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Communication News

  • 2017

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      Fall Courses

      September 25, 2017

      Students still looking for classes to fill their fall schedules can explore workplace identity, comparative social movements, citizen science and more in these fall courses.

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      25 Faces 25 Years: Patrick Rafferty

      July 18, 2017

      Patrick Rafferty's company works with health care firms, nonprofits and other organizations to create award-winning commercials, public service announcements, documentaries, marketing videos and more. Over the years, he’s interviewed numerous celebrities — everyone from Wyclef Jean to Ross Perot, Bill Gates to Hillary Clinton, Val Kilmer to Quincy Jones — and counts among his clients Discovery Communications, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgetown University, the National Institutes of Health and Walt Disney Pictures.

       

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      Editors Without Borders Work Across Disciplines at Drexel

      July 18, 2017

      Graduate students in the Department of Communication reached across disciplinary borders to help graduate students in Drexel’s science and engineering programs.

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      Fall Courses

      June 27, 2017

      Learn to think like a publicist, understand what it means to be a citizen scientist, and examine the idea of peace in these fall courses.

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      College of Arts and Sciences Tenure, Promotion and Awards

      June 26, 2017

      The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University could not be accomplished without the dedication and support of our faculty members. It is their pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and scholarship that reinforces our position as a modern liberal arts college, and enhances our University’s reputation as a world-class research institution.

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      Meet MS Communication Alumna Juliane Mills

      May 04, 2017

      Meet Drexel Master of Science in Public Communication and Master of Public Health Alumni Juliane Mills.

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      ‘Who Needs a Flu Shot? – Not Me’
       

      February 08, 2017

      “There has been a little flu, but there will be more…we have not seen the worst of it, flu usually peaks in February,” said an article in The Philadelphia Inquirer in January. Now in February, we think – people better get their flu shots, take vitamin C and heed the public health cautions plastered across the news media. But what impact do these public health messages actually have on us? Are we going to race out and get our flu shot? According to a Drexel University communication researcher, probably not. And it’s not because we think we’re invincible, it’s because we like to think we’re immune to the influences of messages in the mass media — a communications theory termed the “third-person effect.”

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      25 Faces 25 Years: Ian Michael Crumm

      February 06, 2017

      Ian Michael Crumm, a senior communication major at Drexel, smiles as he recounts one of his fondest memories: helping to organize and model in a fashion shoot for Beijing’s LifeStyle magazine with one of the city’s well-known fashion bloggers. His friend and fellow Drexel communication major Mollie Snyder was on co-op with the magazine at the time and invited Crumm to be a part of the spread.

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    • Anne Marie Dougherty

      Healing the Wounded

      February 02, 2017

      During the peak of the Iraq war, ABC News Anchor Bob Woodruff was struck by a roadside bomb in Iraq. The man known by millions of viewers across the country suffered a traumatic brain injury that nearly killed him.

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      25 Faces 25 Years: Rebecca Goodman

      January 04, 2017

      “On my first night of co-op with the Philadelphia 76ers, my boss led me into the Sixers locker room where the media was gathered,” recalls communication alumna Rebecca Goodman. “He handed me a tape recorder and said, ‘In five minutes, these reporters will be interviewing Allen Iverson. I need you to go in there and record everything he says.’

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      25 Faces 25 Years: Daniel Mann

      January 04, 2017

      When people rank the most desirable places to work, Facebook is consistently positioned at the top of the list. Hundreds of thousands of people apply each year, while many others count themselves out before they even reach the point of submitting an application.

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  • 2016

    • Alison Novak

      The Millennial Voice

      August 29, 2016

      Misinformation about young voters has created blind spots in recent elections that serve neither voters nor candidates.

       

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    • Alexander (Sandy) Friedlander, PhD and Maria Schultheis, PhD

      Announcing New Heads of Psychology & Communication

      July 26, 2016

      Maria Schultheis, PhD, has been named head of the Department of Psychology, and Alexander (Sandy) Friedlander, PhD, has assumed the role of interim head of the Department of Communication, effective July 1, 2016.

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      Drexel Students And Alumni Help Cancer Survivors "Cook For Life"

      June 22, 2016

      The Drexel Food Lab and Drexel Edits have joined forces to produce a series of recipes for Cook for Your Life, an organization founded by Ann Ogden in 2007 to promote healthy cooking for cancer patients and survivors. The collaboration is led by Lawrence Souder, PhD, teaching professor of communication and director of Drexel Edits, and Jonathan Deutsch, PhD, professor of culinary arts and food science.

