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Frank Otto

Staff Writer
Frank Otto is a staff writer in the University Communications Department who serves as the editor of DrexelNow. He began at Drexel in December 2014. 

Previously, Frank served as a reporter for The Mercury in Pottstown, Pa. for three years. His duties included covering several school districts and municipalities as well as reporting on spot news and features. He also interviewed Carly Rae Jepsen once.

Contact:

fmo26@drexel.edu

215.571.4244

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Restaurant, Bar Smoking Bans Impact Smoking Behaviors, Especially for the Highly Educated

Smoking bans in restaurants and bars are especially effective among those with college degrees, but also were associated with higher quit attempts by people with low incomes, according to a new Drexel University study.
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Mexican Migrant Health Access Lower After U.S. Border Crossing — And Even When They Return to Mexico

Immigrants and migrants from Mexico had worse access to health care and insurance after they crossed the border into the U.S. — and it remained bad when they returned to Mexico again.
Apoica pallens clustering around their hive.

Little Wasp Bodies Means Little Wasp Brain Regions, Study Shows

A Drexel study looking at 19 species of paper wasps found that body size may lead to variation in the complex parts of their brains.
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Drexel Study: Coloring Books Make You Feel Better, But Real Art Therapy Much More Potent

Many adult coloring books claim to be art therapy and can reduce negative feelings, but art therapists are significantly more impactful, a Drexel study shows.
PrEP pills

The U.S. Could Easily Hit Its 2020 HIV Prevention Goal By Using One Drug, Drexel Study Finds

If just a quarter of high-risk men who have sex with men were to use daily preventive medicine, the United States could surpass its goal of reducing new HIV infections by 25 percent.
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Could Death Rates Have Swung the 2016 Election?

A new study shows that climbing mortality rates of middle-aged white people were associated with many counties voting Republican in the 2016 presidential election.
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Studies Show Barnegat Bay Salt Marshes Provide Millions of Dollars of Water Treatment for Free – For Now

A pair of studies led by Academy of Natural Sciences researchers show that salt marshes along New Jersey’s Barnegat Bay are invaluable for removing nutrients — but they’re threatened by climate change.
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Microscopic Algae Hold Key to New Jersey’s Nutrient Pollution Now and in the Past

An Academy of Natural Sciences-led study found that the presence of certain species of microscopic algae called diatoms can be reliable indicators of nitrogen pollutions in New Jersey’s bays.
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When Vegetables Are Closer in Price to Chips, People Eat Healthier, Drexel Study Finds

A new study determined that the difference in price of healthy foods compared to unhealthy foods plays a significant role in whether people have a healthy diet.
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Drexel’s Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice Receives ‘Empowering’ Grant

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded a grant to the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice that will expand offerings and resources in Healing Hurt People.
A plate of traditional Thanksgiving food.

Skip Cooking for Thanksgiving This Year — With Help from the EAT Cafe

Philadelphia’s first pay-what-you-can Café is offering delicious take-out side dish and dessert options for Thanksigiving as a fundraiser to support its mission of feeding the hungry.
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Academy of Natural Sciences Scan Reveals the Bones of Satan…Fish

A fish named after the devil because of its underground home was scanned by scientists at the Academy of Natural Sciences and the University of Texas in the hopes of understanding how it’s related to other catfish.