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2016

  • December

  • November

    • climate change

      Urban Climate Change Research Hub Opens at Drexel

      November 29, 2016

      In the battle to adapt to and mitigate climate change caused by humans, most environmental engineers and climate scientists agree that cities are the front line. Due to the sheer density of their population, and the quantity of resources they consume, cities have the potential to most quickly and significantly affect—and be affected by—climate risks. They also have the ability to integrate climate resiliency into their plans for the future, according to environmental engineering professor Franco Montalto, PhD, who will direct a network of North American climate change researchers concerting their efforts via a new hub at Drexel University. 

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    • Ted Daeschler, PhD

      Journey to the Bottom of the World: Academy Researcher to Dig for Fossils in Antarctica

      November 21, 2016

      On his latest adventure, Ted Daeschler won’t have to keep an eye out for wolves or polar bears. That’s a welcome change. “That’ll be very comforting,” he laughed. For the first time, Daeschler, a PhD who serves as vice president of Collections and the Library of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, will head to Antarctica to seek out fossils dating back to a time before the dinosaurs.

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    • Jennie David

      Jennie David Featured in Pediatric Gastroenterology Special Interest Group Newsletter

      November 17, 2016

      Jennie David was featured as the student spotlight in the Fall/Winter 2016 newsletter of the Pediatric Gastroenterology Special Interest Group (PG-SIG) within APA's Pediatric Psychology Division.

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    • Golden Crowned Kinglet

      Into The Trees

      November 16, 2016

      A few times a year, scientists from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University venture to remote regions of the planet on some of the most important field trips in the name of science: collecting expeditions. The material they bring back has the potential to open new lines of research and answer limitless questions about life on Earth.

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    • Jonathan E. Spanier, PhD

      Tiny Switch

      November 15, 2016

      A bit of residual moisture helped researchers unlock the ultraviolet light-emitting potential of a material they were studying.

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    • Mentoring graphic

      5 Rules for Being a Successful Mentor and Mentee

      November 09, 2016

      Mentorship is a universal language that has helped guide some of the world’s most impactful CEOs, artists and humanitarians. The late former Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs was a known mentor to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Celebrated author and poet Maya Angelou was a major influence on entrepreneur and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey’s career. Even Mother Teresa credits a mentor for helping guide her life’s mission and impact.

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    • Mario the Dragon Drexel University Statue

      STAR Scholar Q&A with Ejaz Momen and Professor Lloyd Ackert

      November 08, 2016

      Ejaz Momen, Politics '20, has a very full schedule, including an accelerated BA-JD with Drexel University’s School of Law, minors in Arabic and History, and keeping up with his favorite British television shows (imports only – no substitutions!). But in addition to all of his scholarly work, Ejaz took his first summer at Drexel University to participate in the STAR Scholars program with Lloyd Ackert, PhD.

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    • Dimetrodon

      Dimetrodon Discovery

      November 07, 2016

      A prehistoric fossil is “discovered” in the University’s collections and finally classified with its close relatives, 160 years after being dug out of the ground. Since 1845, a segment of an upper jawbone with serrated, inches-long teeth has resided on a shelf at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University under the name Bathygnathus borealism. But like many of the millions of specimens at the Academy, this 270-million-year-old fossil still had a story to tell.

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    • John Kounios, PhD

      The Thinker

      November 07, 2016

      How does a brain scientist known for discovering the neural pathway of sudden, creative insight achieve his own flashes of inspiration? It’s all about getting into the right headspace.

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    • James Herbert

      Q&A With Graduate College Dean and Executive Vice Provost James Herbert

      November 03, 2016

      You might call the one-year anniversary of Drexel’s Graduate College “the great rollout.” For the past year, with inaugural Dean and Executive Vice Provost James Herbert, PhD, leading the way, the college has moved into its new home and set in place a long list of initiatives. Now it’s time to mobilize.

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  • October

    • Kathleen Volk Miller

      Kathleen Volk Miller Published in "O’s…Guide to Starting Over"

      October 31, 2016

      An essay on choosing happiness by Kathleen Volk Miller, teaching professor of English, co-editor of the Drexel Publishing Group, and co-editor of PBQ, was chosen as the penultimate essay for the anthology “O’s…Guide to Starting Over."

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    • Diet Dash logo

      Philly Researchers Develop Sweet-Resisting 'Brain Game'

      October 26, 2016

      CBS Philly and a number of other television stations throughout the US have recently aired a segment about Project DASH, a new computerized brain-training program designed to help users reduce their sugar intake and lose weight.

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    • "How Fast Can You Run?"

      Drexel Professor Writes the Incredible True Story of the Life of a Sudanese Refugee

      October 24, 2016

      Drexel professor Harriet Levin Millan wrote about the incredible journey of a Sudanese refugee in a book that was made possible through a chance encounter in her creative writing class seven years ago.

