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Announcing the 2021 Falvey Scholars


Announcing the 2021 Falvey Scholar Award Winners:

Jacqueline Thoet

  • Project Title: “How Effective Were COVID-19 Lockdown Policies? Mobility Changes After Reopening Industries in Four States”
  • Faculty Mentor: Zeynep Yom, PhD

Nicholas Yoo

  • Project Title: “The Atomic Interaction between Polymers and Two-Dimensional Materials”
  • Faculty Mentor: Bo Li, PhD

Danielle Markey and Tara Reddy

  • Project Title: “Interprofessional Collaboration Promotes Parkinson’s Medication Safety”
  • Faculty Mentor: Diane M. Ellis, MSN, RN, CCRN

Chloe Benson

  • Project Title: “The (Dis)Invention of Black Womanhood: A Rhetorical Analysis of Intersectional Oppression within Cosmetics Practices”
  • Faculty Mentor: Billie Murray, PhD

Annelise Laughlin

  • Project Title: “Spatial and Temporal Study of Drought and Violence Incidence in Darfur, Sudan”
  • Faculty Mentor: Francis A. Galgano, PhD

Audrey Lawrence

  • Project Title: “Use of an Orally Delivered Oxidized Cholesterol to Relieve Inflammatory Bowel Disease Symptoms in a Mouse Model”
  • Faculty Mentor: Anil K. Bamezai, PhD

Kaylan Purisima

  • Project Title: “Examining Violence Against Indigenous Women in the United States through a Settler Colonialist Framework”
  • Faculty Mentor: Brianna Remster, PhD

Join us on Friday, April 30, at 9 a.m., for the 2021 Falvey Scholars Virtual Research Presentation and Awards Ceremony. At the event, 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.

Please register for the event here.

The Falvey Scholar award is an annual program established by Falvey Memorial Library to recognize outstanding undergraduate research. It is a collaborative initiative of the Library and the Center for Research and Fellowships. The winners of the Falvey Scholar award are selected from a pool of candidates that will be generated by applications submitted by a senior Villanova University student or a group of students working on a senior project together with the recommendation of the advisor to the senior thesis or capstone project completed for academic credit.

Digital copies of the winning papers are maintained in the Digital Library. View the 2020 Falvey Scholars Awards virtual booklet here.


 


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Students—Please Return All Library Materials By Tuesday, May 11

 


All library materials borrowed by students, especially graduating students, must be returned to Falvey Library by Tuesday, May 11. Students will be billed for materials not returned by this date. Click here to login to your library account and view your checked out materials. Questions? Email circ@villanova.edu.


 


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TBT: Staring at a Screen

This photo from the 1991 Belle Air shows senior Rory Finmeister working on his senior project on one of Falvey’s computers.

Although long nights in front of the computer, never-ending group meetings and tedious hours in the Library isn’t anything new for students today, our computers are definitely way newer. Today’s TBT is deceptively familiar if only the computer was a MacBook Air as opposed to the device pictured here.


jenna newman headshotJenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department.

 

 

 


 


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Three Minute Thesis: Villanova Students Share Their Research In Timed Competition

Villanova will be hosting its virtual 3MT competition on Friday, March 26, from 3-4 p.m. Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a competition for graduate students to develop and showcase their research communication skills. Competitors must effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. A panel of judges will select a first-place winner ($1,000 award), a second-place winner ($500 award), and audience members in attendance will select an audience choice winner ($250 award). The first-place winner will represent Villanova in a regional 3MT competition.

To watch the live final presentations, register here.

Once registered, you will be sent a link to the event. This ACS approved event, sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies (CLAS) and Falvey Memorial Library, is free and open to the public. The Three Minute Thesis was founded by The University of Queensland.


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Hispanic Heritage Month Book List

By Jenna Newman

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 and serves as a way to intentionally celebrate the culture and contributions of Latinx and Hispanic communities worldwide. The observation began as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 and was expanded in 1988 to be a month long.

September 15 marks independence day for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days later that same week.

A perfect way to celebrate is by grabbing a book written by and about Hispanic and Latino American authors. Check out our graphic to determine which book is perfect for you to read.

Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Díaz: Jacquira Diaz’s life and enthralling memoir begins in Puerto Rico with a carefree childhood and follows Diaz on her journey to Miami, where her life is turned on its head as she enters adolescence. Diaz then recounts her time in the military and then a college education. Ultimately, she is able to find resilience in the most difficult of times. 

Tracing the Horse by Diana Marie Delgado: Diana Marie Delgado shares her experiences growing up in a Southern California city that’s run by a culture of machismo. Poetry is ultimately what allows Delgado to share her experiences with the rest of the world in this captivating memoir.

Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez: The setting is New London, Texas, in 1937, right before the New London school explosion. East Texas is divided based on race, which everyone is painfully aware of, yet Perez tells the story of Naomi Vargas and Wash Fuller, two people with an attraction so powerful it breaks through segregation, despite the consequences. 

Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas: This story by Ingrid Rojas takes place against the backdrop of the violence of Colombia in the 1990s. Rojas explores the difference of wealth, especially while living in a country in turmoil. The story is inspired by Rojas own life and contrasts two very different, but inextricable coming-of-age stories. 

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz: For anyone who loves ghost stories, Junot Diaz’s story of Dominican Oscar Wao whose family has been haunted for generations. As Oscar works to overcome the curse, he displays the endless human capacity to persevere while simultaneously giving insight into the Dominican-American experience.

If you still want more, check out the following fiction and non-fiction books as well:


Jenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department.


 


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PAWS FOR A BREAK WITH FALVEY LIBRARY: VIRTUAL PET VISIT

Hey, Wildcats! We’ll be offering one more virtual pet visit this semester for some fun stress relief. Take a break, press “paws,” and join us via Zoom. You’ll have a chance to meet Max and Nova on Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 12-12:30 p.m. Join URL(Villanova email required for entry).

