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2011

  • December

    • Holiday Survival Guide

      December 21, 2011

      During the holiday season, Drexel University experts are available to help news media with a variety of stories.

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    • 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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    • History & Politics Department Head Elected to LSA Board

      December 06, 2011

      Scott Barclay, Ph.D., professor and head of the Department of History and Politics, has been elected to the Law and Society Association’s Class of 2014 Board of Trustees.

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    • Dr. Richards Receives Humboldt Research Fellowship

      December 01, 2011

      Dr. Gordon Richards is the recipient of a Humboldt Research Fellowship from the Germany-based Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

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  • November

  • October

    • Confederate Reckoning

      October 31, 2011

      Join us on Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. in room 301 Main (32nd and Chestnut Streets) for a talk with Dr. Stephanie McCurry from the University of Pennsylvania!

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    • Drexel Academy of Natural Sciences Complete Affiliation Agreement

      October 27, 2011

      The Academy of Natural Sciences President and CEO George W. Gephart, Jr., and Drexel University President John A. Fry, joined with Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the completion of an historic affiliation between the Academy and Drexel that will promote discovery, learning and civic engagement in the natural and environmental sciences and further enhance Philadelphia’s reputation as a leader in scientific research and education.

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    • Professor Frank Ji's Manuscript Accepted for Publication

      October 14, 2011

      "High Proton Conductivity of Water Channels in a Highly-Ordered Nanowire" Accepted on Angewandte Chemie Authors: H. Wang, X. Xu, N. Johnson, N. K. R. Dandala, and H. Ji.

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    • ANT 2011 "Advances in Neutrino Technology"

      October 10, 2011

      Dr. Jelena Maricic, assistant professor of physics, is hosting the ANT 2011 meeting, October 10-12, 2011 at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia.

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    • English and Philosophy Welcomes Nathan Hanna

      October 05, 2011

      The Department of English and Philosophy warmly welcomes a new tenure-track faculty member this term: Dr. Nathan Hanna, assistant professor of English and Philosophy.

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    • Drexel Prof Named Philly Creative Connector

      October 04, 2011

      The College of Arts and Sciences’ Kathleen Volk Miller was named one of Philadelphia’s top 76 Creative Connectors by Leadership Philadelphia. The full list of connectors can be found on the WHYY/NewsWorks website, along with a personal essay by Volk Miller that details her work as co-editor of the international literary magazine Painted Bride Quarterly and as co-director of the Drexel Publishing Group.

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    • Bringing the Outdoors In: Doors Officially Open to Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building

      October 03, 2011

      As you’ve surely heard—or seen—the College of Arts and Sciences’ new Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building has officially opened at the corner of 33rd and Chestnut Streets. Home to North America’s largest living biowall (and the only wall of its kind in a U.S. university), the Silver LEED-certified PISB is an impressive structure from top to bottom.

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  • September

    • Panorama 2011

      September 30, 2011

      College of Arts and Sciences freshmen kicked off the school year with PANORAMA 2011, a Drexel tradition now in its second year. On the morning of September 16, roughly 400 CoAS students, faculty and staff gathered in Behrakis Hall to discuss the 2011 shared freshmen reading: Hoops by Philadelphia-native Major Jackson. In an exciting twist this year, Jackson joined the event—via Skype.

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    • Five-Story Biowall of Plants Serves as a Living Laboratory for Air Quality Research at Drexel

      September 29, 2011

      Drexel's new Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building features a five-story vertical wall of living plants – the largest such wall in North America and the only one at a U.S. university. Scientists and students at Drexel are studying the biowall, an active living filter that removes volatile organic compounds from the air, to get a better understanding of how it works.

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    • NBC10 presents: Ask The Mayor!

      September 26, 2011

      Do you have an idea or an issue you want to get in front of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter? Now's your chance on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 7:00 pm!

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    • Prof. Elizabeth T. Papish Receives Drexel University Career Development Award

      September 19, 2011

      Assistant Professor Elizabeth T. Papish received a Drexel University Career Development Award to fund “Bioinorganic and Organometallic Chemistry Seminars to Discuss “Big Picture” Issues: Green Chemistry and Bioinspired Catalysis.”

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  • August

  • July

    • Remembering Dr. F. Elaine DeLancey

      July 21, 2011

      It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. F. Elaine DeLancey, associate professor of English and founding editor of BMa: The Sonia Sanchez Literary Review. Dr. DeLancey died in her home on Monday, July 18, 2011.

      In her 33 years at Drexel, Dr. DeLancey served not only as a faculty member in the Department of English, but also as the director of the African American Studies and Women’s Studies programs for a number of years. She taught courses in American and African American literature, with a distinct focus on the interplay between science, technology, and literature. For her expertise in these areas, she was invited to serve as a Pennsylvania Humanities Council speaker for five years in the 1990s, lecturing on “Technology & the Black Community: Black Talk Radio” and “Technology & the Black Community: Internet,” and “Slave Narratives.”