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      College of Arts and Sciences Tenure, Promotion and Awards

      June 19, 2016

      The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University could not be accomplished without the dedication and support of our faculty members. It is their pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and scholarship that reinforces our position as a modern liberal arts college, and enhances our University’s reputation as a world-class research institution.

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      Fall Courses

      June 18, 2016

      Students will explore the origins of language, learn about Drexel's 125-year history, and discover the ins and outs of running a student newspaper in these fall courses.

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      Student Job Opportunities

      June 17, 2016

      Need extra cash to fund your summer travels? Apply to work with the Department of Communication or the offices of STS, Public Policy and Sociology.

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    • From left to right: Rob Jackson, Facility Supervisor at the Wright Recreation Center; Lawrence Souder, Director of Drexel Edits and host of "Good Morning, Neighbors"; and Nick Surgent, an undergraduate at Drexel University's Bennett S. LeBow College of Business and one of several Drexel Community Scholars

      WKDU Greets Local Nonprofits With 'Good Morning, Neighbors'

      March 23, 2016

      Student-run radio station WKDU, center for the support of nonprofit communications Drexel Edits and the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement come together to welcome local nonprofit organizations with “Good Morning, Neighbors,” a series of biweekly radio interviews.

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    • New Spring Courses

      January 05, 2016

      Students will lead fiction writing exercises with patients at CHOP, discover the therapeutic potential of philosophy, and learn about the millions of species of insects that co-inhabit our planet — for better or worse — in these spring courses!

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  • 2015

    • Drexel's Jordan McClain interviewed legendary "Fresh Air" host Terry Gross.

      Turning the Tables on Terry Gross

      November 23, 2015

      Terry Gross is currently celebrating 40 years as the award-winning host of National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air,” which boasts nearly 5 million listeners each week across more than 450 NPR stations. The show also has a massively popular podcast. Gross is widely considered one of the country’s leading and most important interviewers, but earlier this month, the legendary interviewer became the interviewee.

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    • Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. A group of 19 newspapermen, wire service, and newsreel cameramen, and representatives of OWI [Office of War Information] visited the Tule Lake Relocation Center. This was the first inspection tour granted the press.

      Communications Professor Analyzes Local Media Coverage of Japanese-American Incarceration Camps

      July 06, 2015

      Ron Bishop, professor and head of the Department of Communication, recently released a book showcasing how the internment of people of Japanese descent, more than 60 percent American citizens, was covered by local newspapers during World War Two.

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    • Bold, Open and Focused: How One Drexel Alum Landed a Job at Facebook

      April 27, 2015

      When people rank the most desirable places to work, Facebook is consistently positioned at the top of the list. Hundreds of thousands apply each year and yet, many others count themselves out before they even reach the point of submitting an application.

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    • The new course will provide students with a broad, interdisciplinary overview of critical, historical and practical issues pertaining to branding, marketing and consumerism.

      New Drexel Course on Affluenza and Consumer Culture is Open to the Public

      January 12, 2015

      As the dust settles after the chaos of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the holiday shopping season, it’s the perfect time to take a closer look at America’s consumer culture, including ‘affluenza,’ the epidemic of overconsumption. In a new course, called “Studying Consumerism,” offered by the Department of Communication in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences, students—and a limited number of alumni and members of the general public—can do just that. The winter term course, which runs from Jan. 5 – March 21, will provide students with a broad overview of critical, historical and practical issues pertaining to consumerism as well as branding and marketing.

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    • Mollie Snyder Great Wall of China

      A Co-op Covering the Best of Beijing Art and Fashion

      January 12, 2015

      Less than a year ago, Mollie Snyder "knew basically nothing about" China. But since starting her co-op at a bilingual Chinese magazine in September, she's been elevated from intern to editor, mingled with celebrities and attended high-end fashion shows.

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  • 2014

    • Dean Announces Reorganization of the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Culture and Communication

      December 17, 2014

      Last week, the University approved the college's request to reorganize the Department of Culture and Communication into four distinct departments. Those units, and their respective leadership, are as follows:

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    • Who's a Bigger Idiot? Men, Women or Purveyors of Joke Science?

      December 15, 2014

      Did you hear the news today? Science has finally proven that men are bigger idiots than women. Men: Hold on and don’t get too defensive just yet. Women: Don’t gloat, or we may turn out to be the idiots here. Because there are a few problems with this news that we should talk about.

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    • Lee Gutkind, founder of the literary magazine Creative Nonfiction, will join Drexel Nov. 3

      How to Write True Stories about Science and Society: The ‘Godfather of Creative Nonfiction’ Joins Drexel for Workshop

      October 23, 2014

      Lee Gutkind, “the ‘Godfather’ behind creative nonfiction” (Vanity Fair), will join Drexel University on Monday, Nov. 3 from 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. for a workshop and discussion to help faculty, students and other scholars, researchers and academics learn how to write about their research for a broad audience. The event aims to help those who have a passion to share their knowledge outside of the classroom, laboratory or institution to communicate their ideas to the public to advance knowledge and create new dialogue.

