the support the Library, its resources and staff, provide student-scholars.

This blog is the fifth of seven installments, which will introduce our scholars and cover their research in their own words. Look for additional coverage of the Falvey Scholars in the fall issue of Mosaic.

Congratulations to all of our Falvey Scholars, past and present!

Scholar Summary

Alec Henderson ’22 CLAS

Project Title: “Mapping Habitat Suitability of the American Chestnut in Pennsylvania: Can we Restore this Foundational Tree to our Forests?”

Faculty Mentor: Jennifer Santoro, Visiting Instructor, and Peleg Kremer, PhD, Assistant Professor

Hometown: Havertown, Pa.

Other Honors: Villanova Presidential Scholarship, Gamma Theta Upsilon, Phi Beta Kappa

Describe your research in your own words.

My project focused on trying to model where suitable American chestnut habitat is in Pennsylvania. The American chestnut tree was once a widespread and important tree in eastern hardwood forests but has been brought to near extinction by an invasive chestnut blight. There are ongoing field experiments to try to restore American chestnuts to the forest, but they need to better understand what environmental factors make up “good” American chestnut habitat. I compared known locations of surviving trees with a bunch of environmental factors to model where patches of suitable chestnut habitat are in Pennsylvania.

How did the Library’s staff impact your research and academic experience?

On top of their many resources, the Library has been a fantastic location to work on this project. A quiet environment surrounded by people that I knew could help if I ran into problems carrying out my research made writing this thesis a lot more doable.

How did Falvey’s resources and databases impact your research:

This project would not have been possible without Falvey’s access to a wide variety of databases and academic journals. This project required considerable literature review and background research. Because of Falvey’s resources, I never found a necessary paper I couldn’t access.

What’s next for you?

After graduation I flew up to Sitka, Alaska, to work as a wildlife interpreter intern at the Alaska Raptor Center for five months. I plan on heading to graduate school, but will take a year or two to work.

Will you continue this research direction?

American chestnuts will always be a part of my life after this project. I don’t know if I will continue doing chestnut research, but I will certainly keep in touch with the restoration status of this charismatic tree I have spent the past three years researching. I’m sure that I will continue to use the species distribution modeling techniques I used in this project in my future research and in graduate school. I have really enjoyed carrying out this modeling and am excited to apply it to different species in the future.


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Happy Birthday to Nancy Springer, Author of the Enola Holmes Mystery Series

Happy birthday to Nancy Springer, author of the Enola Holmes Mystery Series (now appearing as a film on Netflix), winner of the Tiptree Award and Edgar Award.

Today, and every day, #Falveylovesauthors!


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Photo Friday: Happy Independence Day

Image from the Villanova University Archives featuring two officers raising the American flag in 1946.

Collection Source: Box 01, Folder 95, VUA 35/7. Photograph, Raising the American Flag, 1946. Villanova University Archives.


This image from the Villanova University Digital Library features two officers raising the American flag in 1946. Have a great Independence Day, Nova Nation!


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 


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TBT: Entertain Party Guests With Fireworks

Image of a how-to manual for producing beautiful fireworks in a miniature.

Image courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library.

Image of a how-to manual for producing beautiful fireworks in a miniature.

Image courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library.


This week’s Throwback Thursday (TBT) is an excerpt from the book How to Entertain a Social Party: A Complete Guide to Home Amusement and Entertainment by Nellie Greenway. Published in 1890 by the J.S. Ogilvie Publishing Co. (New York), the book describes numerous magic tricks people can partake in to amuse their party guests. The images above (pp. 105-106) provide directions for producing beautiful fireworks in a miniature. With the Fourth of July holiday only a few days away, we advise against trying this particular trick at home. Instead of lighting fireworks, the book lists many fun illusions to entertain partygoers. Check them out here. Have a safe and fun Independence Day, Wildcats!


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 


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An Uprising, A Movement: Celebrating the Stonewall Rebellion

Credit: By Rhododendrites – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49720739

Fifty-three years ago yesterday, police in New York City raided a bar in Greenwich Village well known for serving LBGTQ+ patrons. As noted by the Library of Congress’s Today in History entry for Stonewall, “[in New York state,] it was illegal to serve alcohol to a gay person until 1966, and in 1969, homosexuality was still considered a criminal offense. This led many gay establishments to operate sans liquor license, providing an open door for raids and police brutality.” It was not the first time police had harassed patrons at the Stonewall Innpolice routinely raided the bar; sometimes they would make arrests or they’d simply turn up to intimidate people and demand pay-offs in return for not publicly releasing patron names or giving out code violation citations.

