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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 person looking at a brain image on a monitor while someone else is helped into an MRI in the background.

New Parts of the Brain Become Active After Students Learn Physics - Study

A new study out of Drexel University showed that, when confronted with physics problems, new parts of a student's brain are utilized after receiving instruction in the topic.
A baby laying in an incubator

More Frequent Checks Control MRSA in Newborns, But Can Hospitals Afford Them?

Checking more often on newborns in the NICU provided positive results for preventing MRSA transmission, but hospitals must balance the high costs, a new study found.
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In Photos: A Wet But Inspiring Eagles Autism Challenge

Despite heavy downpours at points during the morning, thousands turned up for the Eagles Autism Challenge to support research at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute.
A fruit fly standing on a plant's leaf.

Restoring Epigenetic Balance Reinstates Memory in Flies With Alzheimer's Disease Symptoms

A study from Drexel University showed that restoring a balance between two epigenetic regulator enzymes restored learning and memory function in flies that displayed symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.
A drawing of the Hyneria Lindae

25 Years of Fossil Collecting Yields Clearest Picture Yet of Extinct 12-Foot Aquatic Predator

More than two decades of exploration at a Pennsylvania fossil site have given Academy of Natural Sciences paleontologists their best idea of how a giant, prehistoric predator would have looked and behaved.
Sharrelle Barber with activist Marielle Franco.

Honoring Assassinated Brazilian Politician, Drexel Professor To Speak on the Global Fight for Black Lives

Drexel's Sharrelle Barber met Brazilian politician and activist Marielle Franco the night she was assassinated. Now, Barber's hoping to inspire others in Franco's name.
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Malaria-Carrying Parasites Spread More When They Can Jump Into Multiple Birds - Study

A study out of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University found that blood parasites that cause malaria spread more widely if they can use many different kinds of birds as hosts. But even those "generalist" parasites are limited.
View of an empty doctor's office and exam table.

Bias and Discrimination Keep Women With Higher Body Weights Away from the Doctor- Drexel Study

The stigma of weight and internalized feelings relating to it were found in a Drexel University study to be associated with healthcare avoidance in women with higher body weights.
A screenshot of the Philadelphia Inquirer's Health section masthead from April 15, 2018.

Philadelphia Area Hospital Ads All ‘From the Same Playbook,’ Study Finds

Most advertisements for hospitals in the Philadelphia area emphasize patient stories and medical staff, a Drexel University study found, not really allowing for any to stand out.
Full shelves with soda, fruit drinks and teas.

After Tax, Philadelphians 40 Percent Less Likely to Drink Soda Every Day

The first study to look at what Philadelphians actually drank instead of sales at local stores since the city's "Soda Tax" came into play, the study found that residents stopped drinking soda every day at a significant rate.
Gabby D'Andrea, vice president of the Neurodragons, getting ready for an interview at the Eagles' NovaCare Complex late last year. Courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Neurodragons Will Cheer on Eagles Autism Challenge Riders — And You Can Join Them

Drexel’s new student organization for neurodiverse and neurotypical students plans to be out and cheering when the Eagles Autism Challenge comes rolling through campus.
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Mayors’ Political Leanings Strongly Influence Thoughts on City Health Policy Effectiveness

A new Drexel University study found that cities’ lead decision-makers view how effective municipal policies are at reducing health disparities differently based on their social ideologies.