Picture of Jeannine Ahern's dog Max (Yorkshire terrier). Max (with Jeannine Ahern, Finance and Administration Specialist)

Max is a very lovable, yet fierce, 8-year-old Yorkshire terrier. Max’s full-time job is to protect the Ahern house from squirrels, chipmunks, and the mailman. He is a true lap dog. In addition to cuddling, his favorite activities are belly scratches, playing fetch with the ball, and running on the beach. Max’s favorite snacks are carrots, pretzels, and peanut butter! We love Max! Yorkies tend to have a long life expectancy, so, we’re looking forward to many more fun-filled years with our buddy Max!

 

 

 

Photo of Nova, Shawn Proctor's dog (terrier).Nova (with Shawn Proctor, Communication and Marketing Program Manager) 

Nova is a two-year-old mixed terrier, named for her owner’s favorite college. She was rescued from Brandywine SPCA and enjoys long walks, short runs, and lots of peanut butter. When not loudly debating the relative merits of dogs v. cats with the home’s resident felines, Nova can be seen sprinting from room to room. And, despite her resemblance to Pete the Pup, alas, she is not the granddaughter of the Little Rascals doggo.

 

 

Attendees are free to bring their own pets, but please note that furry friends are not required—all are welcome to come check out the animals. Upon entering Zoom, attendees can choose whether to keep their microphones/audio on or off, depending on whether they would like to interact with the animals and attendees or simply observe. The event will be moderated by a library staff member, so please feel free to also use the chat feature to ask any questions if you do not want to unmute yourself.

Do midterms have you feeling stressed? Let us lend you a helping “paw”—unwind and grab that extra boost you need to finish the fall semester strong! This event, sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, is free and open to all Villanova students, faculty, and staff.


Gina's headshotRegina Duffy is Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library. Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 


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Foto Friday: Step It Up

Picture of Kallie Stahl, Communication and Marketing Specialist, viewing her steps on her i-Phone.

Kallie Stahl, Communication and Marketing Specialist, checks her daily steps. Photo courtesy of Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication and Marketing.


To maintain safe social distancing practices, the Library’s Main Collection, located in Old Falvey’s ground through second floors and on Main Falvey’s third and fourth floors, is accessible only by Library staff. However, physical books are still available! Once you request items from the collection using the contactless pickup service, Falvey Library staff locate, process, and package your items for pickup.

A sought-after service, contactless pickup has seen Falvey staff working hard to fulfill a growing slate of requests. For example, Kallie Stahl, Communication and Marketing Specialist, averages three miles each shift when collecting items for contactless pickup!

Library patrons can pickup their requested items during building hours, Monday through Sunday, 6 a.m. until midnight. Other materials, including Course Reserves and Special Collections, remain unavailable, but scans of page ranges can be requested through ILLiad.

We welcome the community to continue using the Falvey’s virtual Library to keep yourself and the Villanova community safe.

View additional information about fall reopening FAQs here.


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Thank You Falvey Memorial Library Student Employees

A big “THANK YOU” to all of the Falvey Memorial Library 2020 student employees!

Credit: artwork Michael Sgier

 


Joanne Quinn ’15 MA, ’84 CLAS is Director of Communication and Marketing at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 


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Share Your Falvey Favorites for National Library Week

Happy National Library Week! Though the Falvey building remains closed, Falvey librarians and staff continue to assist the campus community virtually; ensuring continued collection access for electronic articles and e-books through Interlibrary Loan, coordinating live chat meetings with students and faculty, and expanding online resources for additional scholarship. 

Celebrate libraries and share your Falvey favorites using the GIF challenge below. Tag us on social (@villanovalibrary on Instagram) and we’ll share your favorites on our page! Challenge a fellow Wildcat and you’ll be entered to win a free Falvey Library long sleeve t-shirt. We miss you Nova Nation—share your memories with us for National Library Week (ends April 25 at 11:59 p.m.) Winner will be chosen Monday, April 26 at noon!


Graphic design poster featuring questions about Falvey favorites.

How to complete the GIF challenge:

1. Screenshot the template above and save to your camera roll.

2. Add the template to your Instagram story.

3. Select and size your GIFs using Instagram story.

4. Mention @villanovalibary in your Instagram story and share!


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. GIF challenge created by Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication and Marketing. 

 

 


 


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New! Book Group Study Rooms Online @Falvey

By Abby Cengel
Photo of group study room in Falvey Memorial Library.

Photo by Shawn Proctor

Group Study Rooms are going digital! Starting Monday, March 9, Villanova students will be able to reserve group study rooms online using LibCal! (https://falvey.libcal.com/).

How do I book a room?

Book your room in 4 easy steps:

1.  Open LibCal (https://falvey.libcal.com/)
2.  Select a time
3.  Submit your booking
4.  Visit the Service Desk to check in at your reservation start time. 2 group members are required for check-in.

Rooms can be reserved up to 7 days in advance, and are available during Service Hours.

What else do I need to know?

  • Reservations are required to occupy Group Study Rooms. Groups without LibCal reservations must vacate the rooms at the request of groups with scheduled bookings.
  • Limit 2 room bookings per group per day
  • Bookings are limited to 2-hour time slots
  • Walk-up reservations will still be accepted at the Service Desk

Questions, thoughts, concerns?

This is a pilot program for the Spring 2020 semester and we’d love your feedback! Students may receive an emailed request for optional feedback at a later date.

Please contact the Service Desk by phone at 610-519-4270 or email at circ@villanova.edu with any questions!


Abby Cengel is Access and Collections Service Desk Coordinator at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 


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Last Modified: March 5, 2020