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    • Massimiliano Sani (UNICEF Mozambique); Suruchi Sood; Francesca de Maria (PCI Media Impact); and Amy Henderson Riley at UNICEF Mozambique.

      Striking 'Gold' with Public Health Entertainment-Education

      April 30, 2015

      Amy Henderson Riley, a doctoral student in the School of Public Health, wants to change the way the public learns about health. Right now, she's researching whether love triangles and radio drama on a program called "Black Gold" helps inform the people of Mozambique about maternal and child health.

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    • André Carrington, PhD, assistant professor of English at Drexel, helped organize an international conference on LGBT comics and the people who create them. Graphic by Bill Ezell.

      Drexel Professor Behind International LGBT Comics Conference

      April 29, 2015

      A Drexel professor has helped organize a conference recognizing and celebrating the work of the LGBT comics community.

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    • Chef Charles B. Ziccardi, assistant teaching professor of Culinary Arts at Drexel, showing children garden-fresh ingredients during Inspire a Child to Dream Day.

      Drexel Hosts 150 for Inspire a Child to Dream Day

      April 28, 2015

      The children of Drexel employees got to check out the best that the University has to offer as a part of its annual Take Your Child to Work-type event.

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    • Lauren Boehm, co-op nursing student, displaying the Google Glass nursing students at Drexel can use to train.

      Prospective Students Get Look at High-Tech Nursing at Drexel

      April 27, 2015

      Students who are considering going to Drexel got a chance to check out how students in the College of Nursing and Health Professions learn using high-tech tools.

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    • The scene on Lancaster Walk for the Drexel Earth Day Block Party. Photo courtesy of Hanbit Kwon Photography.

      In Photos: Drexel Celebrates Earth Day 2015

      April 27, 2015

      Drexel held its annual Earth Day Block Party last week, the culmination of events across the University that highlighted sustainable living and the environment.

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    • Tomatoes are among the products that can be had through the Delaware Valley Farm Share at Drexel. Photo by Plutor.

      Drexel Location for Farm Share Benefits Local Growers

      April 24, 2015

      A convenient pick-up location at the Drexel Recreation Center opens up the possibility of participating in a farm share for the University community.

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    • Salvatore Ferragamo, circa 1955, purchased by FHCC. Photo by Michael Shepherd.

      Go “Behind the Seams” of Drexel’s Upcoming Historic Costume Exhibition at Spring Style Saturday Event

      April 24, 2015

      On Saturday, May 9, Clare Sauro, curator of the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection in Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, will give guests an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to bring an empty gallery to life with historic fashion treasures. At the spring “Style Saturday” event, entitled “Behind the Seams: The Making of a Costume Exhibition,” Sauro will discuss all aspects of an exhibit from mounting to mannequins, and why certain objects are chosen to be included over others. Guests also will get a sneak peak at some of the items that will be on display in the Collection’s first large-scale, retrospective exhibition, Immortal Beauty: Highlights from the Robert & Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, which will be on display in the Leonard Pearlstein Galley (3401 Filbert St.) from Oct. 2 – Dec. 14. The exhibition is sponsored by the Richard C. von Hess Foundation and will be free and open to the public.

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    • The United Nations Office at Geneva (Switzerland) is the second biggest U.N. center, after the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

      Why is Reforming the United Nations So Hard But So Important? Q+A with Former U.N. Ambassador Joe Torsella

      April 24, 2015

      As the United Nations celebrates its 70th anniversary, DrexelNow checked in with Ambassador (Ret.) Joseph M. Torsella, distinguished visiting fellow in the Center for Public Policy in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences, who formerly served as the U.S. Representative to the United Nations for U.N. Management and Reform. From 2011-2014, he was responsible for leading efforts to make the U.N. a more efficient, accountable, respected and effective organization. On Wednesday, May 13, Torsella will give a public discussion at Drexel on “The U.S., the U.N. and U.N. Reform: Why its So Hard...and So Important.” The event will take place from 1:30 – 3 p.m. in the Bossone Research Enterprise Center’s Mitchell Auditorium (32nd and Market Streets, Philadelphia).

