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  • Innovation Center @3401 Officially Opens Its Doors for Creative Collaboration

    PHILADELPHIA, July 28, 2014
    Philadelphia’s newest entrepreneurial incubation space is ready for business –and ready to help businesses get their start. The Innovation Center @3401, a collaborative effort of Drexel University and the University City Science Center to help attract and nurture start-up businesses in the region, officially opened its doors on Monday, July 28. Read More
  • Researchers found that being unemployed increases your risk of death, but recessions decrease it.

    Losing Your Job Could Kill You, But Recessions Could Be Good For Your Health

    PHILADELPHIA, July 24, 2014
    While previous studies of individuals have shown that employees who lose their jobs have a higher mortality rate, more comprehensive studies have shown, unexpectedly, that population mortality actually declines as unemployment rates increase. Researchers from Drexel University and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor set out to better understand these seemingly contradictory findings. Read More
  • Abstract wood sculpture by Jeremy Holmes

    Installation Artist Jeremy Holmes Makes Philadelphia Debut with his Largest Abstract Wood Sculpture Yet

    PHILADELPHIA, July 21, 2014
    A massive ribbon-like wood sculpture by installation artist Jeremy Holmes will be on display from Wednesday, Aug. 6 – Sunday, Sept. 28 as part of an exhibition designed by the artist specifically for Drexel University’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery. While Holmes’ site-specific bent wood installations generally vary in length from 12 feet to a quarter-mile long, this will be his largest installation yet. The exhibition, entitled ‘Convergence,’ marks Holmes’ Philadelphia debut. Read More
  • SugarHouse Casino

    Do Urban Casinos Increase Local Crime? Not in this Case Study

    PHILADELPHIA, July 16, 2014
    Philadelphia’s SugarHouse Casino opened its doors in September 2010 after years of protests from community members who feared that the casino would lead to an increase in neighborhood crime. However, a new study by researchers at Drexel University and Temple University reveals that these concerns were unfounded. Read More
  • Drexel Neuroscientist Joins DARPA Project to Restore Memory Function to People with Brain Injuries

    PHILADELPHIA, July 11, 2014
    Joshua Jacobs, PhD, an assistant professor in Drexel University’s School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems is a key contributor in a multi-center $22.5 million, four-year effort to develop technologies for using brain stimulation to help people recover their ability to encode and retrieve memories. The project is in support of President Obama’s BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) initiative. Read More
  • Main Building

    Three Drexel Faculty Make Thomson Reuters' 'Highly Cited Researchers' List

    PHILADELPHIA, July 7, 2014
    Three Drexel University faculty members earned the distinction of being ranked among the most cited researchers in their respective fields according to Thomson Reuters’ “Highly Cited Researchers 2014” list. Gordon Richards, PhD, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, Yury Gogotsi, PhD, Distinguished University and Trustee Chair professor in the College of Engineering, and Peter DeCarlo, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences, were included on the list of 3,215 distinguished researchers compiled by the international media and information company. Read More
  • Philly Geek Awards

    Drexel Faculty, Students Among Nominees For 2014 Philadelphia Geek Awards

    PHILADELPHIA, July 7, 2014

    The annual Philadelphia Geek Awards have once again recognized the work of Drexel University’s faculty and students as some of the best examples of the city’s vibrant geek community over the past year.

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  • James Buehler, MD

    Drexel Professor James W. Buehler Named Health Commissioner of the City of Philadelphia

    PHILADELPHIA, 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. Read More
  • Image of the Drexel Department of Public Safety Communications Center

    Accreditation Assessors to Visit Drexel’s Public Safety Communications Center

    PHILADELPHIA, 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. Read More
  • 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

    PHILADELPHIA, 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. Read More
  • View of a highway from the driver's seat

    Do People with Autism Struggle with Driving? First Study Asks Autistic Adults about Real-World Driving Experiences

    PHILADELPHIA, 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

    Point.io Sets up Shop at Innovation Center @3401

    PHILADELPHIA, 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. Read More
  • Photo of Stanley Silverman and Donna De Carolis

    Silverman Family Endows Professorship Honoring Close School of Entrepreneurship Dean

    PHILADELPHIA, 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. Read More
  • Tetris on Cira Centre

    Giant Tetris Game Sets New World Record

    PHILADELPHIA, 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.” Read More
  • New Book Explores the Double-Edged Sword of “The Age of Aluminum”

    PHILADELPHIA, 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. Read More
  • 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

    PHILADELPHIA, 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. Read More
  • Image of the exterior of the University City High School

    Drexel and Wexford Science & Technology, LLC, Purchase University City High School Site

    PHILADELPHIA, 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.

    Drexel Celebrates Grand Opening of Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships

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

    Drexel Breaks Ground for Expansion of 11th Street Family Health Services, Renaming Building for Shellers

    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.

    You Catch (and Kill) More Flies with This Sweetener…

    PHILADELPHIA, 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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  • 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

    PHILADELPHIA, 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. Read More
  • Drexel University's master of science degree in creativity and innovation is the only degree of its kind offered fully online.

    Can You Learn to be Creative? This Drexel Master's Degree Teaches Students to Create 'Aha!' Moments

    PHILADELPHIA, May 31, 2014

    Preparing students to think like creative professionals is the goal of Drexel University Online’s master of science’s degree program in creativity and innovation, offered through the School of Education. While many colleges and universities are beginning to offer individual courses in creativity, Drexel’s master's degree program is one of only a few full creativity degree programs in the country. Drexel also offers graduate and undergraduate certificate programs in this subject.

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  • Students participate in a science lab course in Drexel's Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building

    STEM Teaching Innovation, Mentoring at Drexel to Expand with HHMI Grant for Improving Undergraduate Retention

    PHILADELPHIA, May 29, 2014
    Drexel University has been awarded funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) of $1.2 million over five years to implement strategies intended to increase the retention of undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors. Drexel’s project is focused on the theme of developing communities that improve student learning and faculty use of teaching approaches that improve retention. Read More
  • Philadelphia Aerial View

    Team Selected to Develop Joint Master Plan For Philadelphia 30th Street Station Precinct

    PHILADELPHIA, May 27, 2014

    Amtrak, Drexel University and Brandywine Realty Trust have selected Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), in association with Parsons Brinckerhoff, OLIN, and HR&A Advisors to develop a comprehensive joint master plan for the area around Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station.

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  • Fulbright Scholars 2014

    Seven Drexel Students Offered Fulbright Grants

    PHILADELPHIA, May 22, 2014
    For the second consecutive year a record-breaking seven Drexel students and alumni have been offered study and research grants by the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Read More
  • Drexel seal, commencement stage

    Drexel Announces 2014 Honorary Degree Recipients for June Commencement

    PHILADELPHIA, May 22, 2014

    More than 5,000 students will graduate from Drexel University at its 127th Commencement on June 13 and 14 in five separate ceremonies. Drexel will award 20 honorary degrees to prominent individuals distinguished in their fields including NBC News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell, legendary architect Robert A.M. Stern and MIT professor Robert Langer—the most cited engineer in history.

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  • Daniel Korschun, assistant professor at Drexel's LeBow College of Business

    New Study Reveals Corporate Social Responsibility Can Lead to Better Customer Service

    PHILADELPHIA, May 21, 2014

    Currently accepted wisdom in the corporate world is that in order to motivate frontline employees who serve customers, corporations need to increase their salary, make them feel more positive about the company, or give them more explicit instructions on how to interact with customers. A new study led by Drexel University’s Daniel Korschun, PhD, an assistant professor at the LeBow College of Business, examines how frontline employees respond to corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities such as charitable giving, environmental programs and ethical practices.

