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December

    • Alex Krengel and Guram Gotsadze outside the Sameba Cathedral in Tbilisi.

      Student Travels to Nation of Georgia to Study Health Systems

      December 22, 2014

      A Drexel student working toward his master’s degree in public health traveled to Georgia for the winter break to help create the groundwork for a new method of teaching new systems to public health practitioners.

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    • A group of Drexel students are designing a transportation concept for Sydney, Australia as part of Disney's Imaginations contest.

      Students Vying to Design Disney-Themed Urban Transportation System

      December 22, 2014

      Campfire stories, high-speed trains and out-of-body experiences are all part of Drexel University students’ plan for a Disney-themed transportation system of the future set in Sydney, Australia. This vision is one of six finalists in Disney’s Imaginations design competition. The students will present their idea to a panel of judges in hopes of taking home a $3,000 first-place prize and the opportunity to intern at Walt Disney Imagineering –the creative design team behind those world-famous theme parks and attractions.

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    • War of the Worlds

      Philly-Style 'War of the Worlds' In Line For Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge Funding

      December 22, 2014

      The next act for the professor who put Pong and Tetris on Brandywine Realty Trust’s 29-story Cira Centre office building could be an alien invasion of Philadelphia. Drexel University’s Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, and Adrienne Mackey, an adjunct professor in the College and director of Swim Pony Performing Arts, have a vision of turning Philadelphia’s iconic spaces into a citywide videogame inspired by H.G. Wells’s science fiction classic, “War of the Worlds.”

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    • A stack of Russian rubles

      The Russian Ruble’s Collapse: A Q&A with Marco Airaudo

      December 19, 2014

      Although the ruble’s freefall began to stabilize around the time of a press conference given by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the currency remains severely devalued. Marco Airaudo, PhD, a professor of economics, talks how this happened, what Russia can do, and what it means for the rest of the world.

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    • Drexel President John A. Fry shakes hands with Santa Claus at annual toy drive distribution ceremony.

      Drexel Toy Drive Kick-Starts Holiday Season for Children

      December 16, 2014

      For the 18th year, the Drexel community collected toys and donations for needy Philadelphia children to make the holiday season a little brighter. Leaders from community groups gathered with Drexel faculty and staff for the distribution ceremony which featured a visit from a certain man in a red suit.

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    • Drexel will host a summer institute on the history of design, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

      Westphal College Receives Drexel’s Largest-Ever NEH Grant, Will Host First Summer Institute on the History of Design

      December 15, 2014

      A new summer institute at Drexel University will offer an intensive learning experience in the history of design in order to prepare educators to explore and teach the subject. The four-week institute, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) — the largest in Drexel’s history from the NEH — will be held at Drexel’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design from July 6-31.

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    • Top Stories of 2014

      Drexel's Top Stories of 2014

      December 15, 2014

      A rundown of DrexelNow stories clicked, tweeted, shared and read the most over the past year.

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    • Chart shows increased odds of poor health outcomes for young children living in families whose SNAP benefits (food stamps) were reduced or lost due to increased earned income, compared to families receiving consistent benefits

      Report Shows Challenges for Working Families in Transition Off of Public Benefits

      December 12, 2014

      A cliff effect—families losing benefits in the transition out of poverty—is the focus of a new policy report released today by Drexel’s Center for Hunger-Free Communities and Children’s HealthWatch based on data collected in Philadelphia from 2005 through 2013.

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    • Drexel's growing sailing team

      Drexel Sailing Team Getting Into Shipshape

      December 12, 2014

      Following the success of the team's trip to France, Drexel's sailing team finds its roster tripling in size as it prepares for the 2015 season.

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    • biosafety

      How Long Can Ebola Survive Outside the Body?

      December 11, 2014

      The Ebola virus travels from person to person through direct contact with infected body fluids. But how long can the virus survive on glass surfaces or countertops? How long can it live in wastewater when liquid wastes from a patient end up in the sewage system? In an article published Dec. 9 in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters, Charles Haas, PhD, LD Betz professor in Drexel University’s College of Engineering and head of the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department, and a team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, review the latest research to find answers to these questions.

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    • Jordan McClain discusses "Serial"

      "Serial" and Grim Media: A Q&A With Jordan McClain

      December 10, 2014

      Exploring a 1999 murder case, "Serial" is the latest installment of popular media dealing with "gritty" subject matter. A professor from the Department of Communication delves into the series' appeal and the popularity of dark subjects.

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    • Drexel alum Rich McCracken, retiring from job he began a co-op for 43 years ago.

      From Co-op to Retirement

      December 10, 2014

      When he began his co-op with Ametek Inc. in late December 1971, Rich McCracken could never have known that he would be retiring from the same company 43 years later. He spoke about with  DrexelNow about the value of the co-op program which helped launch his career.

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    • Chuck Vincent presents the flag that flew above the USS Arizona to the student veterans at Drexel.

      Piece of Pearl Harbor History Donated to Drexel

      December 8, 2014

      This past Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, America observed the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Thanks to a unique donation from a Drexel alum, a piece of that day that will “live in infamy” is now a part of Drexel’s military artifact collection.

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    • The second annual museum leadership conference at Drexel is entitled "Cultural Properties: Ownership, Stewardship and Responsibility."

      Experts Discuss the Meaning of Ownership and Stewardship of Cultural Property at Drexel’s Annual Museum Leadership Conference

      December 4, 2014

      This December, Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, in association with its new graduate program in museum leadership, will host a two-day conference to discuss these questions and others that loom large in the museum world.

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    • A turkey, carrots, cranberries and other side dishes are placed on a table for a holiday meal.

      Top Tips for Holiday Cooking and Eating

      December 4, 2014

      Drexel experts in nutrition sciences, culinary arts, hospitality and food science are available this season to offer their expert advice on making your celebratory cuisine tasty, warm, healthy or a combination of all three.

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    • Drexel researchers are helping Alley Pond park in New York City join the U.S. Forest Service's Smart Forest Network, in hopes of better understanding urban ecosystems.

      Drexel Helps New York City Park Plug Into Research

      December 3, 2014

      From air and soil temperature to precipitation to solar radiation and phenology, data collected at Alley Pond Park in Queens, New York by a collaboration of scientists from Drexel University, U.S. Forest Service, NYC Parks and Recreation may contribute to making urban forests—and perhaps their rural/wildland cousins too—healthier and more resilient. 

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    • Cordelia Biddle signs book

      The Story of the World’s Wealthiest Nun

      December 2, 2014

      The story of Saint Katharine Drexel is unlike any other. Cordelia Francis Biddle, a creative writing professor in the Pennoni Honors College and member of the extended Drexel family, captures the fascinating tale in a new book about this selfless saint.

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    • Puppy Pawlooza

      Puppy Pawlooza: Stressed Students Can Relax with Therapy Dogs

      December 1, 2014

      It’s that time of year again when puppies take over Drexel University. Keeping with the recently established University tradition, the beloved Puppy Pawlooza event will be held prior to finals week to offer students the cutest form of stress release.

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    • The d&mShop offers unique, personal gifts for friends and family, including jewelry, scarves and stationary.

      Support Local and Student Artists with One-of-a-Kind Gifts from Drexel’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop

      December 1, 2014

      Shop for unique, personalized gifts for family and friends at the d&mShop, a retail laboratory run by the Design & Merchandising students within the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University. From jewelry to scarves to stationary, the shop features one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted items created, developed and/or selected by students, faculty, staff and alumni of Drexel University, as well as local artists and boutiques.

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