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2018

  • January

    • Hurricane from above

      Calm Amid the Storm

      January 19, 2018

      As hurricane Irma barreled toward south Florida in early September, Kathleen Reardon gathered her staff to give them something akin to a pep talk. The situation in the Caribbean looked truly frightening that morning, with Irma devastating island chain after island chain with a ferocity that left meteorologists astounded. There was talk, too, that the just-developing Hurricane Jose might turn northward and put Bermuda — the headquarters for Reardon and her team at global reinsurance firm Hamilton Re — in harm’s way as well.

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    • Drexel Associate Professor Gwen Ottinger, PhD

      A Breath of Fresh Air

      January 17, 2018

      If you live in a town or city like Philadelphia where industrial facilities are emitting chemicals into the air, there is plenty of reason to wonder: How is this affecting me? Few communities have access to ambient air-monitoring data, and those that do rarely use it because it is complicated and lacks context.

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    • New Startup

      New Startup Proves You Can Catch Flies with Sugar

      January 17, 2018

      A sixth-grade science fair project in 2014 led to the discovery that erythritol, the main component of Truvia, is a natural insecticide. Today, that discovery is the basis of a new Drexel-backed startup, BioLogic Insecticide. Simon D. Kaschock-Marenda, now a freshman at Drexel in the College of Engineering, was 11 when he noticed that Drosophila melanogaster, commonly known as fruit flies, died much quicker when they fed on Truvia than on other sweeteners. His father, Daniel Marenda, PhD, professor of biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, was unconvinced at first.

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    • Drexel University student and navy veteran Chris Diaz

      Battle Tested

      January 17, 2018

      Like many of his fellow Americans, Chris Diaz was profoundly affected by the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Quite simply, he says, it was the day that forever changed the trajectory of his life. “On that Tuesday morning, I felt moved to join the military,” recalls the New York native. “And yet, at the same time, I had a newborn son and felt that I couldn’t leave, at least not right at that time.” And so he waited. He spent the next few years helping to raise his young child, and then, just after turning 25, he fulfilled what he considered his obligation to his country and enlisted in the United States Navy.

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    • heilburn

      Psychology Professor Kirk Heilbrun Named Drexel Ombuds

      January 16, 2018

      Kirk Heilbrun, PhD, a psychology professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was recently named Drexel’s new ombuds.

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    • Tale of the Mysterious Manuscripts, Illustration by Drexel Student Natalie Vaughn ’18

      Field Notes

      January 16, 2018

      The Unsung, Unpublished Adventures of Drexel Researchers in the Field

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    • The Drexel French Club

      U.S. French Embassy Says ‘Bonjour’ to Drexel’s French Club

      January 16, 2018

      The Drexel French Club, started only a few years ago, will receive funding and guidance from a U.S. French Ambassador to expand its reach at the University.

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    • Drexel Sociology Alumni Christopher Bonnaig

      Student Spotlight: Christopher Bonnaig, BA Sociology ‘15

      January 16, 2018

      Christopher Bonnaig graduated from Drexel University in 2015, with a major in Sociology and a minor in Communication, Magna Cum Laude. He is currently in law school at the Georgetown University Law Center. During his time at Drexel, Christopher participated in a co-op at the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General in the Bureau of Consumer Protection.  He describes his co-op experience as the “perfect marriage of my academic interest in Sociology and professional interest in a legal career”, and lauds his supervisors as “incredibly helpful mentors”, who he still keeps in touch with today.

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    • Market Street - Photograph by Brent Luvaas, PhD

      Frame of Mind

      January 15, 2018

      Street photographer and Drexel anthropologist Brent Luvaas, PhD, has a way of blending in as he walks city streets. If he’s lucky, a certain slant of light will catch his eye and he will set the exposure for maximum depth of field, waiting patiently for the right subject to walk in front of the lens. Most often, however, the typical elements of a photographer’s labor — setup, composition and lighting — happen almost instantaneously

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    • butterfly

      4 Ways Climate Change Can Affect the Brain

      January 11, 2018

      The typical images that “climate change” conjures include disappearing coastlines and melting polar ice. But what about animals’ brains — including our own? Can they be affected by the changing climate? Sean O’Donnell, PhD, professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, argues that they absolutely can.

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    • Drexel Biology Student Cutler Whitely

      Carving A New Path

      January 11, 2018

      Cutler Whitely felt the tender spot where his head hit the ice and tried to remember his teammate’s name. His snowboard had slipped out during a routine trick on the rail, sending him hurtling head-first onto the icy Colorado mountain. His brain lurched with the effects of his third concussion — temporary memory loss that day, and migraines and light sensitivity in the days that followed. Recovering in the hospital, Whitely called his mother and told her he was going to leave professional snowboarding.

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    • Murasko

      Donna M. Murasko to Conclude Role as Dean of College of Arts and Sciences

      January 09, 2018

      One of Drexel’s longest serving deans will transition from her role at the end of the academic year.

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    • Book and notebook open on a table in a library

      Spring Courses

      January 09, 2018

      How can writing be a mode of healing for veterans? What can fantasy tell us about what it means to be human? Explore these questions and more with these new courses for the spring quarter.

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    • Ni Ou

      Meet Global Studies Prof Ni Ou

      January 09, 2018

      Assistant teaching professor in the Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages Ni Ou, MSEd, loves international food and guiding her students on cultural discoveries.

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    • U.S. Census form

      Drexel Helps to Establish the Region's First Federal Statistical Research Data Center to Gain Access to Census Data

      January 09, 2018

      Researchers from around the city, who are studying public policy and the economy, will have access to some of the nation’s highest quality Census data this coming cycle, thanks to a new federal research center. 

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    • Ethics of Algorithms

      NSF-Backed Study Investigates the Ethics of Algorithms

      January 08, 2018

      Computer algorithms — the sequences of instructions or rules computers follow to solve problems — influence many aspects of our lives, from the products we buy to the people we date and even the jobs we are offered. But who makes algorithms and code, and how do their values translate into the work they do? That's what Kelly Joyce, PhD, wanted to find out in 2013, when she and a fellow researcher were awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for their study, The Ethics of Algorithms.

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    • Apoica pallens clustering around their hive.

      Little Wasp Bodies Means Little Wasp Brain Regions, Study Shows

      January 02, 2018

      A Drexel study looking at 19 species of paper wasps found that body size may lead to variation in the complex parts of their brains.

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