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Rachel Ewing

Rachel Ewing was a news officer at Drexel from May 2011- August 2015.

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215.895.2614

The #snap4SNAP campaign beginning Oct. 30 is partly inspired by Witnesses to Hunger, and will celebrate 50 years of food stamps and their success protecting public health.

Campaign Celebrates Food Stamps' Half Century Protecting Public Health

A Drexel research program has spawned a nationwide social media campaign to celebrate the many benefits of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program on its 50th anniversary, promoting children's health and supporting working parents.

Kenneth Lacovara, PhD (center) speaks with a crowd of community members in attendance at the Mantua Township Community Fossil Dig Day.

A World-Class Fossil Dig, a One-of-a-Kind Community Event

More than a thousand residents and visitors to southern New Jersey will dig their own fossils and learn from the Drexel University paleontologist and students who conduct globally significant scientific research at Mantua Township's third annual Community Fossil Dig Day.

Clients of all ages are welcomed at Drexel's Psychological Services Center.

Psychological Services Center Opens at Drexel, Offering Affordable, Cutting-Edge Care for Philadelphia Region

The new Psychological Services Center on Drexel's campus now offers high-quality, scientifically informed, affordable psychological services for the community and clinical training opportunities for doctoral students.

An image of feet with arrows symbolizing directions of a life course

A.J. Drexel Autism Institute Receives $3.6 Million Gift to Launch Life Course Outcomes Research Initiatives

The A.J. Drexel Autism Institute has received a grant of $3.6 million to launch four major initiatives of its Life Course Outcomes research program, focused on understanding and improving quality of life issues for people on the autism spectrum at all ages.

Drexel Team Unveils Supermassive Dinosaur Dreadnoughtus

A Drexel-led team has described a new dinosaur species with the most complete skeleton ever found of one of the largest animals to ever walk the Earth. At 85 feet (26 m) long and weighing about 65 tons (59,300 kg) in life, Dreadnoughtus schrani is the largest land animal for which a body mass can be accurately calculated.

A northern pine snake near the edge of an asphalt road in New Jersey. Credit: Dane Ward

Roadside Research from the New Jersey Pinelands and Coast to Coast

Three doctoral students from Drexel's Laboratory of Pinelands Research are presenting their work with northern pine snakes and the Pine Barrens gentian at the Ecological Society of America meeting, after doing some new roadside research during their cross-country drive to Sacramento.
Google search trends for the term "autism" from 2010 through 2014, showing peaks in searches in April of each year.

Awareness Month Spurs Web Searches for Autism

Autism Awareness Month each April brings blue lights and blue ribbons out to shine in many communities – but does it actually lead to increased autism awareness? According to a new analysis of web search trends by researchers at Drexel University, it does appear to drive an increase in Google searches for autism – by a third over searches in March in recent years.
View of a highway from the driver's seat

Do People with Autism Struggle with Driving? First Study Asks Autistic Adults about Real-World Driving Experiences

In the first pilot study asking adults on the autism spectrum about their experiences with driving, researchers at Drexel University found significant differences in self-reported driving behaviors and perceptions of driving ability in comparison to non-autistic adults. 

Rendering of the expanded Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center (new wing on left)

Drexel Breaks Ground for Expansion of 11th Street Family Health Services, Renaming Building for Shellers

Drexel has broken ground for a major expansion of its nurse-managed health center in North Philadelphia. Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke was on hand for the ceremonial event with Drexel President John A. Fry, benefactors Stephen and Sandra Sheller and others.

In the Drexel team's experiments, flies died after an average of 5.8 days when consuming a diet of the sweetener erythritol.

You Catch (and Kill) More Flies with This Sweetener

In a study that began as a sixth-grade science fair project, researchers at Drexel University have found that a popular non-nutritive sweetener, erythritol, may be an effective and human-safe insecticide. Erythritol, the main component of the sweetener Truvia®, was toxic to fruit flies in the Drexel team’s study.

Autism rates were about double in children born to mothers who took an SSRI during pregnancy, compared to children of mothers who didn't -- but overall rates were extremely low in both groups.

In Utero Exposure to Antidepressants May Influence Autism Risk

A new study from researchers at Drexel University adds evidence that using common antidepressant medications during pregnancy may contribute to a higher risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children, although this risk is still very small.

Students participate in a science lab course in Drexel's Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building

STEM Teaching Innovation, Mentoring at Drexel to Expand with HHMI Grant for Improving Retention

Drexel University has been awarded funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) of $1.2 million over five years to implement strategies intended to increase the retention of undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors.