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Falvey Scholars 2021: Audrey Lawrence

Audrey Lawrence

 

BY SHAWN PROCTOR

Welcome to part 4 of a 7-part series featuring the 2021 Falvey Scholars. Read more about them every Monday and in the upcoming issue of Mosaic: the Library’s bi-annual publication.

Falvey Memorial Library is honored to announce the 2021 Falvey Scholar award winners. We will showcase the research of our eight young alumni on the blog and in the fall issue of Mosaic.

Sponsored by the Library and the Center for Research and Fellowships, the Falvey Scholars program recognizes outstanding undergraduate research at Villanova University. Award winners are selected from a pool of candidates 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.


Researcher Brief

Falvey Scholar: Audrey Lawrence

Hometown:  Ellicott City, Md.

Other Honors: Villanova Presidential Scholar, Freshman Match Grantee, VURF Grantee (2018 and 2020), CRISSP Recipient (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute Summer Scholars Program)

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, Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Learn about Audrey’s research in her own words:

 

Tell me about your Falvey Scholar Award-winning research project.

I studied a new way to relieve symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), an autoimmune disorder of the gut, via oral delivery of an oxidized cholesterol. The treatment method I studied in vivo targets T cell proliferation and knocks down the pro-inflammatory response associated with IBD.

IBD includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and affects over 10 million people worldwide. This is an exciting example of progress towards a more universally successful treatment option for a patient population suffering from a disease in need of a cure.

How did Falvey Memorial Library support your research?

The staff at Falvey Memorial Library have been an incredible support system through my undergraduate research experience.  The very idea that help was always available through the Library staff was incredibly strengthening. It gave me confidence as I learned a new field.

The extensive scope of the Falvey database library has been essential to my success as a researcher.  Immunology was a new field to me—it’s one of those fields that you can’t really grasp superficially…you have to delve deep before it makes sense. The Interlibrary Loan program along with Falvey’s extensive list of accessible journals provided me with every tool that I needed to teach myself a new language of science.

What impact did this project have on you?

I absolutely will continue in the field of Immunology as a physician scientist and could see myself focusing on IBD in my career. I love the philosophical side of immunology and care deeply about this patient population, and I am so excited to be a part the research advances that will be made in the coming years.

What’s next for you?

I am doing my gap year at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, working in a Genetics clinical research lab. I plan to apply to MD/PhD programs in the upcoming cycle.

 


Shawn ProctorShawn Proctor, MFA, is Communications and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.

 


 


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Falvey Scholars 2021: Annelise Laughlin

Annelise Laughlin

BY SHAWN PROCTOR

Welcome to part 3 of a 7-part series featuring the 2021 Falvey Scholars. Read more about them every Monday and in the upcoming issue of Mosaic: the Library’s bi-annual publication.

Falvey Memorial Library is honored to announce the 2021 Falvey Scholar award winners. We will showcase the research of our eight young alumni on the blog and in the fall issue of Mosaic.

Sponsored by the Library and the Center for Research and Fellowships, the Falvey Scholars program recognizes outstanding undergraduate research at Villanova University. Award winners are selected from a pool of candidates 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.

View the 2021 Falvey Scholars Awards virtual booklet.


Falvey Scholar: Annelise Laughlin

Hometown:  Reno, Nevada

Other Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Alexander Von Humboldt Medallion for Excellence in Geography, Gamma Theta Upsilon (Geography Honors Society), Faith and Learning Scholars

Project Title: “Spatial and Temporal Study of Drought and Violence Incidence in Darfur, Sudan”

Faculty Mentor: Francis A. Galgano, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Learn about Annelise’s research in her own words:

 

Tell me about your Falvey Scholar Award-winning research project.

I researched the connection between climate change, specifically drought, and violent conflict in Darfur, Sudan. It can be hard to prove causality because so many other elements factor into conflict, but an extreme climate event like long-term drought could intensify or catalyze conflict by straining competitive resources, and that’s what I wanted to study in Darfur.

How did Falvey Memorial Library support your research?

I was developing my final research project into an ArcGIS Storymap, and Erica Hayes, Digital Scholarship Librarian, taught me how to use the software to make a Storymap. She helped me take my project from a plain poster to an interactive, multimedia presentation that could be hosted online.

Storymaps can be a little finicky, so Erica was a great resource in helping me choose a platform that would suit my project well, as well as troubleshoot any issues I had with my project.

What impact did this project have on you?

The climate/conflict connection is an interesting thing because it can play out differently around the world. One place might experience drought, another might have an extreme hurricane or tornado, and all those things could disrupt security or social structures in a way that causes conflict. I think if I kept studying climate and conflict, I’d be interested to apply similar methods to other climate-related events around the world.

What’s next for you?

I’m going to be working as a business analyst at a civil engineering firm after graduation.