This particular raid would make an indelible mark in history.

Rather than leaving as they were dismissed, patrons and locals from the neighborhood angrily stood outside. And as the police arrested thirteen of the staff and customers, the crowd became incensed at the rough treatment. They’d had enough. They pelted the police with pennies and debris, and minutes later hundreds of people began rioting.

That night sparked five more days of rioting, involving thousands of people and it became a pivotal event for LBGTQ+ people, an inspiration to stand up and demand equal rights. In 2016, the Stonewall Inn and close surroundings were designated a National Monument, the first such monument commemorating the history of the LGBTQ+ rights movement.

As we conclude Pride Month, we celebrate those in the LBGTQ+ community who rose up, that night and in the many decades afterward, to be heard and be seen.

It is more important than ever to remember the significant contributions of LGBTQ+ people of color as we struggle as a nation with racist terrorist attacks on communities of color and a wave of transphobic legislation across the country. In 2020 the President and CEO of GLADD Sarah Kate Ellis made the following statement which is just as relevant today as it was two years ago “It is important to remember that the revolutionary riots at Stonewall in 1969 were spearheaded by many LGBTQ people of color, and that none of the progress made for the acceptance and equality of LGBTQ people over the past 51 years would be possible if not for the action and courage of those protestors. … There can be no Pride if it is not intersectional.’”


If you want to learn more about the Stonewall Uprising, delve into the many resources that Falvey Memorial Library has to offer.

If you want to catch up on Falvey’s Pride Month coverage, check out our additional Pride Month coverage:


Shawn ProctorShawn Proctor, MFA, is communications and marketing program manager at Falvey Memorial Library.

 



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Falvey Scholars 2022: Nicole Garcia ’22 CLAS

Nicole Garcia

The Falvey Scholars Program is an annual program established by Falvey Library to recognize outstanding undergraduate research. Now in its 20th year, the program is a collective initiative of the Library and the Center for Research and Fellowships. The recipients of this award are selected from a pool of candidates nominated by Villanova faculty and reviewed by Library staff and faculty.

This year, eight students received awards, their work reflecting the breadth and depth of undergraduate research at the University as well as the support the Library, its resources and staff, provide student-scholars.

This blog is the third of seven installments, which will introduce our scholars and cover their research in their own words. Look for additional coverage of the Falvey Scholars in the fall issue of Mosaic.

Congratulations to all of our Falvey Scholars, past and present!

Scholars Summary

Nicole Garcia ’22 CLAS

  • Project Title: “Metal-catalyzed synthesis of isoprene polymers with optimized isomer distribution” Catalyst for synthetic rubber formation
  • Faculty Mentor: Deanna Zubris, PhD, Professor of Chemistry
  • Hometown: Long Island, N.Y.
  • Other Honors: Villanova Presidential Scholarship; O’Malley Scholarship (Chemistry Department); the G.N. Quam Medallion for Chemistry (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences); Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellowship; and the American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry

Describe your research in your own words:
My research focuses on polyisoprene, which is the main component of natural rubber, and coming up with a sustainable, high efficiency way to synthesize it in the lab, due to a lack of natural rubber resources due to climate change and increased demand of medical personal protective equipment from the Covid-19 pandemic. I made 30 different polyisoprene samples using varying reaction conditions and analyzed the content of each sample to determine what properties synthetic rubber would have when being made using different temperatures, reaction times, and catalysts.

How did the Library’s staff impact your research and academic experience?
While this particular research project relied more heavily on Falvey’s databases, the Library staff have been so helpful to my academic career in general. I had the opportunity to learn about the databases we have access to as well as how to do scientific writing from a research librarian through a session as a part of the Chemistry Department’s Professional Development Seminar. The Library’s staff were also super helpful in previous research projects where I required articles that were not available at this Library, as they were able to get me access through Interlibrary Loan, something I would not have been able to achieve without the guidance of Falvey’s staff.