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    • 125 Years Drexel Logo

      Drexel Public Lecture Series Now Online

      October 18, 2016

      Missed the weekly public lectures honoring Drexel's 125th anniversary? Videos from the past lectures are now archived and able to be watched (or binge-watched) online. Be sure to check back if you miss a week to catch up on Drexel's history.

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    • The Ichthyosaurus somersetensis specimen at the Academy of Natural Sciences with (from L–R) Ted Daeschler, Dean Lomax and Judy Massare.

      160 Years After Its Arrival, New Ichthyosaurus identified at the Academy of Natural Sciences

      October 12, 2016

      More than 160 years after its discovery in an English quarry, an ancient, aquatic reptile specimen at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University has finally been given its own name.

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    • Yellow-faced bee. Photo by Katja Schulz

      4 Things to Know About Bees Hitting the Endangered Species List

      October 12, 2016

      For the first time, bees have been placed on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ Endangered Species List. Sean O’Donnell, PhD, professor in Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences, is an expert on tropical insect ecology, focusing on bees, wasps and ants. He explains here what the addition of bees to the list means and where the prolific pollinators might go from here.

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    • A New Jersey Transit commuter train parked at Hoboken Terminal. (Michael Hicks / flickr)

      Q&A: Why Can't the New Jersey Train Engineer Remember the Crash?

      October 12, 2016

      The engineer of the New Jersey Transit train that crashed at Hoboken Terminal last week, killing one woman and injuring more than 100 people, told federal investigators that he was going only 10 mph as he approached the station, but does not remember the accident.

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    • Fossils discovered from the B. rex around a drawing of what the fish's head looked like.

      A New ‘King’ — New, Gigantic, Ancient Armored Fish Discovered

      October 11, 2016

      In the Arctic, a team that included scientists from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University found fossils of a giant new species of extinct armored fish that they named Bothriolepis rex — the new king of Bothriolepis.

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    • Building Drexel the University and its City-1891-2016

      "Building Drexel the University and its City: 1891-2016"

      October 06, 2016

      The first comprehensive history of Drexel University in Philadelphia will be published in conjunction of Drexel’s 125th anniversary. “Building Drexel: The University and Its City, 1891-2016” traces Drexel’s founding in 1891 all the way to today, using illustrations and firsthand accounts to tell the story of Drexel’s 125 years.

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    • Rheophyte Illustration

      Natural Born Mysteries

      October 05, 2016

      Until recently, the flora of the interior of Cambodia’s Cardamom region has remained largely uncatalogued. But as Cambodian and international survey teams collaborate, more and more species are coming to light.

      Such was the case for Sarcolobus cambogensis, a rheophytic shrub discovered in the Tatai River in the Koh Kong province.

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    • Drexel Physics Graduate Student Rebecca Phillipson

      Q&A: A Fellowship to Discover Black Holes’ Secrets

      October 04, 2016

      Black holes remain one of the most mysterious and intriguing objects in our universe. One of the newest celestial objects to be studied — they were only first theorized in the 20th century — black holes are areas in space that have such strong gravity that not even light can escape them.

      However, there is little known about them. We don’t even have a real picture of one. That knowledge gap is where Rebecca Phillipson comes in. A physics graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences, Phillipson dreams of discovering more about what makes black holes work.

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  • September

  • August

    • 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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    • Mouse brain showing astrocytes

      One Cell, Many Roles

      August 29, 2016

      Specialized cells called astrocytes were once thought to be bit players in the central nervous system, but closer inspection suggests they have complex roles.

       

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    • Giancarlo Stefoni

      The Money Man

      August 29, 2016

      The individual who manages fundraising for Hillary Clinton for all of Pennsylvania was just a student volunteer at a Democratic debate rehearsal a few years ago.

       

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    • Deccan Traps

      What really killed them?

      August 29, 2016

      A new theory suggests that the dinosaurs' fate was sealed by not just one, but two separate disasters around 66 million years ago.

       

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    • Credibility On Camera

      August 26, 2016

      A Drexel professor will evaluate a new body camera initiative launched by Philadelphia’s transit agency meant to reduce crime and improve officer-citizen relationships.

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    • William Smith Geology Map

      Science Underfoot

      August 25, 2016

      The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University celebrated the 200th anniversary of the geological map that laid the foundation for earth science with a rare public viewing this year.

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    • student working at chalkboard

      Fall Courses 2016

      August 24, 2016

      Students entering their sophomore year or later are invited to explore the history of Presidential elections in the U.S., analyze the causes of climate change, or consider what it means to be human in these featured fall courses!

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    • Drexel Alumni Bill Wine

      A Critical Eye

      August 23, 2016

      Emmy Award-winning film critic Bill Wine says it's his days studying math - yes, math! - at Drexel that helped him develop that analytical edge that's required for his niche in the world of show business.

