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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 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.
Wine on shelves at a grocery store.

After Privatization, Link Found Between New Liquor Establishments, Violence

A team led by a Drexel University professor found that areas of Seattle where new establishments with alcohol were added following Washington state’s privatization efforts saw a significant increase in violent assaults.
Fossils discovered from the B. rex around a drawing of what the fish's head looked like.

A New ‘King’ — New, Gigantic, Ancient Armored Fish Discovered

In the Arctic, a team that included scientists from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University found fossils of a giant new species of extinct armored fish that they named Bothriolepis rex — the new king of Bothriolepis.
A child holding up one of his baby teeth.

Autism Researchers Looking at Baby Teeth to Identify Risk Factors

A group of autism researchers led by Drexel’s Craig Newschaffer will use new technology to study the baby teeth of children who have siblings with autism — considered high-risk already — to determine if they’re more likely to develop the disorder if exposed to chemicals in the womb.
An artist's depiction of what the Strud nursery ecosystem may have looked like, including the three different placoderm species discovered at the site and the likely plant-life there. Image by Justine Jacquot-Hameon/PLOS-One.

‘Nursery’ Discovered in Belgium Provides Insight into Prehistoric Fish Life

The discovery of a group of young, prehistoric fish fossils provides some insights into the extinct creatures’ lives — and how fish today might be similar to them.
Lotus logo for The Building Wealth and Health Network with the tagline "My Power. My Money."

Study: Safety Net Programs Don’t Support High Rates of Trauma in Participants

A recent study by researchers from Drexel University’s Center for Hunger-Free Communities found that a high number of participants in a federal cash assistance program have suffered significant childhood adversity, exposure to violence as adults and other poverty-related stressors, highlighting the need to take participants’ past trauma into account.
Firefighters wearing their self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).

Peers, Public Perception Influence Firefighters Against Safety Equipment

Interviews conducted across the country by Drexel University researchers found that firefighters are often influenced by both colleagues and the public’s perception of them as risk-takers when choosing whether or not to use their safety equipment.
PCB transformers, which contain chemicals like the ones in the study found to increase the risk of autism when there are high levels of exposure.

Chemicals Banned Decades Ago Linked to Increased Autism Risk Today

A group of man-made chemicals used in some pesticides and insulating materials banned in the 1970s continues to linger in the United States, and new research by a Drexel University professor and colleagues found that high levels of exposure to some of them during pregnancy may increase the likelihood of a child being diagnosed with autism by roughly 80 percent.
Sheet music.

Music Demonstrated to Alleviate Cancer Patients’ Symptoms

A review looking at studies on the effect music interventions have on the treatment of cancer patients found treatment benefits for anxiety, pain, fatigue and overall quality of life.