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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

White-eared ground sparrow

Birds of All Feathers Work Together to Hunt When Army Ants March

When army ants move out, a new Drexel University study found that, instead of chasing each other away, birds work together to follow the column and hunt the insects that marching ants scare out of hiding.
A patient wearing a blood pressure cuff.

Obamacare Key to Improving Access in Mexican-American Patients with High Blood Pressure

A Drexel study found that the Affordable Care Act, if embraced, can dramatically reduce disparities between Mexican-heritage people and white patients with hypertension.
A sketch of a brain with splatters of different colors of paint.

Making Art Activates Brain’s Reward Pathway – Drexel Study

Coloring, doodling and drawing all showed significant bloodflow in the section of the brain related to feeling rewarded, a new study by a Drexel University art therapist found.
A woman walking on a sidewalk in front of a brick wall.

People Walking to Work or an Errand More Likely to Stroll into Dangerous Areas, Study Says

Pedestrians with a purpose, such as going to work or a store, were more likely to walk in areas with a higher risk of being hit by a car, compared to walkers on recreational strolls, a new study has found.
Cover photo for the National Autism Indicators Report 2017: Developmental Disability Services and Outcomes in Adulthood

27 Percent of Adults with Autism Who Use State Disability Services Have No Work or Other Activities: National Autism Indicators Report 2017

In its latest annual report, the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute examined a survey of adults who use developmental disability services and found that a significant number with autism are not engaged in work or day activities outside the home.
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Common Artificial Sweetener Likely a Safe, Effective Birth Control, Pesticide for Insects, Drexel Study Finds

Erythritol, a non-nutritive sweetener found in products like Truvia, has proven effective in killing fly larvae and slowing down their egg production, making it a good candidate for human and pet-safe pesticide use.
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Urban Health Collaborative Develops New Health Profile of West Philadelphia Promise Zone

Examining data from a variety of sources to create a picture of health factors in the Promise Zone, the Urban Health Collaborative seeks to put information in the hands of those able to use it to work toward improving the neighborhoods’ health.
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Most Home Kitchens in Philadelphia Study Would Earn Severe Code Violations

A pair of studies found that most of the home kitchens in Philadelphia that they examined would get critical code violations if they were judged by the same standards that we hold to the restaurants where we eat.
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Purse Strings, Not Heart Strings: Revenue Emphasis Helped Philly ‘Soda Tax’ Pass Instead of Health Argument

In a behind-the-scenes look at how policymakers formed Philadelphia’s sugar-sweetened beverage tax, researchers from Drexel University found that an emphasis on revenue generation for pre-kindergarten education, not health benefits, served as a winning strategy.
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Treatment Window for Fragile X Likely Doesn’t Close After Childhood, Drexel Study Finds

A Drexel University-led study looked into human and rat brain samples and found that the biological structures potentially contributing to Fragile X syndrome are present in adult brains — something that mouse samples did not show.
Mark Sabaj and his daughter Sofia holding fish

Eyeless Catfish Named for Discoverer’s Daughter

To honor his young, science-minded daughter, a researcher from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University named a new species of blind, Amazonian catfish after her.
A pair of firefighters in full gear walking away toward a firetruck.

Better Injury Data Management Can Save Fire Departments Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars

A new study out of Drexel University shows that more accurately tracking injuries in the fire service can save fire departments a great amount of money and more accurately focus injury prevention efforts.