      The Drexel community and the world at large benefitted from Dr. DeLancey’s early appreciation for the work of African American poet Sonia Sanchez. As the foremost scholar on Sanchez, DeLancey championed her importance to the literary community long before most people, making Drexel one of the first universities to honor and teach Sanchez’s work.

      A high-achiever from a young age, Dr. DeLancey was named Junior Fellow of the Carnegie Foundation when she was a senior at Temple University. This prestigious appointment allowed her to conduct research with Lawrence Reddick, American historian and biographer of Martin Luther King Jr., and Alex Haley, author of Roots and coauthor of The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Dr. DeLancey went on to receive her M.A. in American literature (English composition) and her Ph.D. in American literature (early and modern) from Temple.

      The College of Arts and Sciences and Drexel University as a whole have lost a talented and well-respected scholar. Our deepest sympathies go out to Dr. DeLancey’s family and close friends.

      An event will be held in Dr. DeLancey's honor at the start of classes in September. More information will be announced on this page as the academic year approaches.

      A personal message from Dr. Abioseh Porter, head of the Department of English, can be found here.

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    • Drexel SPS Wins Prestigious National Award

      July 15, 2011

      The Drexel chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has been selected as a 2011 Blake Lilly Prize winner.

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    • Simon Foucart Receives the Journal of Complexity 2010 Best Paper Award

      July 11, 2011

      On Saturday, July 9, 2011, Simon Foucart (Assistant Professor), Alain Pajor, Holger Rauhut and Tino Ullrich received the Journal of Complexity 2010 Best Paper Award. The award was announced at the Foundations of Computational Mathematics (FoCM) conference held in Budapest and was also announced in the Journal of Complexity (December 2011). The topic of their paper was "The Gelfand Widths of lp-Balls for 0 < p ≤ 1".

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  • June

    • International Workshop Organized to Honor Dr. Gilmore

      June 28, 2011

      The DYCOEC group at the Universite de Rouen hosted the workshop “From Laser Dynamics to Topology of Chaos” to celebrate Dr. Robert Gilmore’s 70th Birthday.

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    • Week of Writing

      June 22, 2011

      Drexel's Week of Writing takes place annually during the Spring spring term. Highlights from this year’s weeklong event include panel discussions on The Future of the Graphic Novel; , The Art of Advertising, and Sketch Comedy Writing. Renowned writers and editors like Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights, and Andrew McCarthy, travel writer and actor, also shared their expertise.

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    • JKCF Graduate Arts Award Recipient

      June 20, 2011

      Rachel Semigran, B.A. English '10, was one of only ten students nationally to receive the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award for 2011. This generous award supports students of exceptional promise and financial need to attend graduate school in the creative or performing arts. Rachel will pursue a Master's in Community-Based Theater from the Central School of Drama at the University of London.

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    • Dr. Jacob Russell Gave a Talk At The Evolution Meetings

      June 18, 2011

      Dr. Jacob Russell, assistant professor of Biology, CoAS, recently traveled to the Evolution meetings in Norman, OK, where he gave a talk entitled "Microbial Menageries of Ants"

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    • 6th Annual Week of Writing

      June 16, 2011

      If you missed the 6th Annual Week of Writing, never fear: we have (almost) the whole week on video. Watch visiting authors and faculty discuss writing about travel, history, comedy, graphic novels and more! View the videos here.

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    • Physics Major Receives an Outstanding Leadership Scholarship Award

      June 10, 2011

      Sajjan Mehta, physics’ senior, is the recipient of a 2011 national SPS Outstanding Leadership Scholarship award.

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    • Danny Pan Successfully Defends Dissertation

      June 08, 2011

      Danny Pan successfully defended his PhD thesis "Cosmic Voids and Void Properties ". Danny's advisor was Dr. Michael Vogeley. Congratulations Danny!

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    • 2011 History Honor Society Induction

      June 07, 2011

      On May 25, 2011, the Department of History & Politics was pleased to announce eight new members to Drexel's Omega Rho chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national History honors society.

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    • Dr. Jacob Russell Published a Review On Wolbachia of Ants.

      June 07, 2011

      Dr. Jacob Russell, assistant professor of Biology, CoAS, recently published a review article/meta-analysis on Wolbachia of ants.

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    • 2011 Chemistry Department Award Winners

      June 03, 2011

      The 2011 Chemistry Department awards were officially presented at the College of Arts & Sciences Honors Day, May 19, 2011, in Mandell Theater.

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    • The Ruth and Eugene Rosenbaum Graduate Teaching Assistant Award 2011 Winners

      June 02, 2011

      The award ceremony for the The Ruth and Eugene Rosenbaum Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards was held on May 20, 2011, in the Department of Chemistry's conference room.

