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Alex McKechnie

Alex McKechnie was a senior news officer at Drexel from April 2011 to March 2016.

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Ed O’Bannon, retired pro basketball player and lead plaintiff in the antitrust class action lawsuit O’Bannon v. NCAA, will be a panelist at the CARE Conference. Photo credit: Jack Rosenfeld.

Summit on College Athletes’ Rights Hosted by Drexel

In an effort to examine more closely the rights of college athletes and whether those rights are protected, Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management will host “College Athletes’ Rights & Empowerment Conference: Visioning A New Paradigm of College Sport (CARE)” from March 24 – 26 at the National Constitution Center and Drexel University

Greenberger was the deputy mayor for economic development and director of commerce for the City of Philadelphia from 2009 through 2015 under the administration of former mayor Michael Nutter.

Former Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger Joins Drexel as Distinguished Professor and Fellow

A visionary leader in Philadelphia’s urban evolution, former Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger will join Drexel University as a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Architecture & Interiors of the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow in the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, a cross-university strategic initiative that aligns Drexel’s academic work with the real-world need for urban revitalization.
New research by Drexel University and Arizona State University reveals that the burst of electricity from a stun gun can impair a person’s ability to remember and process information.

Taser Shock Disrupts Brain Function, Has Implications for Police Interrogations

New research from a first-of-its-kind human study by Drexel University and Arizona State University reveals that the burst of electricity from a stun gun can impair a person’s ability to remember and process information. In a randomized control trial, participants were subjected to Taser shocks and tested for cognitive impairment. Some showed short-term declines in cognitive functioning comparable to dementia, raising serious questions about the ability of police suspects to understand their rights at the point of arrest.
Jordan Hyatt (L) will evaluate the body camera initiative under SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III (R). Photo credit: Elizabeth Peckham.

Drexel Criminology Professor to Evaluate SEPTA Body Camera Initiative

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) recently announced that its transit police officers have been equipped with body cameras. The initiative, which is intended to strengthen relationships with the public and provide valuable evidence for investigations, will be evaluated by Jordan Hyatt, JD, PhD, an assistant professor in Drexel University’s Department of Criminology and Justice Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The conference’s line-up of world-renowned chefs, restaurateurs and food writers will participate in TED-talk style lectures, panel discussions and demonstrations. Photo credit: Brian Kinney.

Drexel’s 2016 Philly Chef Conference Tackles Hot Topics in Restaurant Industry

Being a chef is so much more than just cooking. On Sunday and Monday, March 6 – 7, the 2016 Philly Chef Conference will bring together the biggest names and rising stars in the Philadelphia-area restaurant scene and beyond to delve deep into the real issues faced by restaurant industry professionals, from menu development to restaurant real estate and navigating legal pitfalls.

Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey will join Drexel University as the inaugural Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation.

Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey Joins Drexel as Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey will join Drexel University as the inaugural Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, a new cross-university strategic initiative that aligns Drexel’s academic work with the real-world need for urban revitalization. He also will be affiliated with the Department of Criminology and Justice Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.

During Drexel's honors colloquium, eight students and 25 inmates exchanged letters about classic texts.

Prison Reading Project Opens Minds on Both Sides of the Bars

The Prison Reading Project, an honors colloquium offered this fall, connected eight students and 25 inmates through a correspondence about classic literature.
UConnect will train members of the Drexel community to act as navigators, helping local residents get connected with a range of services and opportunities.

Drexel’s New UConnect Initiative Connects West Philadelphia Residents with Essential Social Services

A new initiative from Drexel University’s Lindy Center for Civic Engagement and the College of Arts and Sciences will address this issue through a service called UConnect, which will train members of the Drexel community to act as navigators, helping local residents get connected with a range of services and opportunities.

Drexel's Jordan McClain interviewed legendary "Fresh Air" host Terry Gross.

Turning the Tables on Terry Gross

Terry Gross is currently celebrating 40 years as the award-winning host of National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air,” which boasts nearly 5 million listeners each week across more than 450 NPR stations. The show also has a massively popular podcast. Gross is widely considered one of the country’s leading and most important interviewers, but earlier this month, the legendary interviewer became the interviewee.

Have an Apple-Shaped Body? You May Be More Susceptible to Binge Eating

Women with apple-shaped bodies – those who store more of their fat in their trunk and abdominal regions – may be at particular risk for the development of eating episodes during which they experience a sense of “loss of control,” according to a new study from Drexel University. The study also found that women with greater fat stores in their midsections reported being less satisfied with their bodies, which may contribute to loss-of-control eating.

The kiosks will be used to screen for issues including bipolar disorder, post-traumatic disorder and depression.

Drexel Offers Free Mental Health Screenings and Demonstrations for National Depression Screening Day

This Thursday, Oct. 8 marks the 25th Annual National Depression Screening Day, held during Mental Illness Awareness Week in October. The Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services (850 N. 11th Street, Philadelphia) of Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions will host a special, all-day event dedicated to raising awareness and screening people for depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. The event is free and open to the public.

Nearly 43,000 young people in Philadelphia are disconnected or disengaged from the work force.

One in Four Young Adults in Philadelphia Are “Disconnected” from Both Work and School

One in four people in Philadelphia between the ages of 18 and 24 are “disconnected” from the labor market – out of school and out of work – according to a new study from Drexel University’s Center for Labor Markets and Policy. Nationally, only 17.7 percent of the age group were disconnected. The report, released this month, was conducted by Paul Harrington, PhD, director of Drexel’s Center for Labor Markets and Policy, and Neeta Fogg, PhD, a labor economist in the Center