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  • Students of the Close School at eBay headquarters

    Drexel's Close School of Entrepreneurship Announces Launch of Degree Programs

    PHILADELPHIA , May 20, 2014

    Drexel University’s Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship has announced the launch of a bachelor's degree program in entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as three entrepreneurship minors, including social entrepreneurship, health innovations and energy innovation.The Close School is the first freestanding school of entrepreneurship in the nation outside of a business school to offer its own degrees.

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  • U.S. Labor Secretary to Speak at Drexel Law Commencement

    PHILADELPHIA, May 19, 2014
    U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez will speak at the sixth commencement ceremony for Drexel University’s School of Law on Wednesday, May 21. Read More
  • belly band prototype

    Style Meets Engineering in Drexel's Smart Fabric Belly Band

    PHILADELPHIA, May 19, 2014

    Tummy snugging maternity wear could soon be giving expecting parents peace of mind in addition to stylishly securing waistlines. Researchers at Drexel University are combining fashion design with wireless technology to produce a belly band that will be able to monitor uterine contractions and fetal heart rate in real time.

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  • Modern-Day Slavery Expert and Author E. Benjamin Skinner to Speak at Drexel

    PHILADELPHIA, May 15, 2014
    There are more slaves in the world today than at any time in history, according to human trafficking expert and author E. Benjamin Skinner in his book "A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery." Skinner will join Drexel University on Wednesday, May 28, to speak about global slavery and his experiences reporting from dozens of countries in which slavery flourishes. Read More
  • Dan Etheridge

    Producer of 'Veronica Mars' to Lecture at Drexel

    PHILADELPHIA, May 14, 2014
    This May students in The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design will have the opportunity to study under one of the more innovative producers in television and film today. Dan Etheridge, Los Angeles-based producer most recently esteemed for turning out the Veronica Mars series and movie, will serve as one of Drexel University’s 2014 Rankin Scholars in Residence. Read More
  • Rebekah Quasny puts the finishing touches on her collection to be shown at the annual senior fashion show.

    Senior Designs Hit the Runway at Drexel’s Annual Fashion Show

    PHILADELPHIA, May 13, 2014
    With influences ranging from a rainy night in Paris to art nouveau and marine life, the collections of 32 graduating fashion design students will hit the runway at the Drexel University’s Annual Senior Fashion Show on Saturday, June 7, presented by the Fashion Design and Design & Merchandising programs in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. Read More
  • A high-resolution digital image of the face of Kryptoglanis shajii

    A Tiny, Toothy Catfish with Bulldog Snout Defies Classification

    PHILADELPHIA, May 13, 2014
    Kryptoglanis shajii is a strange fish – and the closer scientists look, the stranger it gets. This small subterranean catfish sees the light of day and human observers only rarely, when it turns up in springs, wells and flooded rice paddies in the Western Ghats mountain region of Kerala, India. Scientists at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University have recently provided a detailed description of this fish's bizarre bone structures. Read More
  • Crew 2014 Dad Vail

    Drexel Crew Defends its Dad Vail Title

    PHILADELPHIA, May 12, 2014

    Drawing on the depth of its performance as a team, Drexel Crew successfully defended its overall points title at the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta. The Dragons earned four medals and both the men’s and women’s teams placed third, but their combined point totals were enough to edge out Bucknell, Massachusetts and more than 100 other teams on the Schuylkill River in the largest collegiate regatta in the country.

     

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  • Men's Lacrosse v. Penn(NCAA)

    Men's Lacrosse Defeats Penn in First Round of NCAA Tournament

    PHILADELPHIA, May 12, 2014

    Drexel scored three goals in a matter of 11 seconds just before halftime to seize momentum in a 16-11 NCAA Tournament win over University City rival Penn. The Dragons, winners of nine straight, led by as much as seven goals en route to a victory in their first appearance in the national tournament.

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  • Last Chance to See 2014 World Press Photo Exhibition at Drexel

    PHILADELPHIA, May 9, 2014

    "Powerful images of conflict, hope and daily life” (Associated Press) are currently on display as part of an exhibition of nearly 150 prize-winning photos from the 57th Annual World Press Photo competition, the world’s largest and most prestigious annual international press photography contest, which made its United States debut at Drexel University.

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  • 3101 Market Drexel

    A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment Announces Inaugural Class of Research Grants

    PHILADELPHIA, May 8, 2014
    Reducing carbon emissions, improving efficiency of the power grid and using ultrasound to treat contaminated water are just a few of the research goals being pursued by the first round of projects funded by the A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment. In all six projects received seed funding totaling $270,000 to investigate topics related to environmental protection and sustainability. Read More
  • Week of Writing Panel

    Songwriting, Storytelling and Sex: “Week of Writing” Festival Explores Literary Issues at Drexel, May 12-16

    PHILADELPHIA, May 7, 2014

    The Week of Writing, hosted by the Department of English and Philosophy, kicks off on Monday, May 12. Highlights include student readings, workshops, story slams and panel discussions including “Writing Lyrics,” “Storytelling in Unexpected Places” and “Writing about Sex.” Presenters will include students, faculty, journalists, playwrights, publishers, editors, poets, authors, songwriters and other noted guests.

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  • The Final Faceoff: Update on Democratic Candidates Seeking Gubernatorial Nomination Debate at Drexel

    PHILADELPHIA, May 6, 2014

    The hour-long debate will be held on Monday, May 12 at 7 p.m. in Drexel University’s Mandell Theater on Chestnut Street between 32nd and 33rd Streets. Journalist, news anchor and author Larry Kane will serve as moderator and produce the debate. He will be joined by two panelists: Daily News columnist John Baer and American Cities Foundation president Sandra Dungee Glenn. The four candidates are: Rob McCord, Katie McGinty, Allyson Schwartz and Tom Wolf.

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  • Rendering of The Study Hotel in University City

    Study Hotels Expanding to Philadelphia: Hospitality 3 Will Develop New Hotel on Drexel's Campus

    New York, May 5, 2014

    Study Hotels, the unique lifestyle concept developed by Paul McGowan of Hospitality 3 to deliver high-quality, full-service lodging to university markets, is expanding to Philadelphia’s dynamic University City district.

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  • Dana and David Dornsife and Shannon Marquez, PhD, with children and friends at Kechema Water Point in Ethiopia, a World Vision WASH project site.

    Drexel Establishes Dornsife Global Development Scholars Program

    PHILADELPHIA, May 5, 2014
    A new program leverages a partnership between Drexel and World Vision in 10 countries in eastern, western and southern Africa where World Vision and benefactors Dana and David Dornsife have ongoing water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects. Read More
  • Men's Lacrosse

    Dragons Win CAA Men's Lacrosse Championship With Triple-Overtime Victory Over Hofstra

    PHILADELPHIA, May 3, 2014

    Rookie Cole Shafer gave Drexel its first Colonial Athletic Association Men's Lacrosse Championship with a goal in the triple overtime against Hofstra in the title game. The win punches Drexel's ticket to the NCAA Tournament.

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  • Drexel University Announces New Executive Director of Drexel Sacramento

    PHILADELPHIA, May 2, 2014
    Drexel University has named Michael W. Marion, EdD, as the next executive director and associate vice provost of Drexel University Sacramento. Marion will replace Sandra Kirschenmann, who announced her retirement effective Sept. 1. Read More
  • Ryan Belka

    Dragons Rally to Beat Towson in Overtime, Will Play Hofstra For CAA Men's Lacrosse Championship

    PHILADELPHIA, May 1, 2014

    Trailing by three goals in the fourth quarter, Drexel Men’s Lacrosse rallied to a 11-10 victory in overtime against Towson in the semifinals of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. Junior Ryan Belka scored the game-winner a minute and 27 seconds into overtime. The Dragons will face Hofstra on Saturday, May 3 for the CAA title.