 


Shawn ProctorShawn Proctor, MFA, is Communications and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.

 


 


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Falvey Focuses on Scholarship: Chloe Benson Researches Race and Gender Issues in the Cosmetics Industry

Chloe Benson

BY SHAWN PROCTOR

Welcome to part 2 of a 7-part series featuring the 2021 Falvey Scholars. Read more about them every Monday and in the upcoming issue of Mosaic: the Library’s bi-annual publication.

Falvey Memorial Library is honored to announce the 2021 Falvey Scholar award winners. We will showcase the research of our eight young alumni on the blog and in the fall issue of Mosaic.

Sponsored by the Library and the Center for Research and Fellowships, the Falvey Scholars program recognizes outstanding undergraduate research at Villanova University. Award winners are selected from a pool of candidates 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.

View the 2021 Falvey Scholars Awards virtual booklet.


Researcher Brief

Falvey Scholar: Chloe Benson

Hometown: North Charleston, S.C.

Other Honors: Fulbright Alternate for Global Wales, Villanova Presidential Scholar, Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar 

Project Title: “The (Dis)Invention of Black Womanhood: A Rhetorical Analysis of Intersectional Oppression within Cosmetics Practices”

Faculty Mentor: Billie Murray, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Learn about Chloe’s research in her own words:

 

Tell me about your Falvey Scholar Award-winning research project.

My research focuses on the cosmetics industry, specifically examining foundation shade products to better understand how intersectionally raced and gendered discourses are deeply embedded within the products.

I utilize a Black feminist approach to analyze the rhetorical practices within six different artifacts. Through my research, I have found four key themes that speak to the intersectional oppression that Black and brown women experience. The most revealing theme analyzes how cosmetics brands reproduce the discourse of Black female unrapability. What I mean by this is that Black women have consistently been rendered exotic, hypersexual beings. The assumption that Black women are inherently sexual in nature implies that Black women are perpetually available to sexual partners—that they are always wanting. Making this assumption allows for violence against Black women to be taken less seriously.

Ultimately, my research challenges this flat characterization of Black women and looks to see where areas of subversion can occur within everyday aspects of our life, even seemingly ordinary activities like that of applying our foundation.

How did Falvey Memorial Library support your research?

Working with librarians like Jutta Seibert, Director of Research Services & Scholarly Engagement, helped me hone my key search terms that I may not have thought of on my own. She also helped me think outside of the box and capture some pieces of literature I wouldn’t have happened upon otherwise.

I could not have gotten a full understanding of the literature and academic scholarship surrounding my topic without the e-library and databases available at Falvey. I was able to look across disciplines to get a full picture of my topic. I used Falvey’s resources so much that for the first time in four years, I ran out of printing money!

What impact did this project have on you?

I’ve always had a love for cosmetics, and perhaps one day I will work within the cosmetics industry to improve upon the Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) practices and policies within this area of focus. For now, this project has challenged me to consider what is banal and seemingly “normalized” in our daily lives and to interrogate those unacknowledged aspects of life that work to harm marginalized groups.

What’s next for you?

I am moving to New York City to work full-time at Bloomberg LP in Human Resources where I will be building out early engagement D&I programming within the D&I Recruiting Team.

 


Shawn Proctor

Shawn Proctor, MFA, is Communications and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 


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Interactive Memorial Map Celebrates Veterans’ Service, Sacrifice

By Shawn Proctor

 

 

This Memorial Day, Falvey and the Office of Veterans and Military Service Members at Villanova University wanted to share with our Villanova community a part of our project “The Voices of Villanova’s Veterans.” “Honoring the Fallen: An Interactive Memorial Map” displays the names of Villanova veterans killed in service, along with their branch of service, location, and year of death. For those veterans reported missing in action, we have mapped the nearest location of where they were last seen.

This project will honor the life and sacrifice of Villanova veterans who died while serving their country. Reflecting extensive research and collaboration, this interactive map will remember their service. This map allows users anywhere on the globe to access this map, and creates an access point for family members, the community, historians, and anyone else interested in learning about their legacy.

This Memorial Day—and every day—Villanova honors its veterans and pay tribute to their service and sacrifice by ensuring that they are never forgotten.

 


Shawn Proctor

Shawn Proctor, MFA, is Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 

 


 

 


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Slaphappy Delivers Pitch Perfect (Inspired) Show

By Shawn Proctor

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Unprecedented. Challenging. Socially distanced.

If you thought I was talking about living through the pandemic, then you haven’t seen Slaphappy: A Covid-Era Commedia, streaming from Villanova Theatre until May 30.

To these terms I would also add joyful, sly, and triumphant.

“Why triumphant,” you ask?

Because to create new art in a time when performance is so very rare, to discover new methods and inspirations and collaborators in order to bring it to audiences is a triumph.

