Mario Kart, Nintendo’s iconic go-kart-style racing video game first released 26 years ago, could now help improve children’s ability to focus, thanks to a group of Villanova University engineering students. The students’ goal is to help children with attention-deficit disorders improve their ability to focus, while having fun at the same time in a low-pressure environment.
Indeed is the No. 1 job site in the world. With more than 200 million unique monthly visitors, 100 million resumes, 72 million company ratings and reviews and 9.8 jobs added per second globally, the site generates an abundance of data—all the requirements for a weekend of data dives and analyses. Four Villanova students took on the challenge and won "Best Insight" at the 2018 ASA DataFest Philadelphia competition. read more
Villanova University student Corinne Gillenwater has received a place on a Fulbright Summer Institute to study at the University of Bristol on one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programmes operating world-wide. Gillenwater, a sophomore in Villanova’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was selected by the US-UK Fulbright Commission to experience the UK on a four-week summer programme. A native of Pembroke, Mass., she will be studying racial justice and slavery, colonialism and independence, global feminisms, migration and refugees, environmental stability, and health and well-being at the University of Bristol. read more
Officially, Dr. Wenqing Xu began her research into pyrogenic carbonaceous matter (solid-residues from incomplete combustion, such as soot and charcoal) as a Chemical and Environmental Engineering doctoral student at Yale University. In reality, however, the seed was planted more than 20 years ago during her childhood in an undeveloped region of northwestern China. That experience, and her family’s limited access to running water, sparked Dr. Xu’s interest in environmental issues, which ultimately led to her career in environmental engineering. Today, that passion for the environment has been rewarded with the National Science Foundation’s coveted CAREER grant for her work. read more
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently announced the results of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for grants taking place in 2018-2019, with 30 current Villanova University students and alumni recognized by the program. Fifteen Villanova students and alumni won the prestigious award, with an additional eight named alternates and seven earning recognition as semi-finalists. Villanova has had at least one student selected for the coveted award each year since 1994, and has been listed among the nation’s top producers of Fulbright Students for the last 10 years. This year marks the largest single-year number of Fulbright awards in the University’s history. read more
The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, Villanova University President, announced that Robert F. Moran ’72 VSB, a Villanova alumnus and Chairman of the Board of GNC Holdings, Inc., will address the Class of 2018 as the University’s commencement speaker. Moran will also receive the degree of Doctor of Commercial Science, honoris causa. The University’s 175th commencement will be held Friday, May 18, at 4 p.m., in Villanova Stadium. In the event of severe weather, the ceremony will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 19 in the Stadium. read more
A Villanova University professor whose work with NASA’s Kepler mission has provided revolutionary new data on binary stars has been awarded a two-year, $449,000 grant from NASA to support his research. read more
Villanova University’s Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Institute has announced the winners of its seventh annual Pitch Day competition held April 19. Pitch Day gives students from across the University’s schools and colleges the opportunity to showcase their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, while gaining real-world experience in building an idea from the ground up. read more