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. For their senior project, four engineering students worked with faculty advisor Dr. Mark Jupina to design a system that measures players’ brain waves to assess their level of focus while playing Mario Kart. The more focused the player is, the quicker they will be able to move in the game, while lapses of focus slow the player’s Kart down.
The pontificate of Pope Francis will be the focus of an April 12-15 international conference sponsored by The Institute for Catholic Social Thought at Villanova University. The on-campus event, titled, “Francis, a Voice Crying Out in the World: Mercy, Justice, Love, and Care for the Earth,” is being held in commemoration of the pontiff’s recent fifth year anniversary. read more
Villanova University announced today that its historic comprehensive capital campaign, “For the Greater Great: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change,” has reached $750 million in gifts and pledges. The University reached its $600 million goal for the campaign in December 2016—18 months ahead of schedule. Villanova also announced that it has exceeded $107 million in gifts and pledges in the current fiscal year, marking the fifth consecutive fiscal year in which fundraising surpassed $100 million. The campaign is scheduled to close at the end of the University’s fiscal year on May 31, 2018. read more
The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) has recognized Dr. Terry Nance, Associate Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer and associate professor of Communication at Villanova University, as the recipient of the Frank W. Hale, Jr. Distinguished Service Award. The NADOHR honored Dr. Nance at its annual conference March 9 in Washington, D.C. read more
The Villanova University Art Gallery proudly presents The Love Which Moves the Sun and Stars: The Art of Brother Mickey McGrath and A Collection of Papal Artifacts, on display April 11-August 10. The exhibit, which coincides with the fifth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis, includes many pieces that were directly inspired by the Pope’s words or deeds. Other pieces convey the spirit of mercy and compassion that has been the hallmark of his papacy. read more
Villanova University History Professor Marc Gallicchio, PhD, has been named as one of three winners of the prestigious Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy for his book, Implacable Foes: War in the Pacific, 1944-1945. The book is co-authored by Waldo Heinrichs, PhD, Professor Emeritus at San Diego State University. read more
Associate Professor Dr. Ruth McDermott-Levy, director of the College's Center for Global and Public Health, has received a Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Health and Environmental Sciences Award for teaching and research. She will be at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) from August to December. read more
Villanova University is listed among the top producers of 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Students, recently announced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Top-producing U.S. colleges and universities are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education. read more