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    • Communications Student Builds His Brand One Blog at a Time

      August 19, 2014

      It all started with a blog. Eighteen months ago, Ian Michael Crumm launched his eponymous style blog with the goal of showing, in his own words, “what I wear, what I love, what I do and where I go.” And that was just the beginning. In that short time, he’s built what started with his blog into a full-blown lifestyle brand that has spread throughout Philadelphia and is now reaching the rest of the country.

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    • The Scholar of Street Style

      July 24, 2014

      Perched at the entrance of Lincoln Center, on the grand plaza that leads into the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week tent, Luvaas counted fewer photographers on the sidewalks this year snapping photos of the models, magazine editors, buyers and celebrities who swarm the annual event.

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    • New Courses for Fall

      June 24, 2014

      What do time, Abraham Lincoln and LGBT history have in common? They’re all topics you can learn about in these new fall courses!

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    • Student Job Opportunities

      June 20, 2014

      Looking for some extra summer cash? Apply for a work-study position with the physics department, psychology department, or Judaic Studies Program.

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    • Register for PR/Marketing Case Competition Sponsored by Comcast Business

      April 03, 2014

      Communications and marketing students are invited to work together to solve a business case during the Comcast Business PR/Marketing Case Competition held May 9, 2014 in Gerri C. LeBow Hall. The competition is a great opportunity to showcase your skills, work on a practical case with your peers and present your ideas to a panel of esteemed judges. This team competition will require strategic thinking, ethical decision-making, strong leadership and presentation skills. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.

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    • New Courses for Summer

      April 02, 2014

      Learn the ins and outs of urban farming, write a “Life Journal” for a hospice patient, or explore the funny—and often salacious—world of contemporary Brit Lit in these new courses.

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    • Why Are We Still Asking if Women Can ‘Have It All’?

      March 05, 2014

      A recent issue of The New York Times Magazine featured a story on Wendy Davis, the Texas state senator who is now running for governor. Splashed across the cover of the magazine was the question, “Can Wendy Davis Have It All?” The headline – and the article, which included a detailed examination of Davis’ personal life, including her role in raising her two daughters – drew criticism, and was called everything from outdated and clichéd to outright sexist.

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    • Drexel Edits: Grammar Police For a Good Cause

      March 05, 2014

      Nonprofit organizations often have many needs: Funding. Space. Volunteers. But how about an editor? The careful eye of a trained editor can be invaluable for groups that must communicate effectively to achieve their goals, and smaller organizations may not have the resources to pay one.

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    • How Street-Style Photographers Are Transforming the Fashion Industry, For Better or Worse

      March 03, 2014

      With fashion week events taking place throughout the month in New York City, London, Milan and Paris, February has quickly become known as "fashion month" among fashion aficionados. And, this past month, as the throngs of models, editors, buyers, celebrities and fashion insiders made the month-long global trek, so did the street-style photographers.

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    • New Initiative at Drexel Provides Pro-Bono Editing Services to Local Nonprofits

      February 12, 2014

      Drexel Edits, a new initiative launched by Lawrence Souder, PhD, an associate teaching professor in the Department of Culture and Communication at Drexel University, provides pro-bono editing services to area nonprofit organizations who need help with communications efforts that are essential to achieving their mission. Supported by the College of Arts and Sciences, Drexel Edits recruits volunteer editors from Drexel students, graduates and associates who want to give back to the community.

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    • Meet One of Criminal Justice’s Newest Faculty Members

      January 09, 2014

      Lallen Johnson, PhD, is a new assistant professor of criminal justice whose research focuses on crime and place, race and justice. In this Q&A, Johnson reveals what bad habit he vowed never to pick up as a prof, and the healthy habit he can’t live without.

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  • 2013

    • The Assignment Was a 15-Page Paper, And They Wrote 97 — And Raised $25,000

      December 19, 2013

      Drexel communication major's senior project is 15 pages. But that didn't stop Farrah Goldsmith and Cherilyn Buscarino from submitting a 97-page report. Still not impressed? The two seniors' endeavor also involved planning a 250-person major fundraising event for the Drexel Smart House (DSH) that raised more than $25,000.

