• Student Fellowship Recipients Panel July 7th

    June, 30, 2011

    On Thursday, July 7th, the Drexel Fellowships Office will host its annual Student Fellowship Recipients Panel from 6:00-7:30pm in Curtis 352A


  • Environmental Science Professor Discusses Sea Turtles on WHYY

    June, 29, 2011

    Dr. James Spotila, Betz Chair Professor of Environmental Science, will discuss sea turtle conservation and research live on the air Thursday, June 30th, from 11a.m. to noon on WHYY Radio Times. Tune in to learn more about this important work!


  • 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.


  • JKCF Graduate Arts Award Recipient

    June, 14, 2011

    Rachel Semigran, B.A. English '10, was one of only ten students in the nation selected to receive the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award for 2011. This generous award supports students of exceptional promise and financial need who wish 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.

    In addition to being an active part of several performing and improv groups at Drexel, Rachel was a high-achieving English major who worked with the Drexel Publishing Group, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Philly Fringe Festival. Since graduating, Rachel has been working in Philadelphia and volunteering with an afterschool drama program in a city public high school. This award will enable her to pursue a professional career in drama-for-the-greater-good.

    The Graduate Arts Award is new from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, which has long supported top students with financial need at critical points in their education.


  • Trove of Sea Turtle and other Marine Fossils Found Along Ancient New Jersey Coast

    June, 9, 2011

    Philadelphia, Pa. (June 09, 2011)—Paleontologists have discovered numerous marine fossils at a dig site in Sewell, N.J., including sea turtles, crocodiles, other reptiles, and fish. A remarkable 3-foot-wide fossil of the extinct predatory marine turtle Taphrosphys, the largest fossil ever found of its species, was extracted from the site and transported to Drexel this week. It will eventually become a museum piece.

    The site in Sewell offers the best exposed Cretaceous-age rocks between Spain and Montana. At the time of the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, when these fossils formed, this location was under water, approximately 5 miles from the coast.

    The fossil dig is a joint project of Drexel, the Academy of Natural Sciences, and the New Jersey State Museum. Dr. Ken Lacovara, director of the Paleontology and Geology program and an associate professor of biology at Drexel, led the excavation team which included Drexel students and representatives from the partner institutions.

    Read more about the fossil dig and view a video and photo slideshow from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

    News Media Contact:
    Rachel Ewing, News Officer, Drexel University Office of University Communications
    215-895-2614 (office), 215-298-4600 (cell), or


  • Drexel Offers New Accelerated Degree in BS/BA History and MS Library & Information Science

    June, 9, 2011

    The College of Arts and Sciences and The iSchool at Drexel are now offering an accelerated degree program in History and Library and Information Science (LIS). The program will allow academically-qualified students to complete the B.A. or B.S. in History and the M.S. in LIS concurrently-- graduating earlier than they would in traditional programs.

    Students enrolled in either the B.A. or B.S. in History may apply to the M.S. in Library and Information Science after completing 90 credits, but no more than 120 credits. The M.S. in LIS offers concentrations in Archival Studies and Digital Libraries, among others, which complement the history curriculum and expand the career opportunities of history majors.

    The Department of History & Politics is located in Drexel's College of Arts & Sciences. The Department offers both a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History. The B.S. provides a framework for those students who prefer specific course requirements, including sequences in mathematics and the natural sciences. The B.A. provides a more flexible curriculum that includes foreign language study and allows for electives in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, and mathematics.

    The iSchool's M.S. in Library and Information Science is ranked among the top 10 library science programs in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. The program was rated 9th in the nation overall, and is in the top two among private colleges and universities. The program’s specialties in Information Systems and Digital Librarianship were ranked three and six respectively. The College also ranked fifth under the Library and Information Studies specialty rankings for Health Librarianship.


  • Shadow Acts: Featuring Sonia Sanchez and Friends

    June, 1, 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.