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Niki Gianakaris

Director of Media Relations, University Communications

Niki is the executive director of media relations at Drexel University’s Office of University Communications. Together with a team of four news officers, she oversees media relations at the university and the College of Medicine, with the exception of the Academy of Natural Sciences and Athletics. Niki joined Drexel in 2002 as a staff writer and later became an assistant director of media relations before becoming director in 2010. Prior to Drexel she worked in Rowan University’s Office of University Relations while earning a master’s degree in writing with a specialization in journalism. She also received her bachelor’s degree in communications from Rowan University. Niki blogs for the Drexel News Blog and tweets at @drexelniki.

Contact:

ngianakaris@drexel.edu

215.895.6741

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If Sitting Is The New Smoking, Should Employers Be Held Liable?

Doctors have warned us for years about the health risks associated with sitting too much. Researchers have linked sitting for long periods of time to a number of health issues, including increased high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat and cholesterol. They also warn that prolonged sitting increases the risk of cardiovascular problems and cancer. What does this mean for organizations whose employees end up sitting for at least eight hours a day? Should they be held liable for harms caused to employees in sedentary workplaces?

Rosalind Remer, founding executive director of the Lenfest Center for Cultural Partnerships.

With $3 Million Gift to Drexel, Lenfest Foundation to Fund Student Co-op Jobs in Cultural Nonprofits

With a $3 million gift to Drexel University, the Lenfest Foundation will fund paid cooperative education jobs for students in the nonprofit cultural sector. In recognition of this generous gift, the University will name its Center for Cultural Partnerships in honor of Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest. The Center was established in 2015 to fortify cultural institutions like museums, libraries and historical societies and make their offerings and experiences more accessible to Drexel students.

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Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement to Evaluate Drexel Police

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will visit Drexel University from July 9-12 to evaluate all aspects of the Drexel University Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services.

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Study: Empowerment is Key to Better Performing Hospital Employees

For many patients, what helps make their hospital stay a much better experience is the help of a good health care provider at their bedside. But what helps these providers perform better? A recent study showed that feeling empowered goes a long way in dynamic settings like those of hospitals and empowerment can be promoted by creating an environment that encourages proactive behaviors directed toward prioritizing patient care.

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Art and Tech Innovator John Maeda to Speak at Drexel Commencement at Citizens Bank Park

Computational design guru John Maeda will address the class of 2017 at Drexel University’s commencement, which will be held on June 13 at 7:30 p.m. Maeda is the global head of Computational Design and Inclusion at Automattic, the parent company of Jetpack, WooCommerce, Longreads, WordPress.com and more. The University-wide ceremony will be held at Citizens Bank Park for the second consecutive year.

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Drexel’s Alison Young Named Eisenhower Fellow, Will Study Gender Equity of Public Sector in G20 Countries

Drexel University’s Alison Young, executive director of the Institute for Strategic Leadership in the LeBow College of Business, was one of 20 U.S. leaders from government, business and civil society to be selected as a 2017 Eisenhower Fellow. The fellows are some of the leading minds in education policy, consumer protection, agriculture, diplomacy, defense, education, health, media, immigrant integration and public service.

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What Do Google Search Queries Reveal About Brand Attitudes?

It has been widely thought that brand search volume — the counts of queries that a search engine receives from users that include specific brand names, like “iPhone” — can predict sales for that brand. Google makes this information available to marketers for free through Google Trends, an application that allows anyone to see how frequently popular brand names are searched, and it has become a valuable tool for marketers. But new research from Drexel University, Brigham Young University and Google shows there is a lot more to consider when looking at the large number of queries that include brand names.

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Ribbon-Cutting Marks the Opening of Drexel’s Perelman Center for Jewish Life

More than 100 guests celebrated the opening of the Raymond G. Perelman Center for Jewish Life at Drexel University with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 26. Construction for the new facility at N. 34th Street was made possible with the help of a $6 million gift from Perelman. It is the first building at Drexel constructed entirely through private philanthropy.

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Clinton Foundation President Donna Shalala to Address Graduates at Drexel’s Commencement

Donna E. Shalala, PhD, president of the Clinton Foundation, former president of the University of Miami and United States Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton, will address the class of 2016 at Drexel’s commencement on June 11 at Citizen’s Bank Park. This marks the first year Drexel will host a University-wide ceremony for the 1,500 graduating students.
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The Game of Fonts: Research Finds That Difficult-to-Read Fonts Can Positively Affect Buying Habits

In a new paper, forthcoming in the Journal of the Academy of Science, a team of researchers including Drexel University’s Rajneesh Suri, PhD, a professor of marketing at the LeBow College of Business, take a closer look at how consumers’ buying decisions are influenced by fonts.
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School of Public Health Receives Transformative $45 Million Gift from the Dornsifes

Drexel University’s School of Public Health has been named the Dana and David Dornsife School of Public Health in honor of a transformative $45 million gift from longtime philanthropists Dana and David Dornsife widely known for their humanitarian efforts. The couple has donated a total of $58 million to the University.

Drexel Board of Trustees Appoints New Members

Drexel University has appointed five new members to its Board of Trustees.