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    • President Fry speaking during the third town hall of 2015 on the University's refreshed strategic plan.

      College of Medicine the Focus of President Fry’s 3rd Town Hall

      April 24, 2015

      Continuing his series of town halls on the strategic plan, President John A. Fry talked with faculty and professional staff at the Queen Lane Campus about the future of Drexel, including Queen Lane specifically.

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    • A collection of pins given out to wear during the National Day of Silence at Drexel.

      Speaking Out with Silence

      April 24, 2015

      Drexel students, faculty and staff again participated in the National Day of Silence earlier this month, using their silence to speak volumes against the discrimination and bullying of LGBTQ individuals.

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    • Logo for The Office of Equality and Diversity' Title IX campaign.

      Drexel Adopts National Standards for Addressing Campus Sexual Violence

      April 24, 2015

      As the national conversation on sexual violence on college campuses continues, the Office of Equality and Diversity has improved its process for investigations and is leading the charge to promote a more proactive culture of prevention.

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    • Nancy Songer, PhD, dean of the Drexel School of Education.

      A Q&A With School of Education Dean Nancy Songer

      April 24, 2015

      Less than a year into her deanship at Drexel, Nancy Songer has big plans for the newly independent School of Education. Drawing on nearly 20 years of experience helping Detroit improve its public education system, Songer hopes to establish new initiatives targeting several phases of education in the Philly community.

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    • Miriam Kotzin, at center, with Drexel President John Fry, right, and Abisoeh Porter, PhD, left, head of the Department of English & Philosophy.

      Employee Spotlight: Miriam Kotzin

      April 24, 2015

      Miriam Kotzen has been teaching at Drexel for 45 years. She's written a history of the University, led departments and creating groundbreaking online literary magazines. But what does she feel is her greatest legacy?

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    • Drexel’s School of Education will host an interactive event to explore the strategy of "collective impact" for change in urban education.

      How to Make a Collective Impact on Urban Education

      April 23, 2015

      Drexel University’s School of Education will host an interactive event to explore the emerging strategy of "collective impact" for change in urban education on Thursday, May 7, from 5 – 7:30 p.m. The discussion is part of the Schools’ Critical Conversations in Urban Education Series.

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    • Seventh Metro Chuch in Baltimore was one of the six historic spaces that participated in the study.

      Can Churches and Artists Save Each Other?

      April 23, 2015

      Creating a symbiotic relationship in which historic sacred spaces, such as churches, help to alleviate performing artists’ need for space could benefit both groups and better integrate them into the community, according to a new study from Drexel University. However, an intermediary is needed to help facilitate these relationships, the study found. The study was led by Neville Vakharia, an assistant professor and research director of arts administration in Drexel’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, and Partners for Sacred Places, a national organization dedicated to the stewardship and active community use of historic sacred spaces.

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    • Philadelphia Science Festival

      Drexel Joins Philadelphia Science Festival's Weeklong Celebration of Science and Technology

      April 22, 2015

      Students, faculty and staff from Drexel University will help make the fifth anniversary of the Philadelphia Science Festival one of the biggest citywide celebrations to date. More than 200 regional partner organizations from museums to cultural centers and educational institutions will present over 100 events across the city during the nine-day celebration intended to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. 


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      Putting a New Spin on Computing Memory

      April 22, 2015

      Ever since computers have been small enough to be fixtures on desks and laps, their central processing has functioned something like an atomic Etch A Sketch, with electromagnetic fields pushing data bits into place to encode data. Unfortunately, the same drawbacks and perils of the mechanical sketch board have been just as pervasive in computing: making a change often requires starting from the beginning, and dropping the device could wipe out the memory altogether. As computers continue to shrink—moving from desks and laps to hands and wrists—memory has to become smaller, stable and more energy conscious. A group of researchers from Drexel University’s College of Engineering is trying to do just that with help from a new class of materials, whose magnetism can essentially be controlled by the flick of a switch.