Full stop. No debate.

Slaphappy proves the play is the thing.

Conceived and directed by Valerie Joyce and filmed by Hezekiah Lewis III, Slaphappy eludes easy definition. It’s one part The Office, two parts Pitch Perfect, and a splash of Ru Paul’s Drag Race. Oh, and yes, instead of a cappella competitions, the college groups vie for top commedia dell’arte troupe in the country.

Emma Poley, second-year graduate student, who made her Villanova Theatre acting debut as “Kathy Brown, PhD,” in the show explained Slaphappy follows in the commedia tradition of devised theatre. “The actors were free to improvise within a structured outline,” she says. From that four-hour rough cut, the production team edited down to a two-hour film.

Within this almost-too-wild-to-be-conceived premise, the entire cast shines, showing their growth from novice commedia players to seasoned actors within the traditional Italian dramatic style. The result holds the attention through backstage and onstage meltdowns, smack-downs, jaw-dropping revelations, and power plays that underpin the efforts to bring their performances to the regional, then national competitions.

Kirsten Sughrue’s muscadet-dry wit as competition coordinator “Penny Hollis” and Ryan Henry’s hilarious turn as uber jock “Julia Wrong” stood out among a large and delightful cast. And perhaps the biggest delight of all was hearing a crowd reacting to a play in Villanova Theatre’s new John and Joan Mullen Center for the Performing Arts, just one of many performances to come.

Complimenti to all!

 


Shawn Proctor is Communications and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 

 


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Foto Friday: Commencement Ignites Graduates’ Big Dreams

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If you are on campus for Commencement this weekend, take notice of the Villanova University Alma Mater hung next to the Community First: Caritas Commitment Banner on Kennedy Hall. Written by Irving R. Leshner under the pen name Les Irving and copyrighted in 1948, one of the original copies of the sheet music can be accessed through Falvey Memorial Library’s Digital Library.

Below, find the lyrics that will resound in the hearts of our graduating seniors as they cross the stage to receive their diplomas Saturday.

When the twilight shadows gather
Out upon the Campus green,
When the blue and purple night
Comes stealing on the scene
Loyal heirs of Villanova
Sing a hymn of praise
To our dear old ALMA MATER
And our College days.
Villanova, Villanova
When we leave your shelt’ring walls,
We shall leave an echo ringing
Through your treasured halls
We will will leave an echo ringing
In the silent night
While our memories are singing
Of our Blue and White
When the last big game is over
And the last roll call is heard
When the oldest pedagogue
Has had his final word
We shall come to ALMA MATER
In our dreams again
With a prayer for Villanova
And a sweet amen.


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Photo Friday: Happy National Library Week!

Falvey Library Staff in Zoom Meeting

Happy National Library Week! To celebrate, and to mark National Library Workers Day on April 6, we wanted to show off the many faces that make Falvey the friendly place it is.

Whether remote or in-person, Falvey’s committed staff always goes “the extra aisle” to make sure students and faculty find the right book, journal, or even microfilm needed. So, if you happen by the virtual desk or start a virtual chat with a librarian, remember to tell them “thanks!” (Except for Will D. Cat, who is only an honorary staff member.)

Read more about the amazing Library staff in the new issue of Mosaic, the Library’s news and events publication!

 

Pictured:

(Row 1) Shawn Proctor, Joanne Quinn, Erica Hayes, Christopher Hallberg, Abigail Cengel, Will D. Cat

(Row 2) Millicent Gaskell, Jeannine Ahern, Merrill Stein, David Burke, Michael Sgier, Gerald Dierkes

(Row 3) Sarah Hughes, Jeehyun Davis, David Uspal, John Banionis, Laura Bang, Geoffrey Scholl

(Row 4) Beaudry Rae Allen, Jesse Flavin, Caroline Sipio, Michael Foight, Laura Hutelmyer, Darren Poley

(Row 5) Marianne Watson, Demian Katz, Roberta Pierce, Jutta Seibert, Robert LeBlanc, Sarah Wipperman

(Row 6) Jacqueline Smith, Regina Duffy, Linda Hauck, Lorraine Holt, Kallie Stahl, Alfred Fry

(Row 7) Deborah Bishov, Rebecca Oviedo, Margaret Duffy, Susan Turkel, Brian Warren, Sarah Wingo

 

Not pictured: Luisa Cywinski, Nikolaus Fogle


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Photo Friday: Reading, Writing, Relaxing

student Chris Bondoc in a hammock

We caught up with senior College of Engineering Student Chris Bondoc “chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool” (to quote Will Smith) in a hammock near the Library. The Tampa, Fla., native won’t be wanting for sunshine today!


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Foto Friday: Celebrate Black History Month on Campus

By Kallie Stahl

Flyer of Black History Month events.


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


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Last Modified: January 31, 2020