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    • Mica Matlack's Job is to Turn Pages in a Book, and it Might Make You Jealous

      November 12, 2013

      She grew up in Audubon, N.J, but Mica Matlack never really thought about her hometown’s name until she started her co-op at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. The junior communications major

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    • Why is the Confederate Flag Appearing Around Philadelphia? A Q&A with Mary Ebeling

      October 24, 2013

      Mary Ebeling grew up in Virginia, and she has family members elsewhere in the South. So it wasn't as if she was unfamiliar with the Confederate battle flag. But when she saw one taped to a lamppost not far from her West Philadelphia home a few years ago, it was still a shock.

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      Student Finds Passion Through ARAMARK Co-op Experience

      October 10, 2013

      Drexel senior Lauren Sheppard is working part-time at Philadelphia's ARAMARK after completing a co-op there. She's a long way from where she was four years ago, when she thought her future would take her South.

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    • Farmland, Homes and Hope Disappear with Rising Waters in Haiti

      July 17, 2013

      Joseph is a truck driver from Fonds-Parisien, Haiti, who has nine children. His family has lived by Lake Azuei for generations. In the past 10 years, the lake has risen more than 10 meters and has doubled in size, from 155 square kilometers in 2004 to 354 square kilometers today.

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    • PR and Marketing Students Work Together to Win Inaugural Case Competition

      May 23, 2013

      Before class one fateful morning, communications student Patrick Medeo began his daily routine by checking his email. His eyes widened as he read an invitation to participate in a PR/Marketing Case Competition, sponsored by LeBow College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences. As he leaned to the person on his right to share his excitement

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    • Inside-Out Prison Exchange Course Expands Beyond Criminal Justice Courses

      May 02, 2013

      Last spring, Drexel’s first Inside-Out course offered students the chance to get out of the classroom and learn in a prison. Now, more than a year later, the five Inside-Out courses that will be held for the summer term of the 2013-14 school year will let students learn not only at a prison but also at a farm, a senior citizen home and an enterprise center.

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    • Rising Waters in Haiti and Dominican Republic: Where Will the Villagers Go?

      April 29, 2013

      Spring break in the Caribbean conjures up images of days on the beach and nights in the clubs. But for Dr. Mimi Sheller, director of the Mobilities Center in Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences, it meant something very different: trying to understand the effects of a climate-related or geological phenomenon that is imperiling two lakes on the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

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    • New Courses Break Barriers

      April 16, 2013

      Students looking for something different this summer should consider three new courses offered by the Community Inside-Out Program. Drexel undergraduates will have the opportunity to learn alongside West Philly residents as they work to transform empty lots into green spaces; offer recommendations on affordable housing policies; and document the lives of long-time residents. Interested? Attend one of the information sessions listed below!

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      Arianna Huffington Joins Drexel for a Discussion on the Future of Traditional and Social Media on April 30

      April 10, 2013

      Journalist and entrepreneur Arianna Huffington will join Drexel University on Tuesday, April 30, as the College of Arts and Sciences’ third lecturer in their annual Distinguished Lecture Series. Joining neuroscientist David Eagleman and acclaimed author Sir Salman Rushdie on the growing list of accomplished distinguished lecturers, Huffington will explore "The Brave New World of the 'New Media': How Social Media Has Revolutionized the Communications Landscape."

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    • What I'm Reading: Mimi Sheller

      February 28, 2013

      Mimi Sheller is a sociology professor who studies mobility in public life. Through her teaching and in her role as director of Drexel’s Center for Mobilities Research and Policy (mCenter ), Sheller studies how people move, how mobile communication changes how people move, and how new systems of mobility also create immobility.

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    • Q&A With New Director of Criminal Justice

      February 24, 2013

      Dr. Robert J. Kane joined the Department of Culture and Communication this fall as director of the Criminal Justice program. A strong environmental advocate and lover of coffee, Kane shares his journey from the police academy to professorship.

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    • Talkin' the Walk: Inspiring Future Leaders

      February 23, 2013

      The millennial generation has been denounced as both the most apathetic and selfish generation. Those in economically disadvantaged communities are stereotyped as unwilling or unable to create change. But are these groups capable of more than we give them credit for? Join Drexel University and members of the nonprofit LIFT on March 13th for a community forum that explores how to inspire the young and those who lack political power to stand up and make a difference.

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    • Dr. Mimi Sheller Featured in Mobile World Centre Video

      February 21, 2013

      Mimi Sheller will be featured in a video installed in the new Mobile World Center, in the heart of Barcelona. The Centre is Mobile World Capital’s permanent exhibition & venue, to spread and demonstrate the latest mobile technologies and solutions to citizens.

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    • Q&A with Dr. Douglas Porpora: The Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

      February 13, 2013

      Pope Benedict XVI startled the world Monday when he announced he would resign at the end of February. Eighty-five-year-old Benedict, a spiritual leader to billions of Roman Catholics, said his resignation is due in part to diminishing strength and advanced age.