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  • Juell F., a Boston member of Witnesses to Hunger, with her daughter

    “Witnesses to Hunger” Photo Project Returns to Boston City Hall

    PHILADELPHIA, April 29, 2014

    Mothers caring for young children on limited incomes, who are part of the groundbreaking “Witnesses to Hunger” program, will reunite for a photo exhibit and events at Boston’s City Hall this May. They will participate in vital discussions addressing the health impacts of poverty and on critical issues affecting mothers and children in commemoration of Mother’s Day.

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  • Men's Lacrosse to Host Towson in Semifinals of CAA Tournament

    PHILADELPHIA, April 28, 2014
    Riding the momentum of a six-game winning streak, Drexel Men’s Lacrosse will enter the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament as the No. 2 seed and host the Towson Tigers in a semifinal match-up at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30. Read More
  • Seniors from Drexel’s Inaugural Product Design Class Create Prototypes that Solve Real-World Problems

    PHILADELPHIA, April 28, 2014
    The first graduating class of product design majors in Drexel’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design will display their final projects as part of the program’s senior show on May 30.

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  • Casino training lab

    Drexel and Bally Technologies Partner to Create an Authentic Casino Learning Experience for Students

    PHILADELPHIA, April 25, 2014

    Students at Drexel University with an interest in casino operations management can now learn directly from their own casino training lab, thanks to a donation of slot machines from one of the largest gaming technology manufacturers in the world, Bally Technology. The slot machines were installed in Drexel’s Paul Peck Problem-Solving Building (101 N. 33rd St.) in April, making Drexel the first university on the East Coast to provide on-site casino gaming equipment for educational purposes.

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  • Nancy Songer Named Dean of Drexel University’s School of Education

    PHILADELPHIA, April 24, 2014
    Nancy Butler Songer, PhD, has been named the new dean of the School of Education at Drexel University. Songer will begin her term on August 3. Read More
  • Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren to Receive Westphal Award at Drexel

    PHILADELPHIA, April 24, 2014
    Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren will join Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design on May 28 as the recipient of the third annual Westphal Award and the 2014 Design & Merchandising Distinguished Speaker. Read More
  • A multi-nozzle 3D printer, invented by Sun's lab, allows researchers to grow living, 3D models of cancer tumors.

    Engineering Breakthrough Will Allow Cancer Researchers to Create Live Tumors With a 3D Printer

    PHILADELPHIA, April 24, 2014

    Drexel’s Wei Sun, PhD, Albert Soffa chair professor in the College of Engineering, has devised a method for 3D printing tumors that could soon be taking cancer research out of the petri dish.

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  • Science Carnival

    Drexel's Rube Goldberg Device to Kick Off Weeklong Celebration of Science in Philadelphia

    PHILADELPHIA, April 23, 2014
    The press of a button triggering a chain reaction of more than 300 energy transfers will serve as the elaborate opening to the 2014 Philadelphia Science Festival. The harbinger of this year’s week of science excitement is a Rube Goldberg machine –a complex device designed to perform a simple task- built by Drexel engineering students with the goal of setting a world record. Read More
  • Generalized additive model estimates of probability of ASD by maternal and paternal age (years) in the Stockholm Youth Cohort. The 95% CIs are indicated by dashed lines. Based on Idring et al., International Journal of Epidemiology

    Child’s Autism Risk Accelerates with Mother’s Age Over 30

    PHILADELPHIA, April 22, 2014

    A recent study from researchers from the Drexel University School of Public Health in Philadelphia and Karolinska Institute in Sweden provides more insight into how the higher risk of having a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among older parents varies between mothers’ and fathers’ ages, and found that the risk of having a child with both ASD and intellectual disability is larger for older parents.

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  • Mobile REACH, the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute's mobile assessment and outreach van

    Drexel Revs Up Autism Efforts with a Custom-Outfitted Van for Outreach and Clinical Assessments

    PHILADELPHIA, April 21, 2014
    The A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University can’t contain its efforts within the walls of a building – so it is now hitting the road with a custom-outfitted van, called Mobile REACH, to extend autism outreach and clinical research activities into the community. Read More
  • ReMix Interactive

    Music-Driven Light Show Showcases Local Student Talent and a Smartphone App Created at Drexel

    PHILADELPHIA, April 21, 2014
    Remix Interactive, a live orchestral performance featuring digitally remixed music and a high-tech light show created and produced by some of Philadelphia’s most talented high school students, will take place as part of the Philadelphia Science Festival on Sunday, April 27. The event will be held at 1:30 p.m. at World Café Live (3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia). Read More
  • Philadelphia Style Icon Grace Kelly Gets a Close-Up at Drexel’s “Style Saturday”

    PHILADELPHIA, April 17, 2014
    Beloved Philadelphia native and fashion icon Grace Kelly’s star-powered style will captivate audiences once again on Mother’s Day weekend at Drexel University’s “Style Saturday” event, hosted by the recently renamed Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection. Read More
  • Dance as a Healing Art: Performance Pairs Drexel Dance Majors with Local Students with Cerebral Palsy

    PHILADELPHIA, April 15, 2014

    Haley Robinson has spent every Tuesday evening over the past six months dancing with William “Billy” Geilfuss. Although Billy isn’t able to say hello or wave to her – in the traditional sense – when she arrives, she can sense his excitement in the way his face lights up. Billy is a non-verbal high school student with cerebral palsy who was paired with Haley as part of a partnership between Drexel University’s dance program in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy in University City.

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  • In Child Custody Disputes, LGBT Parents Face Bias in the Courts, New Drexel Review Finds

    PHILADELPHIA, April 14, 2014
    Court decisions that favor a heterosexual parent over a gay or lesbian parent in a custody dispute often do not consider important social science research on parenting by gay and lesbian individuals, according to a new review from Drexel University. Read More
  • New iPad App Teaches Physics Concepts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    PHILADELPHIA, April 10, 2014
    “Physics at the Art Museum” is a new iPad app that teaches users about the physics behind art works in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The  mobile iPad app is now available for download, free of charge, from Apple’s App Store. It will also be available through the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s website, www.philamuseum.org. Read More
  • Jose Garces

    Chef Jose Garces Teams Up with Drexel to Offer Students Co-op Opportunities

    PHILADELPHIA, April 10, 2014
    If you want to eat at a great restaurant, you go to one owned by one of the nation’s leading chefs and restaurateurs, Chef Jose Garces. If you want to learn from one of the greats, you work at his company. Students in Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management now have that opportunity, thanks to a new partnership between the Center and Garces Group, the leading Philadelphia-based hospitality company, which will provide students with cooperative education opportunities. Read More
  • 3401 innovation hub

    Drexel and Science Center Announce New Collaborative Workspace is Now Accepting Applications

    PHILADELPHIA, April 9, 2014
    Philadelphia’s newest shared workspace, the Innovation Center @3401, is accepting applications from tech startups and individuals who need office space and can benefit from a collaborative atmosphere. Read More
  • Academy scientists and a Drexel student collect algae and examine the rocks and water depth in Manatawny Creek as part of the Delaware Watershed Conservation Program. Photo Credit: John Strickler/The Mercury

    Academy to Oversee Monitoring and Fieldwork for Multi-State Program to Protect Drinking Water

    PHILADELPHIA, April 3, 2014

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will coordinate and oversee ecological monitoring projects by more than 40 national and regional environmental organizations in eight designated geographic areas in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware. The $3.2 million grant also calls for the Academy to develop baseline water-quality data and to integrate its existing long-term watershed research and monitoring into new datasets and models aimed at targeting specific areas in the Delaware watershed for restoration and conservation.

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  • 2014 World Press Photo Exhibition Makes U.S. Debut at Drexel

    PHILADELPHIA, April 2, 2014

    An exhibition of 143 of the prize-winning photos from the 57th Annual World Press Photo competition, the world’s largest and most prestigious annual international press photography contest, will makes its U.S. debut at Drexel University from Wednesday, April 30 – Wednesday, May 21.

