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  • James Buehler, MD

    Drexel Professor James W. Buehler Appointed City of Philadelphia Health Commissioner

    June 27, 2014

    In an announcement of multiple changes in his senior administration today, Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter has appointed James Buehler, MD, a professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy in the Drexel University School of Public Health, as the city’s new Health Commissioner.

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  • Image of the Drexel Department of Public Safety Communications Center

    Accreditation Assessors to Visit Drexel

    June 27, 2014

    A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), will visit Drexel from July 13 to July 16, to evaluate all aspects of the Drexel University Public Safety Communications Center’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services.

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  • 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

    June 26, 2014

    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.

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  • View of a highway from the driver's seat

    First Study Asks Autistic Adults about Driving Experiences

    June 26, 2014

    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. As the population of adults with autism continues growing rapidly, the survey provides a first step toward identifying whether this population has unmet needs for educational supports to empower safe driving – a key element of independent functioning in many people’s lives.

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  • ic@3401

    New Company Joins Innovation Center @3401

    June 25, 2014

    What happens when you mix a mid-size tech company, high-tech startup companies and an accelerator program like DreamIt Ventures? Organizers of the new Innovation Center @3401 (ic@3401) are betting that assembling the key elements of the entrepreneurial ecosystem on a small scale in one location will help boost innovation, collaboration and business creation in Philadelphia.

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  • Photo of Stanley Silverman and Donna De Carolis

    Silverman Donates $2 Million for Close School Dean Professorship

    June 25, 2014

    Two-time Drexel alumnus Stanley W. Silverman '69, '74 and his wife, Jackie, have donated $2 million to endow The Silverman Family Professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership. The professorship will be held by Donna De Carolis, founding dean of Drexel University’s Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship.

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  • Tetris on Cira Centre

    Cira Tetris Game Sets Guinness World Record

    June 24, 2014

    Drexel University’s Frank Lee, PhD, has officially outdone himself. The man behind this spring’s giant game of Tetris® --played on the north and south sides of Brandywine Realty Trust’s Cira Centre skyscraper-- replaced his own name in the Guinness World Records ledger as the creator of the world’s “largest architectural videogame display.”

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  • Pinned insects

    Academy Summer Schedule

    June 23, 2014

    Birds and bugs — what would summer be without them? — will be featured in two exhibits, a favorite festival and a class for adults this summer at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

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  • Drexel Sociologist’s New Book Explores the Double-Edged Sword of “The Age of Aluminum”

    June 20, 2014

    From Coca-Cola cans to Apollo 11 to the Empire State Building, aluminum can be found almost anywhere you look. But are there unseen costs associated with this ubiquitous metal? In a new book, Drexel University’s Mimi Sheller, PhD, explores how aluminum enabled a high-speed, gravity-defying American modernity even as other parts of the world paid the price in environmental damage and political turmoil.

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  • A new study from Drexel University found that the majority of young people are not aware of the legal ramifications of underage sexting

    Majority of Minors Engage in Sexting, Unaware of Harsh Legal Consequences

    June 18, 2014

    Sexting among youth is more prevalent than previously thought, according to a new study from Drexel University that was based on a survey of undergraduate students at a large northeastern university. More than 50 percent of those surveyed reported that they had exchanged sexually explicit text messages, with or without photographic images, as minors. The study also found that the majority of young people are not aware of the legal ramifications of underage sexting.

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  • Red mud

    Aluminum Dreams Q-and-A

    June 16, 2014

    Aluminum has helped change the world in ways previously unimaginable. But the quest for more aluminum has also had damaging ripple effects on the environment and indigenous populations around the world.

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  • Dyeing a dress

    Arielle Gogh - Descience

    June 16, 2014

    Arielle Gogh never expected to find inspiration in the color of cancer tumor cells. But as a competitor in the first-ever Descience national fashion competition, the fashion design student uses scientific research to create a runway-ready outfit that promotes scientific discovery and fashion inspiration. 

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  • Image of the exterior of the University City High School

    Drexel and Wexford Purchase University City High School Site

    June 16, 2014

    Drexel University City Development, LLC, the joint venture between Drexel and Wexford Science & Technology, LLC, officially closed today on the purchase of a 14-acre site from the School District of Philadelphia that formerly housed the University City High School, the Charles Drew Elementary School and The Walnut Center.

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  • Dana and David Dornsife together with Drexel representatives and the Lindy family cut the ribbon.

    Dornsife Center Grand Opening

    June 12, 2014

    Drexel University celebrated the grand opening of the Dana and David Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships on Thursday, June 12 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the dedication of the Lindy House and tours of the site for the community.

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  • Main Building

    Sexual Assault Q-and-A - Faculty-Staff

    June 9, 2014

    Last month, the U.S. Department of Education released a list of 55 colleges and universities under investigation for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases. The schools on the list ranged from Ivy League institutions to state universities to small liberal arts colleges. Drexel was not on the list, but administrators aren’t taking anything for granted.

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  • Main Building

    Sexual Assault Q-and-A - Students

    June 9, 2014

    Last month, the U.S. Department of Education released a list of 55 colleges and universities under investigation for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases. The schools on the list ranged from Ivy League institutions to state universities to small liberal arts colleges. Drexel was not on the list, but administrators aren’t taking anything for granted.

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  • Students Advocating Against Slavery

    Human Trafficking Club

    June 9, 2014

    In Guatemala the summer after her freshman year at Drexel, Kaelee Shepherd sat in the passenger seat of a car as it stopped at a red light. A young girl, maybe 7 or 8, walked up to her window.

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  • Soccer stadium

    World Cup Q-and-A

    June 9, 2014

    As the 2014 World Cup approaches, all eyes are on Brazil. The country has been plagued by claims that it is unprepared to host the massive sporting event and protests over the billions of dollars spent on construction costs.

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

    Drexel Breaks Ground to Expand 11th Street Health Center in North Philadelphia

    June 6, 2014

    Drexel broke 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, College of Nursing and Health Professions Dean Gloria Donnelly, PhD, 11th Street Director Patricia Gerrity, PhD, Drexel trustees, faculty and students, and staff, patients and community members at 11th Street.

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

    Drexel Scientists Find Common Sweetener is a Safe Insecticide

    June 4, 2014

    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 Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies in a dose-dependent manner in the Drexel team’s study, published in PLOS ONE. The flies consumed erythritol when sugar was available and even seemed to prefer it. No other sweeteners tested had these toxic effects.

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  • Josa Hanzlik

    Whitaker Fellowship Profile

    June 3, 2014

    Josa Hanzlik spends her days looking at images of human tibia bones, or reading articles about bone ingrowth and orthopedic implants. Those are things she could do in Philadelphia. But instead she's doing them in the Netherlands, and she says she's better for it.

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    Horror Movie Club

    June 2, 2014

    Whatever you do, don’t tell Jared Ely, the president and founder of Drexel’s Horror Movie Discussion Group, that you hate horror movies. He's heard it before.

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  • Faculty promoted to full professor

    Full Professorships

    June 2, 2014

    Eight Drexel faculty members will be promoted to full professor effective Sept. 1. And with expertise ranging from architecture to photography, research covering everything from overeating to solar energy and international connections stretching to India, Japan, Ireland and beyond, they’re a diverse group. 

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  • 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

    June 2, 2014

    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.

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