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    • Law of the Jungle - Image by Exel magazine

      Law of the Jungle, Ignored

      August 23, 2016

      On Equatorial Guinea’s island of Bioko, rising prosperity and lax conservation enforcement have devastated the population of primates and other animals prized by consumers as “bushmeat” delicacies. Thirteen years of data collected by a team of researchers on the island of Bioko show how ineffective the country’s lax environmental conservation laws were in stemming the growth of illegal hunting.

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    • Hubble Space Telescope - Black Hole

      Shining a Light on Black Holes

      August 22, 2016

      Astrophysicist Gordon Richards has discovered more black holes than anyone else in the universe. With assistance from a powerful new telescope being built in Chile, he plans to beat his own record.

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    • Illegal Logging in Ghana

      Vanishing

      August 22, 2016

      In Ghana, over half of all forest understory birds have vanished in just 15 years as unchecked illegal logging, economic stress and demand for African timber take their toll on the nation’s rainforests.

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    • Scott Knowles, PhD, department head and associate professor in the Department of History.

      Q&A: Scott Knowles on Why He Created Two History Courses to Engage All Students in Current Events

      August 22, 2016

      Scott Knowles, PhD, associate professor and head of the History Department, will teach two courses this fall about important current events on campus and across the country.

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    • Second Chances Illustration by Brian Stauffer

      Second Chances for First Time Offenders

      August 22, 2016

      Strict “zero tolerance” policies have led to a disturbing number of in-school arrests — about 1,600 in the School District of Philadelphia annually. Once in the justice system, youths’ life chances are diminished considerably. Psychology Professor Naomi Goldstein is working with community partners to divert students from the damaging “school-to-prison pipeline,” improving outcomes for youth and making Philadelphia a national leader in the process.

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    • Senior Vice Provost for Research Aleister Saunders.

      Q&A With Senior Vice Provost for Research Aleister Saunders

      August 11, 2016

      University research typically is a fairly insular endeavor, played out at the department level with little cross-pollination among the various disciplines. Senior Vice Provost for Research Aleister Saunders is trying to widen that view. He has been advocating a university-wide approach to research, looking for those areas where Drexel can support and encourage investigations that cut across departments and disciplines.

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    • Mark McCurdy

      Mark McCurdy Receives APA Convention Society Research Award

      August 10, 2016

      Mark McCurdy's research was recognized by Psi Chi at the 2016 APA Convention, where he received the APA Convention Society Research Award for his project.

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    • Mary Godfrey

      Mary Godfrey Receives APA Student Travel Award

      August 09, 2016

      Mary Godfrey presented her project entitled "Language Profiles of Males with Sex Chromosomal Aneuploidies Vary as Function of Comorbid Autism Symptoms" at the American Psychological Association’s Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado.

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    • bulk photovoltaic effect

      Making a Solar Energy Conversion Breakthrough With Help From a Ferroelectrics Pioneer

      August 08, 2016

      Designers of solar cells may soon be setting their sights higher, as a discovery by a team of researchers has revealed a class of materials that could be better at converting sunlight into energy than those currently being used in solar arrays. Their research shows how a material can be used to extract power from a small portion of the sunlight spectrum with a conversion efficiency that is above its theoretical maximum — a value called the Shockley-Queisser limit. This finding, which could lead to more power-efficient solar cells, was seeded in a near-half-century old discovery by Russian physicist Vladimir M. Fridkin, PhD, a visiting professor of physics at Drexel University, who is also known as one of the innovators behind the photocopier. 

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    • Caitlin Walczyk will be the first Drexel student to receive a scholarship or fellowship to study in Kazakhstan.

      Drexel Sends First Dragon to Kazakhstan

      August 03, 2016

      Caitlin Walczyk will be the first Drexel student to receive a scholarship or fellowship to study in Kazakhstan when she spends a year studying Russian in the country as a Boren Awards honoree.

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    • Postdoctoral Research Fellow Opportunity in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

      August 01, 2016

      A Postdoctoral Research Fellow position is available in Drexel University's Department of Chemistry. The successful candidate will have a PhD in synthetic organic or organometallic chemistry and a strong background in catalysis and/or multi-step organic synthesis. The highly motivated candidate will be responsible for both method development and target-oriented molecule synthesis.

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  • July

  • June

    • DietDash

      Weight Loss Technologies Train the Brain to Resist Temptation

      June 30, 2016

      Psychologists have designed a computer game aimed at improving users’ inhibitory control and a mobile app that combats unhealthy urges before they strike.

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    • Labidus Praedator. Photo by Dinesh Rao.

      Mountaineering Ants Use Body Heat to Warm Nests

      June 29, 2016

      Underground army ants can keep their nests — called bivouacs — warm with their body heat; this social warming may enable fragile offspring to survive in chilly mountain forests , according to Drexel University researchers.

