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Frank Otto

Staff Writer
Frank Otto is a staff writer in the University Communications Department who serves as the editor of DrexelNow. He began at Drexel in December 2014. 

Previously, Frank served as a reporter for The Mercury in Pottstown, Pa. for three years. His duties included covering several school districts and municipalities as well as reporting on spot news and features. He also interviewed Carly Rae Jepsen once.

Contact:

fmo26@drexel.edu

215.571.4244

A group of women wearing visors and buttons with red ribbons for HIV awareness.

Must-See-TV: Educational Shows that Entertain Have Greater Impact on Faithful Viewers

A study of viewing audiences shows that the television programs most effective at imparting an educational message about social behaviors are the ones that keep people watching engaged and coming back for more.
A Latino couple visiting with a physician.

Study: Obamacare Benefitted Latinos, But Disparities Remain

A new study found that the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, helped improve access and utilization of health care for Latinos, but the benefits varied by heritage group and persistent disparities remain.
An infographic showing the differences in public health voting by region, gender and political party, citing numbers from the story.

Democrat Senators Vote for Public Health Policies 4 Times More Often Than Republicans: Study

Polarization in the Senate was displayed in a recent study that found a 67-percentage- point split between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to voting for public health policies endorsed by the American Public Health Association.
Skyline over top of a row home neighborhood.

As Neighborhood Status Falls, Cardiovascular Disease Risk Among Black Residents Spikes

A Drexel University-led study found that significant increases in cardiovascular disease was linked to black residents of neighborhood with lower socioeconomic status and higher levels of violence and disorder.
A microscopic image of a tumor cell migrating through collagen.

The Way You Move: Tumor Cells Move Differently Than Normal Ones

A new study by a Drexel biology professor determined that tumor cells can’t move the same way that normal cells do to get through tight squeezes in the body, opening up the potential for future, targeted therapies.
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Black Males Nearly 3 Times as Likely to Die Due to Police Action, Study Finds

A Drexel public health researcher used a population health view to describe disparities in the death of males in the United States due to legal intervention. He found that black males are almost three times as likely to die as their white peers.
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Drexel Selected to Be Site in NEA’s First-Ever Funding of Arts Labs

For the first time, the National Endowment for the Arts is funding research labs, and Drexel’s Department of Arts Therapies was chosen to lead one focusing on arts and health.
An arm being given an immunization through a needle.

More are Positive About HPV Vaccine on Twitter Than Not, Drexel Study Finds

A Drexel University study into sentiments toward the HPV vaccine on Twitter found that significantly more tweets post positive sentiments toward vaccines, such as the value of prevention and protection, than not.
A child sitting on a park bench looking sad

Anxiety Measure for Children with Autism Found Reliable

In children on the spectrum, anxiety is often masked by the symptoms of autism. But a new variant to a standard anxiety screening method has now proven effective in separating the two and leading to important diagnoses.
A young girl holding her finger out for an HIV test.

In Africa, Fighting HIV in Young Mothers Through Education

A new program run by a new faculty member in Drexel's Dornsife School of Public Health will attempt to address education as a determinant of HIV risk in young South African mothers.
Technician holding a blood sample for HIV testing.

Risk-Taking Behaviors Tied to Racial Disparities in HIV in Gay Communities

Researchers from Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health re-examined data showing a disparity between HIV prevalence in black and white men who have sex with men and found that a racial gap between them was reduced once levels of risk within their communities were considered.
People enjoying a meal at the EAT Cafe.

Welcoming Everyone to the Table: Philadelphia’s First Pay-What-You-Can Restaurant To Open

In Philadelphia, Drexel University, the Vetri Community Partnership, Giant Food Stores and other community partners are teaming to open the city’s first pay-what-you-can restaurant.