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    • What happened to young adults with autism between high school and their early 20s? 36% attended any postsecondary education. 19% lived independently. 58% had a job for pay. 74% received any services.

      One in Three Young Adults with Autism Disconnected from Work and School: Drexel Releases National Indicators Report on Autism & Adolescent Transitions

      April 21, 2015

      Autism does not end when children reach adulthood—yet most public awareness, public policy and research about autism focus on the needs of children. A new national report from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute answers critical questions about the experiences and outcomes of young people on the autism spectrum with transition planning, living arrangements, social participation, employment, postsecondary education, health and mental health, safety and other domains.

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    • Paul Furtaw leads Mental Health First Aid training for the Drexel University Police Department.

      Being the First Person on the Scene of a Mental Health Crisis

      April 21, 2015

      Too often, a person suffering from a mental health crisis won’t seek services that might alleviate his or her suffering. That’s where Mental Health First Aid training at Drexel comes in.

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    • An example of what a public health alert might look like if Drexel's Public Health Advisory Committee (PHAC) issued one.

      Staying Vigilant Against Public Health Emergencies

      April 21, 2015

      A committee first formed to meet the threat of the H1N1 flu in 2009 has returned as a permanent fixture to keep Drexel ready in the face of future public health emergencies.

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    • Screen shot of social media on smartphone

      Will Social Media Kill Branding?

      April 21, 2015

      For decades, corporations used a steadfast formula in branding a product: big advertising investments that produced customer awareness and built a positive product reputation. By investing heavily in and tightly managing a product’s image via controlled communications, dominant brands could be leveraged to cultivate loyalty and a long-term stream of profits. But social media’s meteoric rise in popularity may be killing the old, reliable branding formula and changing how consumers interact with brands.

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    • Drexel will honor 14 honorary degree recipients at the 2015 commencement ceremonies.

      Drexel Announces 2015 Honorary Degree Recipients

      April 20, 2015

      Drexel University will award 15 honorary degrees to prominent individuals distinguished in their fields at this year's Commencement. The honorary degree recipients include tennis legend and activist Billie Jean King, MIT Professor Emeritus and linguistics expert Noam Chomsky, 2011 Nobel Prize winner Dan Shechtman and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. 

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    • The StudyTree team, (from left to right) Ethan Keiser, Robyn Freedman and Phuoc Phan, who are currently in California competing in Microsoft's Imagine Cup.

      Drexel’s StudyTree Reaches Microsoft Imagine Cup U.S. Finals

      April 20, 2015

      A team of Drexel student entrepreneurs has reached the last national stage of a global student technology competition.

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    • Drexel's day-long Zom(bie) Con symposium is free and open to the public.

      Zom(bie) Con: Feed Your Brrraaiins at Drexel’s Symposium on the Undead

      April 20, 2015

      Zom(bie) Con: Feed Your Brains, a day-long symposium at Drexel on Thursday, May 14 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., will offer a multiplicity of perspectives on the figure of the zombie. Guest speakers will discuss the zombie in relation to film and videogames, Jewish studies, history, literature and the health sciences, among other fields. It is free and open to the public.

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    • President John A. Fry at the beginning of his presentation on the strategic plan refresh in his second town hall for faculty and professional staff this year.

      President Fry Holds 2nd Town Hall on ‘Viable and Transformative’ Strategic Plan

      April 17, 2015

      In the second of four scheduled town halls on Drexel’s strategic plan refresh, Fry touched on the goals of the plan, which included promoting social justice and upping the ante on research.

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    • Brian Blake, PhD

      Drexel Announces University of Miami’s M. Brian Blake as New Provost

      April 17, 2015

      Drexel has named M. Brian Blake, PhD, as the University’s next provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. Blake, who comes to Drexel from the University of Miami, where he is vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate School, will begin his new position on Aug. 1.