How did Falvey’s resources and databases impact your research?
I began my senior thesis with a literature review on what existing work had been done regarding synthetic polyisoprene. The Library databases were crucial for this step in two significant ways. First, SciFinder Scholar, which can be accessed through Falvey, is a search engine for scientific papers and patents. One of the key features is the ability to search by drawing a chemical structure. Additionally, the Library’s access to plenty of important chemistry journals, including American Chemical Society publications and Elsevier, allowed me to access existing knowledge on polymers as well as plan my own laboratory experiments using reported syntheses and characterization methods. Without this information that the Library resources gave me, I would not have been able to build my research project.

What’s next for you?
Next year, I will be working as a synthetic chemist for Johnson Matthey, a sustainable chemicals company, as a part of their graduate rotational program. This means I’ll have three eight-month rotations at different laboratories across the country and a potential year working abroad in the United Kingdom.

Will you continue this research direction or has it inspired you to new research interests?
While my specific work with polyisoprene is most likely drawing to a close, this research project will be passed down to a younger member of the Zubris research team. For me, this project as well as my previous research experience has led me towards the field of green chemistry, or creating more sustainable ways to produce chemicals and materials we use everyday. I will be conducting research in green chemistry at my job at Johnson Matthey and I know that all of the research skills and knowledge I have gained through this senior thesis project will serve me well moving forward into this new role.


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Photo Friday: The Purr-fect Recommendation

Image of Sarah Wingo's cat, Bruce, a white and gray cat with green eyes, sitting next to the book "Carrying All Before Her: Celebrity Pregnancy and the London Stage, 1689-1800" by Chelsea Phillips.

Photo courtesy of Sarah Wingo, Librarian for English Literature, Theatre, and Romance Languages and Literature.


Sarah Wingo’s cat, Bruce, shares his reading recommendation—Carrying All Before Her: Celebrity Pregnancy and the London Stage, 1689-1800 by Chelsea Phillips, MFA, PhD, Associate Professor; Associate Director for Villanova Theatre. Dr. Phillips’ book is available at Falvey Memorial Library (E-book and hardcopy). For more summer reading recommendations, check out selections from the staff at Falvey Memorial Library and faculty in Villanova’s English Department.

Photo courtesy of Sarah Wingo, Librarian for English Literature, Theatre, and Romance Languages and Literature.


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 


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TBT: Renovation Nation

 

Image of construction on the Falvey Memorial Library expansion project that began in the spring of 1968.

Image courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library. 1968 Belle Air Yearbook (page 5).


This week’s “Throwback Thursday” (TBT) features the construction of the Falvey Memorial Library expansion project that began in the spring of 1968. Librarian Rev. Louis A. Rongione, OSA, Ped.D., oversaw the library expansion. The snapshot was featured in the 1968 Belle Air Yearbook (page 5).

For more images visit the Villanova University Digital Library.


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 


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Falvey Library Staff Offer 2022 Summer Reading Recommendations


Last week, we shared summer reading recommendations by Villanova’s English Department faculty. This week, we’re happy to share reading recommendations by the staff at Falvey Memorial Library. Once you’ve explored the list below, check out some summer reads suggested by Falvey’s Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement. Have a great summer, Nova Nation!

Sarah Wingo, Librarian for English Literature, Theatre, and Romance Languages and Literature

Book cover of Heartstopper by Alice Oseman.

  • Planning to read: Heartstopper by Alice Oseman. After watching the incredibly heartwarming Netflix series based on this graphic novel series I’m looking forward to checking out the books for myself. Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel. I’ve been a fan of Emily St. John Mandel’s for a while now and I’m looking forward to reading her latest book this summer. Probably her most well known book, Station Eleven, was recently made into a great HBO miniseries. I highly recommend both the book and the series.
  • Already Read: The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye by A.S. Byatt. This is a collection of four short stories and one novella length story of the same name as the title of the collection. I just read it last week, George Miller (Director of “Mad Max: Fury Road”), has a new movie coming out this summer staring Tilda Swinton and Idris Alba. The movie is titled “Three Thousand Years of Longing” and is based on the Novella The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye.

Darren Poley, Theology, Classics and Humanities Librarian

Book cover of The Fall of the West: The Slow Death of the Roman Superpower by Adrian Goldsworthy.

Demian Katz, Director of Library Technology

Book cover of a dime novel in Falvey Library's collection.

Shawn Proctor, Communication and Marketing Program Manager

Book cover of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain.