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  • Polar metal oxide

    Drexel Researchers Open Path to Finding Rare, Polarized Metals

    PHILADELPHIA, April 1, 2014
    Drexel University researchers are turning some of the basic tenets of chemistry and physics upside down to cut a trail toward the discovery of a new set of materials. They’re called “polar metals” and, according to many of the scientific principles that govern the behavior of atoms, they probably shouldn’t exist. Read More
  • Best-Selling “Zealot” Author Reza Aslan to Speak at Drexel May 7

    PHILADELPHIA, March 31, 2014

    Best-selling author and religion scholar Reza Aslan will join Drexel University on Wednesday, May 7, as the fourth lecturer in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Distinguished Lecture Series. Previous lecturers in the series include neuroscientist David Eagleman, acclaimed author Sir Salman Rushdie and media maven Arianna Huffington.

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  • “Health on the Go: the Law and Business of mHealth" will explore the fast-growing revolution in the delivery of health care

    “Health on the Go” Conference to Explore Impact of Mobile Health Apps

    PHILADELPHIA, March 26, 2014

    Health care is rapidly moving from the doctor’s office to the palm of the hand, with 500 million people expected to use mobile health apps by 2015. This shift creates tremendous opportunities and risks for entrepreneurs, providers, clinicians and patients. “Health on the Go: the Law and Business of mHealth,” a conference to be held at Drexel University’s School of Law (3320 Market St.) on Friday, April 4, will explore this fast-growing revolution in the delivery of health care.

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    Drexel Historic Costume Collection Receives $1 Million Gift from Robert and Penny Fox

    PHILADELPHIA, March 26, 2014

    Drexel University’s museum-quality collection of more than 12,000 garments, textiles and accessories has been renamed The Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection in recognition of a $1 million commitment from Robert (Hon. ’13) and Penny Fox (Hon.’13). A ribbon-cutting event and reception will take place in early May.

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  • Tianna, a participant in Witnesses to Hunger, reviews some of the program's accomplishments with her children at the program's five-year anniversary exhibit.

    “Witnesses to Hunger” Take on the War on Poverty with Capitol Hill Photo Exhibit and Conversations with Congress Members

    PHILADELPHIA, March 26, 2014

    “Witnesses to Hunger,” a groundbreaking project featuring the voices and photography of parents and caregivers who have experienced hunger and poverty first-hand, is returning to the nation’s capital on April 3 and 4.

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  • Carol R. Collier Joins Academy of Natural Sciences as Senior Advisor for Watershed Management and Policy

    PHILADELPHIA, March 25, 2014
    Carol R. Collier, an experienced leader in regional watershed management and planning, has joined the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University as its Senior Advisor for Watershed Management and Policy. Collier recently retired as Executive Director of the Delaware River Basin Commission, a position she held for more than 15 years. Read More
  • The two partial limb fossils from the ancient sea turtle <i>Atlantochelys mortoni</i> fit together perfectly, leaving little room for doubt that they are from the same bone. This discovery surprised paleontologists because the two halves were discovered at least 163 years apart, defying conventional wisdom that most fossils break down after weeks or months of surface exposure.

    Paleontologists Assemble Giant Turtle Bone from Fossil Discoveries Made Centuries Apart

    PHILADELPHIA, March 25, 2014
    To the surprise of paleontologists, two halves of a turtle bone fit together perfectly, like puzzle pieces. The discovery linked scientists from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and the New Jersey State Museum with their predecessors from the 19th century, while providing new insight into one of the largest turtle species that ever lived. Read More
  • A parking kiosk in University City, Philadelphia, is adjacent to bicycle racks, a bus stop and a subway station.

    Low Parking Costs May Encourage Automobile Use

    PHILADELPHIA, March 24, 2014
    The low cost of parking in many American cities may contribute to urban development that relies on automobile use and undercuts planners’ efforts to increase public transport, according to a new baseline study of comprehensive public parking costs led by the Drexel University School of Public Health. Read More
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    Artist Timmy Graham, “Father of The Fourth Dimension,” Opens Solo Exhibit at Drexel’s Pearlstein Gallery

    PHILADELPHIA, March 24, 2014

    Philadelphia-born artist Timmy Graham will have his first solo exhibition from Tuesday, April 1 – Sunday, April 20 at Drexel University. The exhibition, which is hosted by Drexel’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, will be on display in the URBN Center Annex’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert St.). The gallery is free and open to the public Tuesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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  • Neiman Marcus' Fashion Director Ken Downing Talks Spring Trends, Critiques Student Designs at Drexel

    PHILADELPHIA, March 19, 2014

    Fashion visionary Ken Downing, fashion director and senior vice president for American luxury department store Neiman Marcus, will join Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design on Friday, April 11, for a day of conversation about spring trends and the future of fashion. Downing received the second annual Westphal Award in 2013.

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  • Message from Drexel President to University Community on Death of a Student

    PHILADELPHIA, March 11, 2014
    An email was sent to Drexel Univeristy students, faculty and professional staff on the morning of March 11 about the death of student Stephanie Ross. Read More
  • Cira Tetris

    Professor's Towering Game of 'Tetris' to Link City For Philly Tech Week

    PHILADELPHIA , March 11, 2014

    In a follow-up to the world record-setting game of Pong that kicked off Philly Tech Week in historic fashion last year, Drexel’s Frank Lee, PhD, founder of Drexel’s Entrepreneurial Game Studio is planning an even bigger feat of video game hacking for the opening of this year’s celebration on April 4. A two-sided game of "Tetris," occupying more than 100,000 square feet of Brandywine Realty Trust’s 29-story Cira Centre, will give players a chance to square off from opposite sides of the city.

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  • Professor’s New Film on Black American WWII Soldiers Makes Philadelphia Debut at Drexel

    PHILADELPHIA, March 10, 2014

    During World War II, more than a million African Americans fought in a segregated and discriminatory U.S. military. A landmark new documentary, “Choc'late Soldiers from the USA,” produced by Drexel University writing professor Gregory Cooke, tells the compelling, previously untold story of 140,000 of these African American men and women who were stationed in Great Britain, and how they crossed a racial divide to forge an unexpected bond.

    The film will make its Philadelphia debut at Drexel on Tuesday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Mitchell Auditorium of the Bossone Research Center (3120 Market St.). A question-and-answer session and reception will follow the screening from 8 – 9 p.m.

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  • Exterior of Gerri C. LeBow Hall

    Financial Times Ranks LeBow College's Online MBA Among Top 15 in the World

    PHILADELPHIA, March 10, 2014
    Drexel University's Online MBA program in the LeBow College of Business has been ranked 14th best in the world by Financial Times; it is the only online MBA program in Pennsylvania to make the Top 15. Read More
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    Drexel Fraternity Brothers to Shave Heads for Children’s Cancer Research

    PHILADELPHIA, March 7, 2014

    Drexel University’s Sigma Phi Epsilon will host its biggest annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraising and head shaving event this year in the hopes of raising $55,000, more than any past event held by the fraternity, for children’s cancer research.

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    Freshmen Engineers Take Aim at Rube Goldberg Record to Kick Off Philadelphia Science Festival

    PHILADELPHIA, March 6, 2014
    A team of 45 Drexel University freshmen engineering students are creating a simple plan to break the world record for a most-elaborate machine. As part of the Philadelphia Science Festival, the students, with the support of The Franklin Institute, Dow Chemical and several local partner organizations are trying to take down a two-year-old Guinness World Record for the largest Rube Goldberg machine –a cartoonish device that uses multiple, often absurdly over-engineered reactions, to complete a simple task. Read More
  • Drexel Student Establishes Non-Profit to Educate Underprivileged Women and Children in India

    PHILADELPHIA , February 24, 2014

    During a trip to her parents’ homeland of India, Rina Patel witnessed the pain of a starving woman carrying her crying baby and the suffering of four orphaned siblings. This experience together with the stories she had been told about her own parents’ childhoods forever changed her life. A student in Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business, Patel wanted to help underprivileged women and children in India. For that reason she established Aahana, a non-profit organization that recently received 501(c)(3) status from the U.S. Government.

