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Alumnium - Red Earth
June 17, 2014

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

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 had damaging ripple effects on the environment and indigenous populations around the world.Read More »

AJ Institute grant project
May 13, 2014

A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment Announces Inaugural Class of Research Grants

Reducing carbon emissions, improving efficiency of the power grid and using ultrasound to treat contaminated water are just a few of the research goals being pursued by the first round of projects funded by the A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment. In all six projects received seed funding totaling $270,000 to investigate topics related to environmental protection and sustainability.Read More »

April 14, 2014

Mobilities Center Director Mimi Sheller Publishes New Book

Aluminum shaped the twentieth century. It enabled high-speed travel and gravity-defying flight. It was the material of a streamlined aesthetic that came to represent modernity. And it became an essential ingredient in industrial and domestic products that ranged from airplanes and cars to designer chairs and artificial...

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  • Spinoffs of Mobility: Technology, Risk & Innovation

    September 18, 2014 through September 21, 2014

    12:00 AM-12:00 AM

    Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, Drexel University, Philadelphia

    • Faculty
    • Graduate Students
    The International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T²M) invites you to the 12th Annual Conference of the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility, to be held at Drexel University on September 18-21, 2014. The conference theme Spinoffs of Mobility: Technology, Risk & Innovation, addresses intended and unintended positive, negative, surprising and alarming side effects and collateral damages of mobility in relation to the fields of technology, innovation and risk. Innovations in transportation and mobility systems are often driven by state-sponsored military research and development. But innovation also occurs through people’s everyday appropriation of new technologies for their own purposes. We are interested in the history of “spinoffs” of transportation, energy and mobility technologies that spread from the military to the civilian realm, from specialized niches to more general usage, or from one part of the world to another. How do transportation systems and mobile technologies move? In what ways do new technologies disrupt existing systems or create opportunities for new spinoffs? And how do such mobilizations of technology create new risks or raise new ethical dilemmas?
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