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    • Shadow Acts: Featuring Sonia Sanchez and Friends

      June 01, 2011

      Friday, June 3, 2011 @ 7 PM, Mitchell Auditorium, Bossone Research Center (3128 Market Street)

      Drexel's College of Arts & Sciences and Westphal College have organized a celebration highlighting poetry, jazz, hip-hop and spoken word—pillars of African American culture. The highlight of the evening will be new work by award-winning poet Sonia Sanchez. Sanchez, a Philadelphia native, has authored over a dozen books of poetry, served as professor of poetry at eight universities, and lectured nationally and internationally on Black culture and literacy. Her new work for this event was inspired by the art of Kara Walker and Yinka Shonibare, whose work will be projected during Sanchez's poetry reading. Walker is a critically-acclaimed painter and printmaking artist who exhibits worldwide. Shonibare, an English painter, sculptor and photographer, explores the issues of race and class in contemporary society. Philadelphia Weekly staff writer Tara Murtha will moderate a discussion.

      Sanchez will be joined on stage for discussion and performances by several poets, musicians, artists and academics including jazz artists Evan Solot and Odean Pope; poet and rap artist Ursula Rucker; Latin musicians Ray and Marie Taylor; Black activist and owner of Philadelphia's Robin's bookstore (110 S. 13th St.) Larry Robins; and Professor James Spady, author of 360 Degreez of Sonia Sanchez: Hip Hop, Narrativity, Iqhawe and Public Spaces of Being (2000). The evening also features Drexel music professor and ethnomusicologist, Dr. George Starks, performing with the George Starks Jazz Quartet. Also performing is MAD Dragon recording artist Kuf Knotz, who has been at the center of Philadelphia's hip-hop scene for nearly a decade and is releasing the Deluxe CD Edition of his album, Boombox Logic, Sunday June 5th, on Drexel University's student-run record label, MAD Dragon Records.

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    • Physics Students win Chambliss Astronomy Award

      June 01, 2011

      Two of our students, Sajjan Mehta, physics major (shown in the photograph), and Alfred Whitehead, DC candidate, received the Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Award at the 218th meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

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    • Dr. Shivanthi Anandan Received an Award.

      June 01, 2011

      Dr. Shivanthi Anandan, received The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Teaching Excellence award

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    • Dr. Elias Spiliotis Received an Award.

      June 01, 2011

      Dr. Elias Spiliotis, received The Antelo Devereux Award for Young Faculty award!

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    • 6th Annual Graduate Student Association Awards 2011

      June 01, 2011

      The 6th Annual Graduate Student Association Awards were presented on May 25, 2011 at Van Rensselaer Hall.

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  • May

    • The Academy of Natural Sciences and Drexel Announce Historic Affiliation

      May 19, 2011

      The collaboration will further Philadelphia’s reputation as a leader in the Natural and Environmental Sciences; The Pew Charitable Trusts Announces $1 million grant

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    • CoAS Honors Day Winners

      May 19, 2011

      Congratulations to the following Physics undergraduate students who have won awards at the CoAS Honors Day event, held on May 19, 2011, at the Mandell Theater.

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    • Famous Authors, Actors and More at the 2011 Week of Writing

      May 16, 2011

      The sixth annual Week of Writing (WoW) will kick off on May 23, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in Behrakis Grand Hall. This year boasts some exciting special guests, including comic book writer John Arcudi, best known for his work on The Mask; Tom Brennan, Drexel alumnus and editor at Marvel Comics; travel writer and actor Andrew McCarthy; and H.G. Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights. As always, the series will also include readings by faculty and students, as well as panels, writing workshops, the Story Slam and a bookfair.

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      Panel discussions will center on a range of topics, from “The Future of the Graphic Novel” and “Sketch Comedy Writing,” to “The Art of Advertising” and “The Young Adult Novel.” On Thursday, May 26 at 12:30pm, the “Making History” panel will feature Bissinger, among others. Bissinger is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and the author of three highly-acclaimed nonfiction books, including Friday Night Lights and A Prayer for the City, the critically-acclaimed account of former Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell’s first term. Bissinger and his fellow panelists will discuss the challenges involved in manipulating historical events and characters in their writing, including the issue of achieving realistic atmosphere and (in some cases) dialogue, and the problems involved in recreating the past with limited or contradictory resources.

      Also on May 26, four accomplished writers will discuss travel writing, including their own work and what it means to be a travel writer in the 21st century. Andrew McCarthy will be among the panelists. McCarthy is a two-time Lowell Thomas Award winner and a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler. His travel writing has appeared in Travel+Leisure, Men's Journal, National Geographic Adventure, and The Atlantic, among others. Before travel writing, McCarthy was best known for his starring roles in such films as “Pretty in Pink,” “St. Elmo's Fire,” and “Weekend at Bernie's.”

