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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 photo of two boys with their heads together sleeping. Taken by Angela S. of the Philadelphia Witnesses to Hunger, she said, "To get a good education, my sons have to take two buses and a train through the 'hood to get to school. They fight all day, but here they were tired, cold, and supporting each other just trying to get home safe.”

Photo Exhibit at African American Museum Will Speak the Truth about Poverty

As Democratic National Convention visitors come to Philadelphia, Witnesses to Hunger at Drexel University will unmask the truth of American poverty through photography and personal testimonies in an exhibit at the African American Museum.
Milk being poured into a bowl.

Soft Drink, Soft Price: Soda Prices Found Significantly Lower Than Healthy Alternative Milk

Drexel University researchers found a huge disparity between the price of soda, which is linked to the prevalence of health issues like diabetes, and milk — a difference in price that could be narrowed by taxes like the one on sugary drinks recently approved in Philadelphia.
Labidus Praedator. Photo by Dinesh Rao.

Mountaineering Ants Use Body Heat to Warm Nests

Underground army ants can keep their nests — called bivouacs — warm with their body heat; this social warming may enable fragile offspring to survive in chilly mountain forests , according to Drexel University researchers.
A fruit fly on a compost pile. Photo by John Tann.

Ladykiller: Artificial Sweetener Proves Deadly for Female Flies

In testing multiple artificial sweeteners, a Drexel University research team found that one was particularly deadly for female fruit flies — and left males relatively untouched.
A scanning electron microscope image of a diatom. Courtesy of Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization.

Tiny Algae Ideal for Sniffing Out Nutrient Pollution in Water

Tiny algae, called diatoms, living in water could be key to providing a definitive and clear measure of whether streams, rivers and lakes have damaging levels of nutrients in them.
A piece of art created by a study participant using both markers and modeling clay. They said the experience was "therapeutic, relaxing [and] thoughtful." Courtesy of Girija Kaimal.

At Any Skill Level, Making Art Reduces Stress Hormones

A Drexel University study found that no matter a person’s skill level, taking time to make art is likely to reduce their stress hormone levels.
A scan of a human brain. Photo courtesy of Sean Novak.

Origin of a Myth: The Second Trauma Cure for Amnesia

A Drexel professor explains how scientists’ limited and faulty understanding of the brain hundreds of years ago gave birth to the erroneous idea that amnesia induced by a blow to the head can be cured by a second “conk.”
Left side view of the Hypophthalmus marginatus collected from the Suriname River.

After Centuries of Confusion, Unique Bones Help Scientists Place Catfish

The Hypophthalmus catfish has long stumped scientists trying to explore its origins, but a pair of researchers from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University finally believes their analysis of the fish’s backbone and unique swim bladder has solved the puzzle.
A giant panda cooling off with a block of ice. Photo by Mingxi Li.

Pandas Don’t Like It Hot: Temperature, Not Food is Biggest Concern for Conservation

China’s bamboo supply is more than enough to support giant pandas after it was discovered that they have bigger appetites than originally believed, but climate change could destroy their plentiful food source anyway.
College of Nursing and Health Professions Dean Gloria Donnelly during her first comedy performance in 2010.

Financially Distressed Students Benefit from Drexel Dean’s Comedy

The dean of Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions will host a new show to benefit the emergency fund she created five years ago to help out students who need financial support.
Tianna Gaines-Turner holds a photo of the hug she shared with Congressman Paul Ryan. Photo by Jas Borman.

Witnesses to Hunger Expert Star of “A Hug From Paul Ryan” Documentary

A participant and expert of Drexel’s Witnesses to Hunger advocacy program is the focus of a new documentary that is part of a series looking at social issues in the United States.
The New York Times building.

What The New York Times Gets Wrong About PTSD

In analyzing the articles The New York Times has published about posttraumatic stress disorder over the last 35 years, Drexel’s Jonathan Purtle and his team found some troubling trends in the influential paper’s coverage.