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    • Q&A With Culture and Communication's Dr. Asta Zelenkauskaite

      February 07, 2013

      Dr. Zelenkauskaite joined Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences after earning her Ph.D. in mass communication at Indiana University. Her research interests include social media, computer-mediated communication, and user-generated content.

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    • What I'm Reading: Dr. Paul Evangelista

      February 05, 2013

      Dr. Paul Evangelista, an assistant teaching professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, recently celebrated an anniversary, and received the Autobiography of Mark Twain as a gift from his wife. A huge fan of Mark Twain, Evangelista was thrilled to receive the gift. What’s most interesting about it, he said, is that Twain is talking to his readers from the grave.

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    • What I'm Reading: Diane Sicotte

      January 22, 2013

      Drexel's Dr. Diane Sicotte, an associate professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences, is researching environmental inequality in the Philadelphia region, and is working on a book regarding her research.

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    • Good Cop, Bad Cop: Criminal Justice Prof Explores Police Misconduct in New Book

      January 16, 2013

      Dr. Robert Kane conducts an unprecedented investigation of police officers on the wrong side of the law in his new book Jammed Up: Bad Cops, Police Misconduct, and the New York City Police Department. Having received exclusive access to more than 1500 NYPD officer transgression reports filed over the last 20 years

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  • 2012

    • What I'm Reading: Dr. Barbara Hoekje

      December 07, 2012

      Dr. Barbara Hoekje, director of the English Language Center, is a self-described “dog person” who is currently reading The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs by Patricia McConnell. McConnell is an applied animal behaviorist, with a Ph.D. in zoology and a specialty in ethology, the study of animal behavior.

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    • CNN's Soledad O'Brien to Moderate Advance Screening of "Who is Black in America?" Documentary and Discussion

      November 28, 2012

      CNN’s Soledad O’Brien will join Drexel University for an advance screening of the new documentary “Who is Black in America?” on Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., part of a multi-part series moderated by O'Brien, which explores issues of colorism and identity.

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    • CoAS Faculty, Staff Win Outstanding Online Instruction and Advising Awards

      November 09, 2012

      Drexel University Online honored two members of the College of Arts and Sciences on Thursday, November 8th at the sixth annual National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) awards ceremony. NDLW recognizes exceptional leaders, faculty, and staff for their accomplishments and dedication to online learning.

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    • Q & A With Mimi Sheller

      August 06, 2012

      Mimi Sheller examines how people move, how mobile communication changes how people move and how new systems of mobility can actually create immobility. It's no wonder, then, that she's designed Drexel's Center for Mobilities Research and Policy (mCenter) to cross boundaries within disciplines and within Drexel...

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    • Drexel Experts Available to Comment on the 2012 Olympics

      July 19, 2012

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    • The Jewel Series: Mexican Literary Classics on the Screen

      March 20, 2012

      Café Latino, in conjunction with the Mexican Cultural Center (a local non-profit), is proud to host “The Jewel Series: Mexican Literary Classics on the Screen.” The series will kick off on April 26, 2012 at 6 PM

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    • Guest Speaker - Dr. Jaclyn Jeffrey

      March 19, 2012

      Laredo Texas is one of the nation's largest inland ports, a major entry point for drugs entering the U.S.  In this presentation, Dr. Jeffrey will talk about how Laredoans attempt to normalize the situation and avoid conflict as they go about living in the shadow of an “occupied zone.”

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    • New Study by Dr. Robert Brulle Predicts Public View of Climate Change

      February 13, 2012

      Public concern about climate change has varied widely over the past few decades. For example, Gallup has been polling individuals about how much they personally worry about climate change. In 2004, about 26 percent of the respondents stated that they worried "a great deal." By 2007, this proportion had risen to 41 percent. But by 2010, this fraction dropped to 28 percent. Why?

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    • New Course Opportunity (In Prison)

      January 09, 2012

      This spring, Drexel students will get a taste of life behind bars in “Prison, Society and You.” Taught by Cyndi Rickards, assistant teaching professor of criminal justice, the course will bring together 15 students with 15 incarcerated men and women in a seminar that takes place inside the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia.

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  • 2011

    • Drexel Students LIFT Spirits of Those in Need

      December 16, 2011

      Drexel is often hailed by students, alumni and parents for its cooperative education program—and for good reason. It allows students to receive valuable hands-on learning opportunities in a professional setting of their choice. But, one instructor at Drexel is engaging her students in another type of experiential learning—one that ties academia with local civic engagement.

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  • 2010