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    • Anne-Marie Obajtek-Kirkwood, PhD

      Remembering Anne-Marie Obajtek-Kirkwood, PhD

      June 28, 2016

      It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Anne-Marie Obajtek-Kirkwood, PhD, associate professor of French and founding member of the Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages. Obajtek-Kirkwood died surrounded by her family on Sunday, June 19th.

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    • When States Come Out: Q&A with Phillip Ayoub, PhD

      June 27, 2016

      Phillip Ayoub's new book, "When States Come Out: Europe's Sexual Minorities and the Politics of Visibility", has just been published by Cambridge University Press. Ayoub's research agenda exams comparative social movements and LGBTQ politics, as well as the politics of visibility. We sat down with him to chat about "When States Come Out", the dynamics of challenging and contesting norms, and his upcoming projects.

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    • A fruit fly on a compost pile. Photo by John Tann.

      Ladykiller: Artificial Sweetener Proves Deadly for Female Flies

      June 27, 2016

      In testing multiple artificial sweeteners, a Drexel University research team found that one was particularly deadly for female fruit flies — and left males relatively untouched.

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    • A scanning electron microscope image of a diatom. Courtesy of Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization.

      Tiny Algae Ideal for Sniffing Out Nutrient Pollution in Water

      June 24, 2016

      Tiny algae, called diatoms, living in water could be key to providing a definitive and clear measure of whether streams, rivers and lakes have damaging levels of nutrients in them.

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    • APSA logo

      Graham Wins APSA Grant & Ayoub Comments on Brexit

      June 23, 2016

      Erin Graham, PhD, was recently awarded a research grant from the American Political Science Association (APSA) and Phillip Ayoub, PhD, recently authored an article "Would Brexit Help LGBT People in Britain? Be Skeptical" for Washington Post political news blog The Monkey Cage.

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    • Cook for Life book cover

      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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    • Boren Awards logo

      Q&A With CoAS Boren-Award Winners

      June 21, 2016

      College of Arts and Sciences students Alexandra Pickens, BA international area studies ’17, and Caitlin Walczyk, BA international area studies and political science ’18, each received the 2016 David L. Boren Scholarship from the National Security Education Program. The scholarship, which provides funding to students studying abroad in areas critical to U.S. interests, sent Pickens to Jordan this May, while Walczyk heads to Kazakhstan in the fall.

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    • Dragon logo

      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 at desk

      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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    • A scan of a human brain. Photo courtesy of Sean Novak.

      Origin of a Myth: The Second Trauma Cure for Amnesia

      June 13, 2016

      A Drexel professor explains how scientists’ limited and faulty understanding of the brain hundreds of years ago gave birth to the erroneous idea that amnesia induced by a blow to the head can be cured by a second “conk.”

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    • Chris Sims

      Chris Sims Receives NSF Grant

      June 13, 2016

      Chris R. Sims, PhD, was awarded a 5 year grant ($742,736) from the National Science Foundation.

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    • 25 Faces 25 Years: Kate Hughes

      June 12, 2016

      The road that brought Kate Hughes to Drexel extends far beyond the streets of Philadelphia. From farming in Spain and Italy, to living in South Africa during the height of the AIDS crisis, to traveling around the Americas on a retrofitted school bus, Hughes has built a diverse and detailed portfolio that includes expertise in peace studies, public health, environmental justice and community organizing. Steeped in experience and radiating a sense of calm and a reassuring confidence, Hughes is the quintessential international area studies adviser — just ask her students.

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    • Meghan Plank

      Meghan Plank Wins 1st Place in CHI 2016 Student Research Competition

      June 10, 2016

      Meghan Plank, a senior Psychology Major received 1st place in the CHI 2016 Student Research Competition.

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    • Milton Huston, and his great-grandniece, Elizabeth Peckham

      A Legacy of Paying It Forward

      June 08, 2016

      Eighty-one years ago, Marjorie Barker Gallagher graduated from Drexel thanks to the generosity of her uncle. His only request was that she promise to send someone else to college instead of paying him back. That legacy continues this year, when Marjorie’s granddaughter Elizabeth became the family’s second Drexel graduate.

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    • Left side view of the Hypophthalmus marginatus collected from the Suriname River.

      After Centuries of Confusion, Unique Bones Help Scientists Place Catfish

      June 08, 2016

      The Hypophthalmus catfish has long stumped scientists trying to explore its origins, but a pair of researchers from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University finally believes their analysis of the fish’s backbone and unique swim bladder has solved the puzzle.

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    • Stephanie Goldstein

      Stephanie Goldstein Accepted to 2016 Health Data Exploration Summer Institute

      June 07, 2016

      Stephanie Goldstein was accepted to the 2016 Health Data Exploration Summer Institute at UCSD in San Diego.