  • Ana on the Edge by A.J. Sass—A middle grade novel about a young skater who must balance competitive skating aspirations against the realization they are non-binary.
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain—This selection of the Villanova Alumni Association’s book club explores the value of introversion when so much of society is geared toward people who talk first (and most.)
  • Heartstopper by Alice Oseman—Now a popular streaming show, this young adult graphic novel series navigates love and friendship from a LGBTQIA+ point-of-view.

Mike Sgier, Access and Collections Coordinator

Book cover of Circe by Madeline Miller.

  • Circe by Madeline Miller—A great and page-turning retelling of Greek mythology from the point of view of Circe, the witch daughter of a Titan and nymph who is exiled to the island of Aiaia, and who becomes intertwined in the fates of Daedalus, Medea, and most famous of all, the wanderer Odysseus.

Luisa Cywinski, Director of Access Services

Book cover of The Wildlife Pond Book by Jules Howard.

Now that summer is here, I will be spending every free moment gardening for food, wildlife, and relaxation. The books on my reading list are:

I’ll also be reading the author’s blogs, watching their YouTube videos, and sharing my results on social media.

Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication and Marketing
Book cover of The Woman In the Library by Sulari Gentill.

Should I be ashamed to admit that my “Want To Read” list on Goodreads is close to 4,500 books? But I promise not to list them all here. I will, though, let you know of two on the list that, appropriately, each have library in their title:

  • I hope to finally tackle Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library, a fantasy novel published in 2020, which was the inaugural selection for the Villanova Alumni Book Club, if memory serves me.
  • The other one, The Woman In the Library, by Sulari Gentill, is coming out this week and is being hyped as a smashing, closed-room mystery that’s as much fun as a game of Clue. So look for me reading it in the Library, with a lead pipe by my side!

Caroline Sipio, Access and Collections Coordinator

Book cover of People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry.

  • I recommend People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry! It is full of heart, travel, and overall summer goodness that encourages readers to embrace new experiences and appreciate loved ones near and far.

Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. She recommends Hello, Molly! by Molly Shannon. “Always proud to support a fellow Ohioan,” she says.

 


 


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Falvey Scholars 2022: Addison Drone ’22 VSB

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Addison Drone ’22 VSB, 2022 Falvey Scholar (Photo by Andrew McKeough)

The Falvey Scholars Program is an annual program established by Falvey Library to recognize outstanding undergraduate research. Now in its 20th year, the program is a collective initiative of the Library and the Center for Research and Fellowships. The recipients of this award are selected from a pool of candidates nominated by Villanova faculty and reviewed by Library staff and faculty.

This year, eight students received awards, their work reflecting the breadth and depth of undergraduate research at the University as well as the support the Library, its resources and staff, provide student-scholars.

This blog is the third of seven installments, which will introduce our scholars and cover their research in their own words. Look for additional coverage of the Falvey Scholars in the fall issue of Mosaic.

Congratulations to all of our Falvey Scholars, past and present!

Scholars Summary

Addison Drone ’22 VSB

  • Project Title: “50 Years of Sports Teams in Work Teams Research: Missed Opportunities and New Directions for Studying Team Processes”
  • Faculty Mentor: Narda Quigley, PhD, Associate Professor of Management and Chair of the Department of Management and Operations, Villanova School of Business
  • Hometown: Summit, N.J.
  • Other Honors: Presidential Scholarship, Honors Program

Describe your research in your own words.
We conducted a literature review on sports teams studies over the last 50 years. We looked at what topics have been covered, what has not been covered, and how these outcomes/findings within sports samples can be applied to broader work teams.

How did the Library’s staff impact your research and academic experience?
I worked with the Library staff during both the research and within my academic career through my Competitive Effectiveness course. They made sure that I knew how to utilize the databases and helped me get started with research ideas.

How did Falvey’s resources and databases impact your research?
I utilized Falvey’s database library to conduct a thorough scan of the existing literature on the topic. Ultimately, we found over 250 applicable articles covering over 270 applicable studies.

What’s next for you?
Working postgrad at Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, a Japanese investment bank, within New York City.

Will you continue this research direction or has it inspired you to new research interests?
While my professional career is within a finance field and not sports/management, this remains an interest that I will continue to foster as I enter my postgraduate career.


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Last Modified: June 21, 2022