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Rachel Ewing

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

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Fossil Fish Brings Broader Understanding of 'Fish-Eat-Fish' World

Scientists from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University have described another new lobe-finned fossil fish species from the same time and place in the Canadian Arctic as the famous precursor to limbed animals, Tiktaalik roseae, which they discovered several years ago.

nerve research March 2013

Making Axons Branch and Grow to Help Nerve Regeneration After Injury

Drexel researchers are a step closer to understanding how nerve cells are repaired at their farthest reaches after injury. Their findings were recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience.
Barbie Izquierdo and her two children cooking at home, as seen in A Place at the Table

A Philadelphia Witness to Hunger Takes the Spotlight in a Documentary Film on Hunger in America

Drexel University's public health research into the health effects and complex causes of hunger and food insecurity are prominently featured in a new documentary film, A Place at the Table. The film profiles Barbie Izquierdo, a participant in Drexel's "Witnesses to Hunger" program and includes expert commentary from Dr. Mariana Chilton.

porch light

Mural Arts Initiative Puts the Intersection of Art and Healing at 11th Street

This year, Drexel's 11th Street Family Health Services is participating in the Porch Light Initiative, a project that situates art and human connection at the heart of recovery and healing in distressed Philadelphia neighborhoods.

The words "mirror image" are reflected, but not reversed, in this photo of the Hicks non-reversing mirror taken at Robin Cameron's art show. Photo courtesy Room East in New York.

NYC Art Gallery Displays Non-Reversing Mirror Invented by Drexel Math Professor

When you look in a mirror, you see an image of yourself in reverse. But one odd mirror invented by mathematics professor Dr. R. Andrew Hicks at Drexel University shows your true face without reversing its image. That mirror is now on display as part of an art exhibition in New York City  through December 9.

Researchers Describe the Physical Forces Underlying Sickle Cell Disease

Researchers at Drexel University have identified the physical forces in red blood cells and blood vessels underlying the painful symptoms of sickle cell disease. Their experiment, the first to answer a scientific question about sickle cell disease using microfluidics engineering methods, may help future researchers better determine who is at greatest risk of harm from the disease. They report their findings in Cell Press’s Biophysical Journal today.

Preventing Firefighter Injuries and Casualties by Examining the Culture of Safety

Drexel University was awarded a three-year, $1 million fire prevention and safety grant last month to develop tools to improve on-the-job safety for firefighters. Researchers will develop a survey to measure the safety climate – the measurable aspect of an organization’s or group’s attitudes toward safe behavior or “culture of safety”– for use in fire departments and by fire safety researchers.

Giant Panda Conservation Researchers from China to Speak at Drexel

Three leading scientists involved in the conservation of giant pandas at the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base in Chengdu, China will present a mini-symposium, “Biology and Conservation of the Giant Panda,” at Drexel University on August 22.
Diagram shows the role of the protein importin beta1 in signaling after nerve damage at the axon, from the axon to the cell body.

Long-Distance Distress Signal from Periphery of Injured Nerve Cells Begins with Locally Made Protein

New research recently published in Neuron, co-authored by Drexel's Dr. Jeffery Twiss, is one of the strongest indicators yet of molecular signaling from end to end in peripheral nerve cells. The team's new discoveries may help scientists better understand nerve cells' distress signals and nerve cell repair, so they can eventually control and enhance the process to speed up recovery from nerve injuries.

A preliminary design concept by a group of Drexel students for the A.J. Drexel Autism institute's mobile clinic

Autism Outreach on Wheels: Students Design Mobile Clinics for A.J. Drexel Autism Institute

The newly established A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University is hitting the road with design assistance from students in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. Students are developing designs for the interior and exterior of a vehicle that will be used as a mobile clinic for research and community outreach, the first mobile unit for autism in the Philadelphia region. 

Obesity and Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Insulin Resistance

The combination of obesity and vitamin D deficiency may put people at even greater risk of insulin resistance than either factor alone, according to new research from the Drexel University School of Public Health recently published early online in the journal Diabetes Care. Insulin resistance is a major risk factor for Type 2 diabetes, a condition that affects 25.6 million adults and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

Driver's Side Mirror with No Blind Spot Receives U.S. Patent

A side mirror that eliminates the dangerous “blind spot” for drivers has now received a U.S. patent. The subtly curved mirror, invented by Drexel University mathematics professor Dr. R. Andrew Hicks, dramatically increases the field of view with minimal distortion.