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    • Sheller to be Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Annenberg School of Communication this Fall

      June 06, 2016

      Mimi Sheller, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy will be the PARGC Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Global Communication at the Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania, in the Fall of 2016. Sheller has also been awarded...

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    • A giant panda cooling off with a block of ice. Photo by Mingxi Li.

      Pandas Don’t Like It Hot: Temperature, Not Food is Biggest Concern for Conservation

      June 06, 2016

      China’s bamboo supply is more than enough to support giant pandas after it was discovered that they have bigger appetites than originally believed, but climate change could destroy their plentiful food source anyway.

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    • James Bergey

      Jim Bergey Wins 2016 Excellence in Science, Technology and Society Prize

      June 06, 2016

      Jim Bergey, MS in science, technology and society '16, is the inaugural recipient of the 2016 Excellence in Science, Technology and Society Prize, which is presented to a STS graduate student who has demonstrated exemplary performance in research, academics and service to the STS program.

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    • Writers Room participant Jordan McCullough reads to a crowd at last year's Writers Room anthology reading. Photo courtesy Jen Britton.

      Writers Room Celebrates its Second Year With a Special Reading, Anthology Release and Art Show

      June 03, 2016

      Writers Room has created many opportunities for members of the Drexel and West Philadelphia communities to create works of art and literature since its launch last year.

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    • Drexel Graduate Student Day logo 2016

      STS Students Justin Carone and Derek Parrott Recognized at Graduate Students Day

      June 03, 2016

      Derek Parrott and Justin Carone, both MS science, technology & society '16, were honored at Drexel's 2016 Graduate Student Day. Derek Parrott won a 2016 Research Excellence Award in the Social Sciences and Justin Carone won a 2016 Outstanding Promise Award for the Social Sciences.

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    • Elizabeth Nicholls

      Elizabeth Nicholls Receives Research Excellence Award

      June 02, 2016

      Elizabeth Nicholls has been selected for the 2016 Drexel University Research Excellence Award from the Graduate College.

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    • Tapera Flack

      Tinashe Tapera and Daniel Flack Receive Awards

      June 01, 2016

      Daniel Flack, clinical doctoral student co-advised by Zoe Zhang, PhD, and Evan Forman, PhD, along with Tinashe Tapera, BS/MS student mentored by Zoe Zhang, PhD, both received awards.

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    • Drexel students mingle at this year's Graduate Student Day.

      Graduate Student Day Honors Research, Dissertations and Promise

      June 01, 2016

      Master’s and doctoral students were recognized at Graduate Student Day for their accomplishments throughout the year.

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    • Atom Diagram Drexel News Blog

      Drexel Researchers Join Team Looking for Proof of Undiscovered Subatomic Particle

      June 01, 2016

      Recently, scientists have noticed that nuclear power plants’ reactors often emit fewer sub-atomic particles than expected. A group of Drexel researchers is now part of a team that will look into whether there is a particle that exists outside of our current understanding of physics that might be accounting for that deficit.

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  • May

  • April

    • 2016 MAAGC Workshop

      Third Annual MAAGC Workshop

      April 29, 2016

      The MAAGC Workshop aims to bring together senior researchers and junior mathematicians from the region to exchange ideas and forge collaborations in algebraic geometry and algebraic combinatorics.

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    • Ryan Petrie, PhD

      Ryan Petrie Publishes Review Article

      April 29, 2016

      Ryan Petrie, PhD, published a review article in PubMed titled "Multiple mechanisms of 3D migration: the origins of plasticity." Understanding why human cells have so many ways to get around!

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    • Celebrating Drexel Authors

      Celebrating All Drexel Authors

      April 27, 2016

      For the fourth year, the Office of the Provost and Drexel Libraries highlighted the work of Drexel’s authors and editors. This year, for the first time, published students were honored along with faculty and staff.

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    • Elizabeth Watson, PhD

      Meet BEES Prof Elizabeth Watson

      April 26, 2016

      Assistant Professor of Wetlands Science Elizabeth Watson, PhD, joined Drexel's Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science (BEES) after working as a research ecologist at the Environmental Protection Agency. She says being a professor is a natural fit, given her love of science, learning and helping students relate to their world.

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    • Writer's Room

      This is Writers Room

      April 26, 2016

      Directed by English prof Rachel Wenrick and located at the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, Writers Room is a place for writing, reading, thinking and being. Here, members of the Mantua, Powelton Village and Drexel communities create a shared story.

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    • UConnect at Drexel University logo

      Drexel Awarded $40,000 for Innovative Service Models in Higher Education

      April 25, 2016

      Drexel was awarded $40,000 at the Service Year + Higher Ed Innovation Challenge, having won both the private university category and the audience choice award. The challenge was created with the purpose of promoting the integration of learning and service during college. Finalists were invited to present their program concepts in person to a panel of judges during an all-day event on April 12 at the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC.

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    • Summer Courses

      April 22, 2016

      Students will witness the power of poetry firsthand at CHOP, understand the significance of the U.S.-Mexican War, and explore the human mind and consciousness in these summer courses.

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    • Student Job Opportunities

      April 22, 2016

      Looking for a spring job opportunity? Apply to work with the Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages, or the offices of STS, Public Policy and Sociology.

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    • Matthew Parsons

      Finding Alternative Energy in France

      April 22, 2016

      Physics alumnus Matthew Parsons '15 is the recipient of a Fulbright research grant that will allow him to investigate an alternative energy source, "fusion energy," at the ITER Project in Southern France — an international collaboration of researchers from 35 different countries.

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    • Oil Refinery

      Professor Gwen Ottinger on Air Monitoring Data

      April 21, 2016

      What's in the air in the neighborhoods closest to oil refineries? In general, according to Department of Politics Professor Gwen Ottinger, we don't know, and even when we do know, remarkably little meaningful change happens with that data.

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    • Red-eared monkey. Photo by Ian Nichols/National Geographic.

      Gun Hunting Could Lead to Extinction of Threatened Primates on African Island

      April 18, 2016

      A study conducted by a team led by Drexel University scientists found that gun hunting on Bioko Island correlates significantly with lower numbers of the majority of the island’s primate species.

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    • NOAA logo

      Bees Students Named Drexel's First Hollings Scholars

      April 14, 2016

      Nicholas Barber, BS geoscience '18, honors, and Vincent O'Leary, BS environmental science and BS geoscience '18, honors, are the first students at Drexel University to receive the Earnest F. Hollings Scholarship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). A total 125 students from across the United States receive this award, which recognizes the nation’s top undergraduates interested in pursuing research, public service or teaching careers in the oceanic and atmospheric sciences.

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    • Q&A with Professor Gwen Ottinger

      April 13, 2016

      Gwen Ottinger, PhD, has an impressive research agenda based on questioning the environmental justice implications of current modes of science and technology. For her current project, she has been traveling to the San Francisco Bay Area to do social science research in communities next to oil refineries, where residents are concerned about toxic chemicals in their air. We caught up with her to ask her about her research, her workshop and the virtues of inquiry that engages with communities’ real-world problems.

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    • The Drexel Naturalists' Association pictured on an excursion in Wissahickon Valley Park.

      Celebrate the Great Outdoors with the Drexel Naturalists’ Association

      April 11, 2016

      Now that spring has sprung, students can better appreciate nature in and outside of the city with the Drexel Naturalists’ Association.

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    • Helen Murray

      Helen Murray Receives Graduate Student Research Award

      April 09, 2016

      Helen Murray, a 1st-year clinical psychology doctoral student, was awarded a Graduate Student Research Award from the American Psychological Association's Division 38, Society for Health Psychology.

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    • Farrah Rahaman, Drexel Global Studies Student

      25 Faces 25 Years: Farrah Rahaman

      April 07, 2016

      “I’m predisposed to having a deep-rooted interest in international issues,” says Farrah Rahaman, a junior double majoring in art history and international area studies with a concentration in justice and human rights. At 21 years of age, the undergrad has been to Guatemala, Madrid, Haiti and Peru, and has spent her spring and summer breaks writing alongside leading Haitian poets, volunteering as an English teacher, and studying international development up close.

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  • March

  • February

    • A measuring tape wrapped around a fork

      The Science of Eating Disorders

      February 25, 2016

      For National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, professors Adrienne Juarascio and Jessica Barson separate fact from fiction and weigh in on the psychological and physiological causes of eating disorders.

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    • SCORE will help youth develop fundamental skills for succeeding in life.

      Drexel and Sixers Youth Foundation Team Up to Promote Healthy Behaviors for Middle School Students

      February 25, 2016

      Middle school students in West Philadelphia will learn strategies to achieve better physical and emotional health through a new collaboration between Drexel University and the Sixers Youth Foundation, a charitable initiative of the Philadelphia 76ers.

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    • A depiction of black holes merging and the gravitational waves that emit from them.

      Building Toward Discovery: Drexel Professor’s Role in Finding Gravitational Waves

      February 22, 2016

      Sometimes, science is about chipping away at the big questions. One Drexel physics professor recently got credit for his role in developing a big answer.

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    • Stephanie Goldstein Receives Innovation Award

      February 17, 2016

      Stephanie Goldstein, a doctoral student in clinical psychology, has received The Society of Behavioral Medicine, Technology Special Interest Group Student Award for Innovation.

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    • Kenneth Lacovara, PhD unearthing Dreadnaughtus

      How to Build a Flexing Robotic Dinosaur Limb In Seven ‘Easy’ Steps

      February 17, 2016

      With their discovery of Dreadnoughtus schrani in 2014, a team of Drexel University researchers unearthed not only the most complete skeleton of a new species of supermassive dinosaur, but also a trove of research opportunities. One of the first of these endeavors to take shape at Drexel is an effort to better understand how the dinosaur might have moved.

