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Losing Your Job Could Kill You, But Recessions Could Be Good For Your Health

July 28, 2014
Unemployment Study

Being unemployed increases your risk of death, but recessions decrease it. Sound paradoxical? Researchers thought so too....

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The Scholar of Street Style

July 24, 2014
Brent Luvaas, PhD

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

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Do Urban Casinos Increase Local Crime? Not in this Case Study

July 17, 2014
Sugar House Casino

Philadelphia’s SugarHouse Casino opened its doors in September 2010 after years of protests from community members who feared that the casino would lead to an increase in neighborhood crime. However, a new study by researchers at Drexel University and Temple University reveals that these conce...

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Three Drexel Faculty Make Thomson Reuters' 'Highly Cited Researchers' List

July 10, 2014
Research volumes in a library

Three Drexel University faculty members earned the distinction of being ranked among the most cited researchers in their respective fields according to Thomson Reuters’ “Highly Cited Researchers 2014” list. Gordon Richards, PhD, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, Yury Gogotsi, PhD, Dis...

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Do People with Autism Struggle with Driving? First Study Asks Autistic Adults about Real-World Driving Experiences

June 30, 2014
View from the windshield of a car driving on a highway

In the first pilot study asking adults on the autism spectrum about their experiences with driving, researchers at Drexel University found significant differences in self-reported driving behaviors and perceptions of driving ability in comparison to non-autistic adults. As the population of adults w...

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The Future of Urban Farms

June 25, 2014
Urban Farming

Urban farms have been popping up in cities all over the world with benefits ranging from local food production and neighborhood beautification to job creation and crime reduction. But what happens when the funding used to start these farms runs out?...

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Meet Biologist Katy Gonder

June 24, 2014
Katy Gonder

Katy Gonder, PhD, comes to Drexel with nearly 20 years of research experience from Central Africa. The primate enthusiast specializes in African biodiversity and conservation strategies, and joins bio prof Gail Hearn as co-director of the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program....

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New Courses for Fall

June 23, 2014
Library

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

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Student Job Opportunities

June 20, 2014
Job Opportunities

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

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How Aluminum Changed the World, for Good and Bad: A Q&A With Drexel Prof Mimi Sheller

June 17, 2014
Alumnium - Red Earth

For many of the pieces of modern life that emerged and spread during the 20th century, from air travel to electric service to cans of soda, you have aluminum to thank. The strong but lightweight metal helped change the world in ways previously unimaginable. But the quest for more aluminum has also h...

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New Student Group, Certificate Program Both Tackle Issue of Human Trafficking

June 10, 2014
Students Advocating Against Slavery

In Guatemala the summer after her freshman year at Drexel, Kaelee Shepherd sat in the passenger seat of a car as it stopped at a red light. A young girl, maybe 7 or 8, walked up to her window. "She's dressed in a clown costume," Shepherd remembered. "Her face is just completely blank. She looked wor...

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Is the World Cup a Blessing or a Curse? A Q&A With Eric Zillmer

June 10, 2014
World Cup 2014 in Brazil

As the 2014 World Cup approaches, all eyes are on Brazil. The country has been plagued by claims that it is unprepared to host the massive sporting event and protests over the billions of dollars spent on construction costs....

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How Can You Make Science News Better? Ask a Historian or Sociologist of Science

June 05, 2014
Bee carrying a pollen basket

The nuanced reality of scientific and medical research is almost always a little more complicated than the attention-grabbing headlines claim. Even experienced health and science journalists struggle with how to balance reporting the news of the day with the broader context of what scientists really...

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You Catch (and Kill) More Flies with This Sweetener…

June 05, 2014
Flies that have been killed by sweetener

In a study that began as a sixth-grade science fair project, researchers at Drexel University have found that a popular non-nutritive sweetener, erythritol, may be an effective and human-safe insecticide....

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STEM Teaching Innovation, Mentoring at Drexel to Expand with HHMI Grant for Improving Undergraduate Retention

May 29, 2014
Students in science lab

Drexel University has been awarded funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) of $1.2 million over five years to implement strategies intended to increase the retention of undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors. Drexel's project is focused on t...

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A Q&A with Scott Barclay on Pennsylvania and Marriage Equality

May 21, 2014
Gay Flag

On May 20, 2014, a federal judge overturned Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage, making the Commonwealth the 19th state to legalize same-sex marriage. We caught up with Political Science Professor Scott Barclay, PhD, to learn more about the decision....

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A Bachelor's Degree at Your Own Pace for $10,000: Too Good to Be True? A Q&A With Amy Slaton

May 15, 2014
Graduate hat and degree

Southern New Hampshire University's College for America recently unveiled a $10,000 online bachelor's degree. In order to earn this degree, students must demonstrate mastery of “competencies” in required subject areas. Students move through courses at their own speed, with test scores &n...

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Modern-Day Slavery Expert and Author E. Benjamin Skinner to Speak at Drexel

May 15, 2014
E. Benjamin Skinner

There are more slaves in the world today than at any time in history, according to human trafficking expert and author E. Benjamin Skinner in his book "A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery."...

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Songwriting, Storytelling and Sex: “Week of Writing” Festival Explores Literary Issues at Drexel, May 12-16

May 08, 2014
Speaker at the Week of Writing

From tweets and status updates to poems and novels, writing keeps us connected. The Department of English and Philosophy in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences celebrates this shared connection every spring with its annual “Week of Writing,” a week-long festival dedicated to presenting ...

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'Race Matters': A Q&A With Drexel Prof André Carrington

May 05, 2014
Supreme Court Building

On April 22, the Supreme Court handed down its latest decision on the topic of affirmative action in college admissions, ruling 6-2 that voters can ban state colleges and universities from using race as a factor in admitting students....

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