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    Drexel Opens Cybersecurity Institute

    PHILADELPHIA, February 24, 2014
    Pulling from its many resources in online data management and protection, Drexel University is opening a cybersecurity institute to address national cyber-based threats and prepare the next generation of cybersecurity leaders. The Drexel University Cybersecurity Institute, which occupies a 4,000 square-foot space on the third floor of the Science Center Building at 3401 Market St., will serve as a center for research, teaching and training; and a cybersecurity resource for industry, government and the military. Read More
  • Drexel’s 11th Street Health Center to Expand; Sheller Gift Supports Center's Mission to Meet the Future of Primary Health Care

    PHILADELPHIA, February 21, 2014
    Drexel University will begin a major expansion of its nurse-managed health center which is nationally recognized as a model of integrated care. With a new gift of $2.5 million from the Sheller Family Foundation, the center at 850 N. 11th Street will break ground for a new wing this spring, with the expanded building to be renamed the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center. Read More
  • “Museum Stories” at the Academy of Natural Sciences Offer Assistance to Visiting Children on the Autism Spectrum

    PHILADELPHIA, February 20, 2014

    As part of an initiative aimed at making a visit to the science museum as stress-free, fun and educational as possible for children on the autism spectrum, families and teachers now can access “museum stories” on the Academy’s website. The museum stories are a pre-visit tool to prepare children for what they might experience in the museum, where loud noises, unfamiliar sights, bright and dark rooms, and unpredictable live animals may cause discomfort and stress.

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  • Drexel Awarded $1.45 Million UTeach Grant to Recruit, Train New Teachers in STEM Disciplines

    PHILADELPHIA, February 17, 2014
    Drexel University has been selected to receive a $1.45 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative to replicate the UTeach program, a secondary STEM teacher preparation initiative that is helping address the nation’s STEM education crisis by producing qualified math and science teachers across the country. Read More
  • New Initiative Provides Pro-Bono Editing Services to Local Nonprofits

    PHILADELPHIA, February 12, 2014
    Drexel Edits, a new initiative launched by Lawrence Souder, PhD, an associate teaching professor in the Department of Culture and Communication at Drexel University, provides pro-bono editing services to area nonprofit organizations who need help with communications efforts that are essential to achieving their mission. Supported by the College of Arts and Sciences, Drexel Edits recruits volunteer editors from Drexel students, graduates and associates who want to give back to the community. Read More
  • Drexel's Mariana Chilton Appointed to National Commission on Hunger

    PHILADELPHIA, February 12, 2014

    Mariana Chilton, PhD, an associate professor in the School of Public Health, was appointed to the National Commission on Hunger. As  part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (H.R.3547), the 10-member commission focuses on developing new innovative methods to help solve the looming concern of hunger in the U.S.

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  • Explore Florals in Fashion at the Drexel Historic Costume Collection’s “Style Saturday” Event

    PHILADELPHIA, February 11, 2014

    Fashion journalists heralded the return of floral prints and motifs for spring 2014 – but did they ever really go away? From the rococo rose to the pop art daisy, floral motifs have been a perennial favorite. On March 8, Drexel University’s Historic Costume Collection, a treasure trove of textiles and garments spanning more than 200 years, is once again opening its doors to the public with “In Bloom: The Fashion for Florals,” the next installment in a series of quarterly events which include an educational seminar on a particular aspect of fashion history and a specialized viewing of the collection.

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  • Real Estate Investment Guru Ira M. Lubert Named Drexel’s Business Leader of the Year

    PHILADELPHIA, February 6, 2014
    Real estate investment guru Ira M. Lubert, co-founder of Independent Capital Partners, a family of private equity and real estate investment funds, is Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business’ 60th Business Leader of the Year. He will be honored at a luncheon attended by hundreds of Greater Philadelphia’s top executives on Feb. 27. Read More
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    How-to Meets High-Tech in Drexel Engineers' Award-Winning Graphic

    PHILADELPHIA, February 6, 2014
    The team of Drexel University engineers who came up with a way to knit an energy storage device have now been recognized by the National Science Foundation for their skill in showing how they did it. Read More
  • Flamenco Stars Israel and Pastora Galvan Perform at Drexel as Part of 2014 Philadelphia Flamenco Festival

    PHILADELPHIA, February 5, 2014
    Internationally renowned flamenco superstars Israel Galvan and Pastora Galvan will make their Philadelphia debut at Drexel University from Thursday – Sunday, March 13 – 16, as part of the 2014 Philadelphia Flamenco Festival. Read More
  • Drexel and Swim Pony Take Theater to the Streets with “Welcome to Campus”

    PHILADELPHIA, February 5, 2014

    Most college tours will show you the dorms, the dining hall, the library – but what if a tour could give you a glimpse of what college is really like? Of the excitement, heartbreak and soul-searching that actually goes on during those life-changing years? “Welcome to Campus: Not Your Ordinary College Tour,” a co-production by Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and Philadelphia’s avant-garde Swim Pony Performing Arts theater company, brings those highs and lows of young adulthood to life through an interactive theatrical tour experience.

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  • Drexel Professor Co-Writes Memoir of Grammy Award-Winning World Music Artist Angélique Kidjo

    PHILADELPHIA, January 28, 2014
    Hailed as “the undisputed queen of African music” (Daily Telegraph) and “Africa’s premier diva” (TIME), Angélique Kidjo is a Grammy Award-winning artist with a mission to unite different cultures through music, while raising global respect for her native continent. In her debut memoir, “SPIRIT RISING: My Life, My Music,” which was released by Harper Collins on Jan. 7, Kidjo shares the inspiring story of her journey from a little-known city in Benin, on the west coast of Africa, to international superstardom. The autobiography was co-written with Rachel Wenrick, an associate teaching professor of English in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences. Read More
  • Drexel Program Participant Tianna Gaines-Turner Gets a Seat at the State of the Union

    PHILADELPHIA, January 27, 2014

    Tianna Gaines-Turner, a low-income mother of three children from North Philadelphia, will attend the State of the Union address as a guest of Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey on Jan. 28, the Senator announced today. Her attendance marks a new achievement of a Drexel program raising the voices of families living in poverty to gain a place in the national conversation.

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  • Former Montgomery County Sheriff Eileen Behr Joins Drexel as Director of Police Operations

    PHILADELPHIA, January 23, 2014
    Former Montgomery County Sheriff Eileen Behr officially started her tenure on Jan. 7 as Drexel University’s director of Police Operations. Read More
  • Democratic Candidates Seeking Gubernatorial Nomination to Debate at Drexel University in May

    PHILADELPHIA, January 16, 2014

    The Democratic City Committee and Drexel University will host a debate among the democratic gubernatorial candidates vying for the chance to challenge incumbent Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett in the November election.