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    • Kirk Heilbrun, PhD

      Kirk Heilbrun Receives Distinguished Award

      February 15, 2016

      Kirk Heilbrun, PhD, has received the 2016 Distinguished Contributions to Law and Psychology award from the American Psychology-Law Society/APA Division 41.

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    • Thumbnail for PHIL 381: Philosophy in Literature - Image of "Alpine Architecture" by Bruno Taut

      Philosophy in Literature course focuses on utopia

      February 15, 2016

      In the spring term, PHIL 381-001: Philosophy in Literature focuses on utopia. It is cross-listed with ENGL 395-001.

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    • 20th Kaczmarczik Lecture speaker S. Alan Stern gestures during his presentation on Feb. 10.

      Celebrating 20 Years of Bringing Nobel Prize Winners to Campus

      February 15, 2016

      Since its inception in 1995, the Kaczmarczik Lecture series honoring a former Drexel physics professor has brought many high school students and Nobel Prize winners to campus in the name of science.

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    • Stephanie Manasse

      Stephanie Manasse Receives Research Grant from Academy for Eating Disorders

      February 12, 2016

      Stephanie Manasse, 4th-year clinical psychology student, was awarded an Academy for Eating Disorders Student Research Grant in the amount of $1000 to help fund her dissertation project, Novel Assessment of Affective Distress Intolerance in Binge Eating.

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    • Alisa Melekhina, BA Philosophy, '11

      25 Faces, 25 Years: Alisa Melekhina, BA Philosophy '11

      February 10, 2016

      Most first graders are only just beginning to master the skills of reading, writing and arithmetic — but not Alisa Melekhina. By the age of 7, Melekhina had not only competed in the World Open for chess — a game that requires astute calculation and strategy well beyond the years of most first graders — she had also authored an English translation of a popular Russian fairytale (at the age of 6!). As if that’s not impressive enough, the now 24-year-old attorney went on to receive a full ride to Drexel and graduate in just two years. The astounding timeline of this accomplished alumna is enough to make even the most industrious of us feel like an underachiever.

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    • Stephanie Goldstein Receives 2016 Distinguished Student Travel Scholarship

      February 09, 2016

      Stephanie Goldstein, a doctoral student in clinical psychology, has received the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s (SBM) 2016 Distinguished Student Travel Scholarship.

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    • Police Executive Research Forum Logo

      Psychology Department's Mental Health and Justice Center Hosts Scottish Delegates for PERF

      February 09, 2016

      Drexel University Department of Psychology’s Mental Health and Justice Center of Excellence (CoE) recently hosted delegates from Scotland as part the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and Police Scotland’s Leadership for Outcomes Program.

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    • Chengqian Yin, PhD, a biology student and a member of the Sang Lab

      Chengqian Yin Wins Prestigious AACR Scholar-in-Training Award

      February 09, 2016

      Chengqian Yin, PhD, a biology student and a member of the Sang Lab, has received a prestigious AACR Scholar-in-Training Award.

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    • Central American Bushmaster

      5 Things to Know About Being Bitten By A Viper

      February 05, 2016

      Sean O’Donnell is a member of the white fang club — which is to say that he’s one of a group of biologists whose been bitten by a venomous snake and lived to tell the tale.

      In 2009, O’Donnell, PhD, now an associate department head of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) in Drexel’s College of Arts and Science, was involved in a program teaching tropical field courses for undergraduates in a lowland rain forest in Costa Rica. It was there, two years before he came to Drexel, that he was initiated to the club via a Central American bushmaster.

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    • Ice Cream Sundae

      ICYMI: Science Explains Why You Can't Keep That New Year's Resolution

      February 05, 2016

      Here we are in the final days of January. How are your New Year’s resolutions holding up? Have you maintained the willpower to eat healthy and lose weight, or did you lose all control at the first thought of a brownie sundae? If the latter rings true for you, here’s some good news: it may not be not your fault. And, even better, there may be a practical solution.

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    • New research by Drexel University and Arizona State University reveals that the burst of electricity from a stun gun can impair a person’s ability to remember and process information.

      Taser Shock Disrupts Brain Function, Has Implications for Police Interrogations

      February 04, 2016

      New research from a first-of-its-kind human study by Drexel University and Arizona State University reveals that the burst of electricity from a stun gun can impair a person’s ability to remember and process information. In a randomized control trial, participants were subjected to Taser shocks and tested for cognitive impairment. Some showed short-term declines in cognitive functioning comparable to dementia, raising serious questions about the ability of police suspects to understand their rights at the point of arrest.