      Reading marathons throughout the week will feature the student winners of the Drexel Publishing Group writing contests, as well as the work of faculty from across the University.

      “This year,” noted Kathleen Volk Miller, organizer of WoW and co-director of the Drexel Publishing Group, “our investment is university-wide and not just something the English department is doing. We’ve integrated other departments and colleges into our process from the very early planning stages, and will have representation from Pennoni, Westphal, and various CoAS departments.”

      Painted Bride Quarterly, an international literary publication housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, will also host the third annual Bookfair for Literacy in the Great Court of the Main Building on Wednesday, May 25. The Bookfair will feature both regional and national literary publications, including the American Poetry Review, Philadelphia Stories, The Literary Review, and comic book publisher Ringtail Café Productions, as well as a used book sale. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to Philadelphia Reads, a literacy non-profit, while the remaining books will be given to Books through Bars, an organization that distributes educational materials to prisoners. The entire Drexel community is invited to donate their used books: drop-boxes are located on the first floors of the Creese Student Center and MacAlister Hall. This event, in particular, harnesses efforts to acknowledge that the written word has never been more important, and that the role of the book continues to be crucial.

      The week will culminate in one of WoW’s historically most popular events, the Story Slam. Part Whose Line is It Anyway? and part Henry Rollins, the event is a glimpse into the monthly Story Slams hosted by Painted Bride, of which Volk Miller is editor in chief. Often humorous by nature, the Slam introduces students to the spontaneous side of writing—encouraging them to re-imagine literature, and to write it.

      Said Volk Miller, “I would hope that WoW would be one of the things that really does set us apart from other schools; we have a spectrum of events and fantastic guests—every panel is put together with so much thought. To be given that opportunity right on your own campus, to have these really unique, one-of-a-kind events, is very lucky.”

      Locations for WoW events vary, though most will be hosted in the Mandell Theater Lobby, accessible via Chestnut Street entrances. Please check the event schedule for individual event details.

      This event is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of English and Philosophy, and in part by Magnificent Minds, Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design and the Pennoni Honors College.

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    • CoAS Students, Faculty Win Awards

      May 14, 2011

      As the 2010-11 school year comes to a close, students and faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences continue to receive prestigious honors, ranging from Fulbright Scholarships to the Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship, to awards from Drexel's own Steinbright Career Development Center.

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    • Shapcott, Woerdeman, Arnold

      Math of Golf Analyzed in Lecture

      May 13, 2011

      The College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Mathematics sponsored “Mathematics That Swings: The Math Behind Golf,” the first of their annual Distinguished Lecture Series, May 11.

      Ron Perline, associate professor in the mathematics department, was in charge of setting up the Distinguished Lecture Series this year.

      “It’s a little bit different this year than it was last year. In the past what we’ve had is some fairly prominent and respected mathematician come and give a technical lecture which is supposed to be understandable for a fair amount of faculty,” Perline said.

      This year the series was comprised of two lectures: “Mathematics That Swings: The Math Behind Golf” for general math students, and “Finite Element Exterior Calculus: Where Numerical PDE Meets Topology” for graduate students and professors.

      “We thought it would be important to have them also communicate something to a more general technical audience. By that I mean we had people here who were freshmen calculus students and I think that they could follow a fair amount of it,” Perline said.

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    • Kevin Smith Received a Highly Commended Citation!!

      May 12, 2011

      Congratulations to Kevin Smith for receiving a Highly Commended Citation!

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    • Jack The Ripper Through a Wider Lens

      May 12, 2011

      Enigmatic and haunting, Jack the Ripper is perhaps the most infamous serial killer in history. So many popular books and movies have speculated on his origins and historical implications. So much has been written, yet so little is known.

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    • Victoria Egerton Received the 2011 TA Excellence Award!

      May 12, 2011

      Congratulations to Victoria Egerton for receiving the 2011 TA Excellence Award!

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    • Local Living Economies: Policy for Sustainable Business, with Judy Wicks

      May 03, 2011

      Judy Wicks, founder of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia and the White Dog Café, and cofounder of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, will speak at Drexel on May 20th.

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    • Travis Hoppe Successfully Defends Dissertation

      May 03, 2011

      Travis A. Hoppe successfully defended his PhD thesis "On the Role of Entropy in the Protein Folding Process". Travis' advisor was Dr. Jian-Min Yuan. Congratulations Travis!

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  • April

  • March

    • Sajjan Mehta Wins Goldwater Scholarship

      March 30, 2011

      Physics Junior Sajjan Mehta has achieved national distinction as a recipient of the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Sajjan plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics conducting research in particle cosmology and mathematical physics while teaching at the University level.

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  • February

  • January