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College of Arts and Sciences Tenure, Promotion and Awards

June 23, 2015
Drexel Blue Logo

The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences 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 re...

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Meet STS Prof Gwen Ottinger

June 22, 2015
Gwen Ottinger

Gwen Ottinger, PhD, joined the College last fall as an assistant professor in the Department of History and Politics and the Center for Science, Technology and Society. In this Q&A, we find out what made her switch career paths from engineering to academia, and how the question "who decides" ultimat...

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New Fall Courses

June 19, 2015
New Courses

This fall, students will examine the problems and debates in U.S. health care, discuss the politics of LGBT rights, and discover the mysterious in the familiar in these new courses....

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Thick Cortex Could Be Key in Down Syndrome

June 19, 2015
Cerebral Cortex

The thickness of the brain's cerebral cortex could be a key to unlocking answers about intellectual development in youth with Down Syndrome. It could also provide new insights to why individuals with this genetic neurodevelopmental disorder are highly susceptible to early onset Alzheimer’s Disease l...

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Do Insect Societies Share Brain Power?

June 17, 2015
Mischocyttarus mexicanum

The society you live in can shape the complexity of your brain—and it does so differently for social insects than for humans and other vertebrate animals....

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Underground Ants Can't Take the Heat

June 15, 2015
Army Ants

Army ants, the nomadic swarming predators underfoot in the jungle, can take down a colony of prey animals without breaking a sweat. But certain army ant species can't take the heat....

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Drexel Researchers First to Detect Air Quality Effects of Natural Gas Extraction in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale Region

May 21, 2015
Site of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania

A team led by environmental engineers from Drexel University are the first independent researchers to take a closer look at the air quality effects of natural gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania. The group used a mobile air quality monitoring vehicle to survey regional air q...

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Why Diet Apps Fail

May 07, 2015
Diet Alert app

It’s actually not complicated at all. The reason most smartphone diet apps fail has nothing to do with the diet, and little to do with the app. A team of Drexel researchers is working on a solution to the real problem: getting people to stick to their diets....

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Has Car Culture Crashed?

May 06, 2015
Has Car Culture Crashed?

It’s been roughly a century since we were introduced to automobiles. But, as Americans buy fewer cars, drive less and get fewer licenses as each year goes by, it’s impossible not to wonder: has America passed its driving peak?...

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Drexel Joins Philadelphia Science Festival's Weeklong Celebration of Science and Technology

May 06, 2015
Philadelphia Science Festival

Students, faculty and staff from Drexel University will help make the fifth anniversary of the Philadelphia Science Festival one of the biggest citywide celebrations to date. More than 200 regional partner organizations from museums to cultural centers and educational institutions will present over ...

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Asteroid Crash Kicked Off Mega-Volcano in the Process that Killed Dinosaurs, According to New Study

May 06, 2015
The entire mountainous region shown here is part of the Deccan Traps, showing the characteristic stair-like ridges of lava flows. This photo is from near the town of Mahabaleshwar. Credit: Loÿc Vanderkluysen

When an enormous asteroid struck Earth 66 million years ago, a planet-wide quake shook the magma plumbing of a massive, active volcano—radically changing the style of volcanic eruption in one of the planet’s rarest, largest lava flows. This is the sequence of events supported by a new st...

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Twenty-Five Faces of CoAS Part 2

April 28, 2015
Eli Gilman

As we continue to celebrate the College of Arts and Sciences' 25th anniversary, we're bringing you more stories from our "25 Faces of CoAS" series. From Beijing, to D.C., to the Appalachian Trail, our Dragons are leaving their mark across the globe....

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

April 27, 2015
Daniel Mann

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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Our New Political Science Prof

April 26, 2015
Phillip Ayoub

Phillip Ayoub, PhD, joins us from Florence where he was the Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European Institute. In this Q&A, Ayoub talks about the course that ultimately changed his career path, and the caffeinated venture that funded his graduate degree....

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New Summer Courses

April 25, 2015
New Courses

What do Aristotle, Galileo and Stephen Hawking have in common that makes them scientists? How do you tell a hospice patient's life story? What's it really like to be a soldier in combat? Explore these questions and more in our new summer courses....

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Student Job Opportunities

April 24, 2015
Job Opportunities

Need a little extra cash? Apply for a job with the Department of Psychology or Certificate in Writing and Publishing program, or conduct research with a faculty member....

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Call for STEM Presenters at Start Talking Science 2015

April 23, 2015
Start Talking Science

Drexel faculty in the STEM fields are invited to submit their research for consideration at Start Talking Science 2015, a free public event where researchers present non-technical posters to local students and the community in order to make STEM research more accessible....

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Mapping Language in the Brain

April 16, 2015
In the Brain

The exchange of words, speaking and listening in conversation, may seem unremarkable for most people, but communicating with others is a challenge for people who have aphasia, an impairment of language that often happens after stroke or other brain injury. Aphasia affects about 1 in 250 people, maki...

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Famous Fish Fossil Goes on Display

April 10, 2015
Famous Fish Fossil

A group of remarkably well-preserved fossils that demonstrate the evolutionary transition from finned to limbed animals—and that made world headlines—is heading back to Canada, but not before the fossils get a proper send-off....

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Study of African Birds Reveals Hotbed of Malaria Parasite Diversity

April 09, 2015
African Pygmy Kingfisher

When you think of tropical biodiversity, you may picture flocks of colorful birds flitting through lush foliage—but what you are less likely to imagine is the plethora of parasites and pathogens pulsing through the bloodstreams of those birds. Among these microscopic organisms are Plasmodium par...

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