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    • Scott Knowles and Richardson Dilworth

      Employee Spotlight: Scott Knowles & Richardson Dilworth

      February 04, 2016

      Professors Scott Knowles and Richardson Dilworth are reliving Drexel’s entire 125 years of existence in a new book and online oral history that will be unveiled later this year, to coincide with the anniversary of Drexel’s founding in 1891. 

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    • Jordan Hyatt (L) will evaluate the body camera initiative under SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III (R). Photo credit: Elizabeth Peckham.

      Drexel Criminology Professor to Evaluate SEPTA Body Camera Initiative

      February 02, 2016

      The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) recently announced that its transit police officers have been equipped with body cameras. The initiative, which is intended to strengthen relationships with the public and provide valuable evidence for investigations, will be evaluated by Jordan Hyatt, JD, PhD, an assistant professor in Drexel University’s Department of Criminology and Justice Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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    • Arthur M. Nezu

      Arthur M. Nezu Reappointed to APA Committee

      February 01, 2016

      Arthur M. Nezu, PhD, DHL, ABPP, Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, was recently appointed to the committee charged with revising the 6th edition of the American Psychological Association Publication Manual.

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  • January

    • The Central African Biodiversity Alliance 2015 Undergraduate Field Course Plant Research Group at Mbam & Djerem National Park, Cameroon. Pictured from left to right: Katie DiAngelus (Drexel), Katherine Achy (UCLA), Dr. Maximilliano Fero (National University of Equatorial Guinea), Francisco Mitogo (National University of Equatorial Guinea), Andrienne Bih (Univeristy of Buea, Cameroon) and Alexandra Ley (University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany). Photo credit: David Montgomery.

      African Biodiversity Researchers to Speak at Drexel Before National Symposium

      January 29, 2016

      A group of biodiversity researchers from Drexel-managed programs in Central Africa will speak at the University to discuss the challenges of their work and preparing for the future before they attend the Association for the Advancement of Science symposium.

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    • Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

      New Poll Ranks Academy Near Top of Best Higher Ed Natural History Museums

      January 27, 2016

      A new report on the nation’s best higher education natural history museums ranks the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University as No. 2, largely for the public and student access to its world-renowned collections and scientists.

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    • Asteroid in outer space

      Q+A: Can NASA Really Predict - and Divert - Harmful Asteroids?

      January 21, 2016

      The name “Planetary Defense Coordination Office” evokes such sci-fi motifs as laser canons pointed skyward and angry, space ship-riding aliens.

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    • New STS Spring Courses

      January 20, 2016

      Are you curious about STS? STS Lab courses are our signature courses. According to each course's theme, students in STS lab courses work in teams, gaining the collaborative skills, you will need as you enter your field. This spring, STS offers two new courses.

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    • Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey will join Drexel University as the inaugural Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation.

      Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey Joins Drexel as Distinguished Visiting Fellow

      January 14, 2016

      Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey will join Drexel University as the inaugural Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, a new cross-university strategic initiative that aligns Drexel’s academic work with the real-world need for urban revitalization. He also will be affiliated with the Department of Criminology and Justice Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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    • Student Job Opportunity

      January 06, 2016

      The Center for Science, Technology and Society and the Center for Public Policy are looking for a department assistant with work-study hours. The position involves physical and electronic filing, information collection and organization, light editing, help with setup and breakdown of lectures and panel discussions, deliveries (not heavy) and other duties as assigned by the assistant director.

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    • Jennifer Stanford, PhD

      Expanding Access to Research Opportunities for STEM Undergraduates

      January 06, 2016

      "Many undergraduates nationwide do not engage in research during their education," says Jennifer Stanford, PhD, assistant professor of biology in Drexel University's College of Arts and Sciences.

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    • David Thornburgh - Committee of Seventy President and CEO

      Committee of Seventy President & CEO to Teach Public Policy at Drexel

      January 06, 2016

      The College of Arts and Sciences' Center for Public Policy welcomes David Thornburgh to its cohort of esteemed affiliated faculty members. Thornburgh is the president and CEO of the Committee of Seventy, a nonpartisan nonprofit working to influence "good government" in Philadelphia.

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    • Susan Bell, PhD

      Meet Sociology Head Susan Bell

      January 06, 2016

      Susan E. Bell, PhD, joined the College this fall as head of the new Department of Sociology. A contributing author of the renowned book "Our Bodies, Ourselves," Bell was inspired to become a professor after working in women's health centers in California and Massachusetts in the ’70s.

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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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    • Diet Dash logo

      Drexel Team Developing Brain-Training Game to Promote Healthy Eating

      January 02, 2016

      Project DASH is now seeking volunteers for study of a computer game designed to improve your ability to say "No" to tempting sweets that lead to weight gain. Participants must be 18 years or older, have a BMI of 25 or greater, own a home computer or laptop, and regularly eat high-sugar foods.

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