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  • Former MoMA, Bloomingdales Executive Bonnie Mackay to Discuss Diversity and Inclusion in Fashion Design

    PHILADELPHIA, January 16, 2014
    Bonnie Mackay, former marketing director at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and fashion director at Bloomingdales, will join Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. for a discussion about diversity and inclusion in fashion, product design and brand development. The presentation will be held in the URBN Annex Screening Room (3401 Filbert St.). It is free and open to the public. Read More
  • Innovative Partnership Brings a Drexel University Education to Montgomery County Community College

    PHILADELPHIA, January 14, 2014
    Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) and Drexel University (Drexel) have entered into a bold and innovative partnership that will build a pipeline of qualified graduates for high demand jobs in the region, especially in the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and health sciences, among others. Read More
  • Drexel Experts to Explore and Critique American Health Care at Book Event

    PHILADELPHIA, January 14, 2014
    President Obama’s historic health care law, the Affordable Care Act, went into effect on Jan. 1, dramatically altering the nation's health care landscape. Amidst the rollout of the embattled law, Drexel University’s School of Law will host a book signing and discussion with nationally known health law scholars Robert I. Field, PhD, and Barry R. Furrow. The event will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in the law school’s Room 140 (3320 Market St.). It is free and open to the public. 
    ***UPDATE: This event has been postponed due to inclement weather. It will now take place Thursday, Jan. 30 from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in Room 140. Read More
  • From Bullets to Ballet: Veteran Combat Photographer’s Dance Photos on Display at Lincoln Center Festival

    PHILADELPHIA, January 13, 2014

    After 30 years of filming and photographing the world’s most violent wars and conflicts, award-winning British combat photographer Sebastian Rich turned his lens to something more beautiful but no less powerful – the world of dance. From Sunday, Jan. 26 – Saturday, Feb. 8, an exhibit of Rich’s dance photographs will be on display as part of the 42nd annual Dance on Camera Film Festival, part of the Lincoln Center Film Festival. Following the Dance on Camera festival, “Bullets to Ballet” will come to Drexel’s URBN Center Lobby from Feb. 10 – Feb. 21.

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  • Fish Hips Grew Strong Before Life’s First Steps

    PHILADELPHIA, January 13, 2014
    The discovery of new fossil materials from the ancient fish species Tiktaalik roseae has revealed a key link in the evolution of hind limbs. The newly described, well-preserved pelves and partial pelvic fin from this 375 million-year-old transitional species between fish and the first legged animals, reveals that the evolution of hind legs actually began as enhanced hind fins, contrary to the existing theory that large hind legs developed after vertebrates transitioned to land. Read More
  • Obama Designates Philadelphia as A Promise Zone, Drexel Will Play a Key Role in the Education Effort

    PHILADELPHIA, January 9, 2014

    The City of Philadelphia was one of three cities and a total of five areas selected for a Promise Zone designation, a federal initiative to accelerate revitalization efforts in targeted areas. The Promise Zone initiative is led by the White House with support from federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice. 

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    Drexel Ventures Selects Inaugural Proof-of-Concept Projects

    PHILADELPHIA, January 9, 2014
    In its first round of proof-of-concept funding, Drexel Ventures -the University’s new technology accelerator and transfer enterprise- is supporting research that could lead to improved solar cells, new drug therapy for treatment of Parkinson’s Disease, safer chemicals for oil extraction and smarter software system monitoring. Investigators for each project will receive $100,000, from Drexel’s Innovation Fund to show that their research could lead to the creation of a commercially viable product. Read More
  • GPS Traffic Maps for Leatherback Turtles Show Hotspots to Prevent Accidental Fishing Deaths

    PHILADELPHIA, January 8, 2014
    The leatherback turtle in the Pacific Ocean is one of the most endangered animals in the world. Its population has declined by more than 90 percent since 1980. One of the greatest sources of mortality is industrial longlines that set thousands of hooks in the ocean to catch fish, but sometimes catch sea turtles as well. Using modern GPS technology, researchers are now able to predict where fisheries and turtles will interact and to reduce the unwanted capture of turtles by fishermen. Read More
  • Diners Beware: Drexel Study Finds an Entire Day’s Calories, Saturated Fat and Sodium in an Average Restaurant Meal

    PHILADELPHIA, January 8, 2014
    Consumers tend to think of sit-down restaurants as offering healthier options than fast-food venues but there is little evidence to support that idea. In a new study of nutritional values for menu items at sit-down chain restaurants in the Philadelphia region, Drexel researchers determined the healthfulness of food in various menu categories, including the restaurants’ “healthy choice” offerings. They report that an average restaurant meal is not very healthy at all. Read More
  • Raw to Refined: A New Art Exhibition Puts Unconventional Materials on Display at Drexel

    PHILADELPHIA, January 7, 2014

    “Raw to Refined: String, Tape, Sponges and Vinyl,” a new exhibition of artwork created with unconventional materials, will open at Drexel University’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert St.) on Tuesday, Jan. 14 and run through Friday, March 21. The gallery is free and open to the public Tuesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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  • Drexel Opens New App Development Lab with Gift from Bentley Systems

    PHILADELPHIA, January 7, 2014
    While many college students are attached to their smartphones, students at Drexel University are just as likely to be spending their screen time programming the next great app. Drexel students have already launched apps that help users explore museums, find scholarships or get involved on campus. Now, thanks to a generous gift from Bentley Systems, the University has established an Application Development Laboratory (APP Lab) that will provide a dedicated space for students across the university to meet with each other, faculty and external entrepreneurs to collaborate on designing and producing mobile applications. Read More
  • Worker Wasps Grow Visual Brains, Queens Stay in the Dark

    PHILADELPHIA, January 6, 2014
    A queen in a paperwasp colony largely stays in the dark. The worker wasps, who fly outside to seek food and building materials, see much more of the world around them. A new study led by Drexel professor Sean O'Donnell, PhD, indicates that the brain regions involved in sensory perception also develop differently in these castes, according to the different behavioral reliance on the senses. Read More
  • Drexel Statement on Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

    PHILADELPHIA, December 27, 2013

    Drexel University is committed to a spirit of free inquiry, and to the clash of ideas which represents true critical engagement. These ideas form the core of academic freedom. The recent action by the American Studies Association to boycott Israeli Universities threatens to undermine this core commitment and the collaborations and intellectual inquiry through which it operates. We oppose it in sprit and in practice and encourage our faculty to range freely in their scholarship and creative work. In particular, our long-standing commitment to working with colleagues and academic institutions in Israel remains important to us as a community of scholars and to those for whom this research may present life-saving solutions. Open discourse, intellectual skepticism, and deep engagement rather than exclusion remain the surest ways to advancing knowledge and understanding.

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  • Not Just the Koch Brothers: New Drexel Study Reveals Funders Behind the Climate Change Denial Effort

    PHILADELPHIA, December 20, 2013

    A new study conducted by Drexel University environmental sociologist Robert J. Brulle, PhD, exposes the organizational underpinnings and funding behind the powerful climate change countermovement. This study marks the first peer-reviewed, comprehensive analysis ever conducted of the sources of funding that maintain the denial effort. Through an analysis of the financial structure of the organizations that constitute the core of the countermovement and their sources of monetary support, Brulle found that, while the largest and most consistent funders behind the countermovement are a number of well-known conservative foundations, the majority of donations are “dark money,” or concealed funding.

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  • Drexel Hosts Philadelphia’s First-Ever Conference for Chefs, by Chefs

    PHILADELPHIA, December 18, 2013

    Drexel University’s new Center for Hospitality and Sport Management will host Philadelphia’s first-ever Philly Chef Conference, a conference for chefs, by chefs, on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 13 – 14. World-renowned chefs, restaurateurs and food writers from around the city, including such celebrity chefs as Michael Solomonov and Kevin Sbraga, as well as Drexel’s distinguished hospitality and culinary arts alumni Josh Lawler, Brett Taylor, Brian Lofink and Nick Macri will come together at Drexel’s Academic Bistro to discuss key issues facing the restaurant industry as well as new food trends, products and techniques. The two-day event is geared toward students and working professionals who aspire to own their own restaurant.

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  • How Can Businesses Help Young People Thrive? Drexel Partners with America’s Promise Alliance to Find Out

    PHILADELPHIA, December 17, 2013

    What if businesses could respond in real-time to schools’ needs for supplies, or offered extensive shadowing or internship programs to introduce students to career opportunities? To encourage greater impacts from collaboration between the business sector and local K-12 educational institutions, Drexel University’s School of Education partnered with America’s Promise Alliance to host the first-ever “Business-Community Innovation Lab” in Drexel’s Washington, D.C. office last month.