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    • "Spring Landscape #5 (Mont Royal, Montreal)" by Gershon Benjamin, 1947, oil on canvas, 29 x 36 inches.

      Gershon Benjamin: Modern Master at the Rincliffe Gallery

      April 17, 2015

      Celebrated American modernist Gershon Benjamin painted what he loved for seven decades. A Drexel alumnus has now brought those adored works to Drexel for a special exhibition.

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    • Chart of cancer awareness ribbon colors. Credit: Judith E. Bell, CC-BY SA 2.0 https://www.flickr.com/photos/jhandbell/14357589121

      Today is [Insert Health Issue Here] Awareness Day. Is That Making Us Healthier?

      April 16, 2015

      Public health researchers contend that health awareness days have not been held to an appropriate level of scrutiny given the scale at which they have been embraced, in a peer-reviewed commentary in the American Journal of Public Health.

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    • Voxel-lesion symptom map shows areas associated with speech production (blue-green) and speech recognition (red-yellow) factors in the brain. Credit: Mirman et al., Nature Communications

      Mapping Language in the Brain

      April 16, 2015

      Aphasia, an impairment of language that often happens after stroke or other brain injury, affects about 1 in 250 people, and can make it difficult to return to work and to maintain social relationships. A new study published in the journal Nature Communications provides a detailed brain map of language impairments in aphasia following stroke.

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    • Mary Semanik, far right, in the lobby newly dedicated to her and her husband, John, speaking with former women's lacrosse player Amanda Norcini (center) and the Mary Semanik Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse, Hannah Rudloff (left).

      Daskalakis Athletic Center Lobby Named for Transformative Athletic Directors

      April 15, 2015

      The Daskalakis Athletic Center’s lobby will bear the name of John and Mary Semanik, a husband and wife team who led Drexel athletics to new heights for almost three decades.

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    • A soldier, flag and the Mario the Magnificent statue.

      Veteran Employee Resource Group Formed at Drexel

      April 14, 2015

      Rocky Rockstraw, a professor of nursing & assistant dean in the College of Nursing and Health Professions as well as an Air Force veteran, is helping form a group to help other veterans join the Drexel employee community as easily as possible.

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    • "Majungasaurus."

      Painting Prehistoric Beasts

      April 13, 2015

      When he’s not helping discover new dinosaurs and fossils, the Academy of Natural Science’s Jason Poole uses the prehistoric beasts as inspiration for his art.

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    • H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, celebrated Philadelphia media entrepreneur, newspaper publisher and philanthropist, was named the 61st Business Leader of the Year by Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business

      Gerry Lenfest Named Drexel’s Business Leader of the Year

      April 9, 2015

      Celebrated Philadelphia media entrepreneur, newspaper publisher and philanthropist H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest was recently named the 61st Business Leader of the Year by the LeBow College of Business.

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    • Front slide of the strategic plan refresh presentation.

      Fry Hosting Second Town Hall on Strategic Plan’s New Phase

      April 9, 2015

      President John A. Fry is hosting a second town hall, this one in the morning, to again go through the goals of the strategic plan’s next phase and take questions.

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    • African Pygmy Kingfisher (Ispidina picta) photographed in Vwaza Wildlife Reserve, Malawi. Credit: Jason D. Weckstein

      Study of African Birds Reveals Hotbed of Malaria Parasite Diversity

      April 8, 2015

      A new study published this week in the journal PLOS ONE explores the scope of malaria parasite diversity in southeast African birds, and provides insight into how lifestyle characteristics of birds can influence their association with different parasite genera.

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    • neuroprosthetics

      What Can Brain-Controlled Prosthetics Tell Us About The Brain?