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  • A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment

    Drexel Opens A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment

    PHILADELPHIA, December 16, 2013
    Drexel University is opening a new research institute that will strive to answer some of the most challenging questions about energy and environmental sustainability facing the nation today. The A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment will look at the science, economics and politics that influence decisions about energy and the environment; and serve as a resource for decision makers both in the region and around the world. Read More
  • Drexel Surpasses $400 Million Fundraising Goal, Ends Campaign Early

    PHILADELPHIA, December 13, 2013
    Seven months before its scheduled closing date Drexel University President John A. Fry announced the conclusion of the University’s comprehensive fundraising campaign, “Dream It. Do It. Drexel. A Campaign for the Future.” The campaign’s public phase was launched in November 2011 with a goal of reaching $400 million and was expected to conclude in June 2014, but ended early with its goal already exceeded by $55 million. Read More
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    Drexel, University City Science Center and DreamIt Ventures Partner to Foster Innovation in Philadelphia

    PHILADELPHIA, December 11, 2013
    Drexel University, the University City Science Center and DreamIt Ventures are on a mission to support innovators and entrepreneurs in the Philadelphia region and have formed a strategic partnership that creates a hub for start-ups to test their wings and the capital that will support their continued growth. Read More
  • Drexel and CHOP Experts Team Up to Boost Pipeline of Medical Devices for Children

    PHILADELPHIA, December 10, 2013
    For medical devices, as with many medicines, the market for children is a small fraction of the adult market, and there are far fewer child-sized devices. But, of course, the need exists, even if proper devices may not. Read More
  • Derek Gillman Steps Down as Executive Director and President of The Barnes Foundation, Joins Drexel University

    PHILADELPHIA, December 4, 2013
    The Board of Trustees of the Barnes Foundation announced that Derek Gillman will be stepping down as executive director and president of the Barnes Foundation effective January 1, 2014, to become a distinguished visiting professor at Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. Read More
  • “Witnesses to Hunger” Program Marks Five-Year Anniversary with Photo Exhibit at Drexel

    PHILADELPHIA, December 3, 2013
    Since 2008, the “Witnesses to Hunger” program at the Drexel University School of Public Health has sought to bring the true experts -- those with first-hand experience -- into the conversation about hunger and poverty by equipping caregivers of young children with digital cameras to document hunger and poverty. Participants from the program's five sites will reunite at Drexel on Dec. 11 to celebrate and reflect on the program's achievements to date, and on the work still to be done to address endemic hunger and poverty in American communities. A photo exhibit will be open to the public for three days. Read More
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    Sustainable Engineering and Entrepreneurship for Development Lab Receives Gates Foundation Grant

    PHILADELPHIA, November 26, 2013

    A team of students from Drexel's College of Engineering, led by Alexander J. Moseson, PhD, an assistant teaching professor in the College and director of the Sustainable Engineering and Entrepreneurship for Development (SEED) Lab are among the latest recipients of a Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Grand Challenge Explorations initiative, which funds innovative global health and development research, will help the team continue its work to create transformative farming tools for female smallhold farmers in Thailand.

     

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  • Drexel Partners with Delaware County Community College to Establish Drexel@DCCC

    PHILADELPHIA, November 25, 2013
    A new innovative agreement between Delaware County Community College and Drexel University will establish Drexel@DCCC, a program that will allow students from the College to earn a degree from Drexel without ever leaving the College’s campus. Drexel President John A. Fry and College President Jerry Parker signed the agreement on Nov. 22 during a ceremony at Delaware County Community College’s Main Campus. Read More
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    Dragons to Face Top-Ranked Competition in NIT Season Tip-Off Semifinals at Madison Square Garden

    PHILADELPHIA, November 22, 2013
    Drexel’s men’s basketball team will take the court at Madison Square Garden over the holiday to compete against some of the top teams in the nation at the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament Season Tip-Off. The Dragons will face Arizona on Wednesday, Nov. 27 and will play either Duke or Alabama on Nov. 29. Both games will be aired on the ESPN family of networks. Read More
  • Cira Pong

    It's Official, 'Cira Pong' Recognized as Guinness World Record

    PHILADELPHIA, November 18, 2013
    The dream of Drexel associate professor Frank Lee, PhD, that came to fruition in the form of a 29-story video game –Pong- played on the north facade of Brandywine Realty Tust’s Cira Centre is now a world record. Guinness World Records officially recognized the event, which was held on April 19 and 24 as part of Philly Tech Week, as the “largest architectural videogame display.” Read More
  • Drexel Study: Diners Order Fewer Calories When the Menu Has Nutritional Labeling

    PHILADELPHIA, November 18, 2013
    An evaluation team led by the Drexel University School of Public Health has published a new study demonstrating that customers of full-service restaurants use nutritional labeling on menus to make healthier food choices. The customers who reported they used labels purchased 400 fewer calories (representing a relative difference of 20 percent), 370 milligrams less sodium and 10 grams less saturated fat than the overall average. Read More
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    Men's Soccer Tops William & Mary to Win CAA Championship

    PHILADELPHIA, November 17, 2013
    Drexel's men's soccer team used an early goal and a sterling defensive performance to bring home its first Colonial Athletic Association title with a 1-0 victory over William & Mary at Vidas Field. Freshman defender Jameson Detweiler's first-half goal proved to be the difference in the tightly contested match. Read More
  • Chef Kevin Sbraga Mentors Drexel Culinary Students and Alumni as they Create a Seasonal Four-Course Dinner

    PHILADELPHIA, November 15, 2013
    Behind every great chef is the mentor that helped him or her get there. At Drexel University, three alumni and one current student from Drexel’s Center for Hospitality & Sport Management (HSM) have the chance to be mentored by one of Philadelphia’s top chefs, Chef Kevin Sbraga. Read More
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    Men's Soccer Advances to CAA Title Game With Thrilling Win Over Delaware

    PHILADELPHIA, November 15, 2013

    With a dramatic victory over Delaware in the semifinals of the CAA Tournament Drexel’s men’s soccer team earned its first trip to the title game of the Colonial Athletic Association Championship. The Dragons will face William & Mary for the championship at 4 p.m. on Sunday at Vidas Field.

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  • A New Exhibition Designed by Drexel Students Takes Visitors Behind the Scenes of Pa Ballet’s Nutcracker

    PHILADELPHIA, November 12, 2013

    A new exhibition designed by Drexel University students takes visitors behind the curtain of one of Philadelphia’s most beloved holiday traditions, the Pennsylvania  Ballet’s annual presentation of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. On display from Nov. 14, – Jan. 31 in the Philadelphia History Museum’s Community History Gallery, Behind the Scenes of The Nutcracker tells the story of The Nutcracker’s 45 year history in Philadelphia.

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  • The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Drexel and Hebrew University Launch Research Consortium Initiative

    PHILADELPHIA, November 11, 2013
    The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia CEO Steven M. Altschuler, Drexel President John A. Fry and Hebrew University of Jerusalem President Menahem Ben-Sasson signed a research agreement today as part of Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s trade mission to Israel. The research partnership is designed to focus on pediatric translational research and to develop a collaborative platform for advancing pediatric medicine from the lab to the bedside. Read More
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    Men's Soccer Enters CAA Tournament This Week as Top Seed

    PHILADELPHIA, November 11, 2013
    Drexel’s men’s soccer team will vie for its first Colonial Athletic Association title this week as the top-seeded Dragons host the CAA Tournament at Vidas Field. Drexel will face its rival Delaware in the semifinals on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. Tickets for the tournament are free with a valid student ID.

     

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    Drexel and Penn Team Exploring New Paradigm For Solar Cell Construction

    PHILADELPHIA, November 11, 2013

    For solar panels, wringing every drop of energy from as many photons as possible is imperative.  This goal has sent chemistry, materials science and electronic engineering researchers on a quest to boost the energy-absorption efficiency of photovoltaic devices, but existing techniques are now running up against limits set by the laws of physics. 