      April 8, 2015

      The ceremonial opening kick of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Sao Paolo, Brazil, which was performed—with the help of a brain-controlled exo-skeleton—by a local teen who had been paralyzed from the waste down due to a spinal cord injury, was a seminal moment for the area of neuroscience that strives to connect the brain with functional prosthetics. The public display was a representative of thousands of such neuroprosthetic advances in recent years, and the tens of years of brain research and technological development that have gone into them. And while this display was quite an achievement in its own right, a Drexel University biomedical engineer working at the leading edge of the field contends that these devices are also opening a new portal for researchers to understand how the brain functions. 


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    • Drexel's Tobie Hoffman, center, with re-enactors playing the Union's General George Meade, left, and the Confederacy's Robert E. Lee, right.

      150 Years Later, Following In Civil War Footsteps

      April 7, 2015

      The Drexel English Language Center’s Tobie Hoffman will follow the path of the retreating Army of Northern Virginia to cap two years of dedicated personal learning about one of the most tumultuous times in U.S. history.

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    • Logo for The Office of Equality and Diversity' Title IX campaign.

      Drexel Launches Sexual Violence Awareness Month

      April 7, 2015

      To promote a culture of proactive prevention, the Office of Equality and Diversity is launching a campaign during a nationwide sexual violence awareness month.

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    • Brando

      The Upworthy Don: Formulas That Drive Google, Klout, Facebook Help Researchers Understand Organized Cybercrime

      April 3, 2015

      Notorious gangsters Al Capone and Carlo Gambino were famously done in by tax evasion charges. John Gotti, the “Teflon Don” was given up by a confidant. While the criminal masterminds of today are conducting their nefarious business online, the key to taking them down depends on understanding how they organize and where to squeeze them. Researchers from Drexel University’s Privacy and Security Automation Lab are searching for that pressure point by studying the activity of cybercrime forums. Their findings could guide the next generation of “Untouchables.”

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    • Caring Together is an organization which works toward helping women suffering from substance addiction.

      Helping Women for 25 Years, Drexel Professor Starts New Program

      April 2, 2015

      Barbara Schindler’s Caring Together program has helped women struggling with addiction for more than two decades and now she’s expanding her focus to women who are returning from incarceration.

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    • Chang created a "Before I die…" art installation on an 80-foot wall surrounding the construction site of the former University City High School. Photo credit: C. Shan Cerrone.

      “Before I Die…” Artist Candy Chang to Speak at Drexel

      April 2, 2015

      On Thursday, April 30 from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., Taiwanese-American artist Candy Chang will speak on  “Better Cities: Transforming Public Spaces Through Art & Design” at Drexel University’s Mandell Theater (33rd and Chestnut Streets) as the fifth lecturer in the College of Arts and Sciences' annual Distinguished Lecture Series.

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    • President John Fry speaking during the first strategic plan faculty and staff town hall meeting this year.

      Fry Discusses Drexel’s Future in Year’s First Town Hall

      April 2, 2015

      President John Fry discussed increasing engagement with Philadelphia, expanding the University’s global reach and implementing a new recruitment philosophy in the first town hall to discuss a refresh of Drexel’s strategic plan.

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    • President John Fry speaking during the first strategic plan faculty and staff town hall meeting this year.

      President Fry Hosts First Strategic Plan Town Hall: A Quick Recap

      April 1, 2015

      President John Fry held his first town hall of the year Wednesday afternoon to brief faculty and professional staff on the next phase of Drexel University’s strategic plan.

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    • Rainbow Flag during a Pride event. Photo by Jez Atkinson.

      The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act: A Q&A With Law Professor David S. Cohen

      April 1, 2015

      Indiana’s new law, dubbed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, has come under fire from critics who say it enables discrimination of LGBTQA individuals. Kline School of Law Professor David S. Cohen answers question about what the law is and what it could mean.

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    • One of the instructors in the promotional material recycling program run by Goodwill Industries, with which Drexel is now partnered.

      Turning Drexel Banners Into Fashionable Bags With Goodwill

      April 1, 2015

      A partnership between Goodwill Industries and the University is supporting a program designed to give former prisoners a marketable skillset by turning old Drexel promotional materials into new bags.

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