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  • Drexel Auctions Off Once-in-a-Lifetime Experiences on eBay to Support the Westphal College

    PHILADELPHIA, November 8, 2013

    Five nights on a yacht in the Caribbean, a 2014 Subaru Forester, a tattoo design by ambigram artist John Langdon of "The Da Vinci Code" fame and lunch with "The Simpsons" writer Mike Reiss at the 20th Century FOX Studios in Los Angeles are just a few of the items up for auction at Drexel University’s first eBay fundraising auction.

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  • Drexel Students Create Gingerbread Mansion for Display at Liberty Place

    PHILADELPHIA, November 5, 2013
    From its gumdrop shingles to its lollipop lampposts, a gingerbread house created by three Drexel University students is among the frosted versions of historic Fairmount Park sites created by local chefs for the Third Annual Gingerbread House Display. The gingerbread models will be on display in The Rotunda at The Shops at Liberty Place (1625 Chestnut St.) from Nov. 4 – 15. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and press event will take place Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. Read More
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    Local Chefs and Culinary Students Prepare a Festive Five-Course Dinner for Friends of James Beard Benefit

    PHILADELPHIA, November 5, 2013

    Some of Philadelphia’s most talented young chefs – all alumni of Drexel University – will team up with current culinary students to create a festive five-course dinner for Philadelphia’s first-ever Friends of James Beard Benefit Event on Thursday, Nov. 14. Proceeds from the event will fund scholarships for students in Drexel’s Center for Hospitality & Sport Management with financial need.

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  • New Book on Racial Identity by Dr. Yaba Blay to be Released on Black Friday with Launch Party at the Painted Bride

    PHILADELPHIA, November 4, 2013
    On Black Friday, Nov. 29, a new book on racial identity by Drexel University’s Dr. Yaba Blay, one of today’s leading voices on colorism and global skin color politics, will be released from Blay’s recently launched independent press, Black Print Press. To celebrate the release, a launch party will take place at The Painted Bride Art Center (230 Vine St.) on Nov. 29 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. A concurrent photography exhibition is currently on display at The Painted Bride through Dec. 21. Read More
  • Only Three Weeks Remain to See U.S. Debut of Contemporary Artwork from China’s Top Academy

    PHILADELPHIA, November 4, 2013
    Only three weeks remain for visitors to see an exhibition of contemporary art by top graduates from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), China’s premier art academy, at Drexel University. The exhibition, hosted by the University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, will be on display at the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery in the URBN Center Annex (3401 Filbert St.) through Friday, Nov. 22. The gallery is free and open to the public Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Read More
  • Drexel and American Campus Break Ground on $170 Million Mixed-Use Development

    PHILADELPHIA, November 1, 2013
    Drexel University and American Campus Communities celebrated the next major residential and retail milestone in University City with a ceremonial groundbreaking on Friday, Nov. 1 for the $170 million, 24-story development on Lancaster Avenue and 34th Street. The development will be the largest project in both Drexel and American Campus history and will feature student housing, retail space and a dining center. American Campus representatives and University trustees joined Drexel President John A. Fry and the Drexel community for the groundbreaking. Read More
  • Cuisine From the Collections to Offer Tastes Inspired by Natural History

    PHILADELPHIA, October 31, 2013

    The second annual Cuisine From the Collections, an exciting twist on the ordinary cocktail party, will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. The event, a fundraiser for the museum’s research and collections, will feature foods—from the everyday to the exotic—inspired by the Academy’s collection of more than 18 million plant and animal specimens.

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  • Drexel to Host National Dialogue on 'The New American City'

    PHILADELPHIA, October 29, 2013

    What will cities look like in the future? Who will live in them? How will people travel between them? These are just some of the questions facing politicians, investors and innovators – people who have the power, motivation and vision to shape their answers. Hundreds of these visionaries and decision-makers will come together at Drexel University’s Behrakis Grand Hall on Nov. 13-14 to continue a dialogue about “the New American City.”

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  • New Book by Drexel’s Max Ray of The Math Forum Helps Students Become Powerful Problem Solvers

    PHILADELPHIA, October 28, 2013
    The Math Forum’s Max Ray will celebrate the release of his new book, Powerful Problem-Solving: Activities for Making Sense with the Mathematical Practices, with a national release event on Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Washington, D.C. The Math Forum @ Drexel is the leading online math education community, and is housed in Drexel University’s School of Education. Read More
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    Student Sitcom OFF CAMPUS Returns to CW Philly 57

    PHILADELPHIA, October 24, 2013
    Drexel University’s student-produced sitcom OFF CAMPUS will debut its fourth season on CW Philly 57 this weekend. The show, which was recently honored by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, will air the night of Saturday, Oct. 26 at midnight. Read More
  • New Environmental Research Consortium for Lacawac Sanctuary with Drexel and Academy of Natural Sciences

    HAWLEY, PA, October 24, 2013
    Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and Drexel University today announced an agreement to form an environmental research and education consortium at Lacawac Sanctuary, a popular National Natural Landmark and ecological field research station in the Pocono Mountains. Read More
  • Godzilla Opens at Drexel on Halloween Night, Free Admission for those in Costume

    PHILADELPHIA, October 23, 2013

    This Halloween night, the Drexel Co-op Theatre Company will open its version of Yasuhiko Ohashi’s Godzilla, a campy, comic romp with the Japanese cultural icon, at the URBN Center Annex’s Black Box Theater (3401 Filbert St.). On opening night, attendees who come dressed in costume will receive free admission. The person wearing the best/most creative costume (as judged by the Godzilla production/performance crew), will receive two free passes to the upcoming production of the musical The Apple Tree, running Nov. 21 – 24.

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  • Drexel Offers New Online Master’s Degree in Legal Studies, Concentrations in Health Care and NCAA Compliance

    PHILADELPHIA, October 22, 2013
    A new master of legal studies degree program offered by the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University through Drexel University Online will provide professionals with  knowledge and skills to address regulatory and ethical issues in compliance. The program offers opportunities for specialization in regulatory compliance in the delivery of health care and operation of NCAA approved athletics programs. Read More
  • Drexel Sport Management Student Union Hosts Sport for Social Change Conference

    PHILADELPHIA, October 22, 2013

    Drexel University’s Sport Management Student Union (SMTSU) will host its First Annual Sport for Social Change Conference on Friday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special guests will present on topics including the responsibilities of athletes to give back to the community and be role models; the role of sports in youth development; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) issues in sport; access to sport for disabled athletes; and safety issues in sport.

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    Drexel's College of Computing & Informatics to Offer Online Certificate in Cybersecurity, Law and Policy

    PHILADELPHIA, October 21, 2013
    Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics will offer a new, online certificate in cybersecurity, law and policy this fall as part of its professional development curriculum. The certificate will cover both the technical fundamentals of cybersecurity, as well as examining policy, cyber law and current issues, in a comprehensive three-course program offered through Drexel University Online. Read More
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    Men's Varsity Eight Takes First at Head of the Charles Regatta

    PHILADELPHIA, October 21, 2013

    Drexel continued its ascent to the upper ranks of collegiate rowing as the Dragons’ men’s varsity eight boat took first place at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. The men's eight, who played a role in Drexel's team championship at the Dad Vail Regatta this past spring, beat out 40 other teams in the largest head race of the fall rowing season.

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  • High School Students Join Youth Development Expert at Drexel to Debate College vs. Career Readiness

    PHILADELPHIA, October 17, 2013

    Four talented high school students from the Philadelphia Scholastic Debate League will debate the merits of college versus career readiness on Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., as part of the Critical Conversations in Urban Education lecture series hosted by Drexel University’s School of Education

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    Drexel Inks 10-Year Deal With US SQUASH to Host U.S. Open

    PHILADELPHIA, October 16, 2013
    The U.S. Open Squash Championships will have a home in Philadelphia for the next 10 years as the association signed a deal with Drexel University to continue hosting the tournament through 2023. Read More
  • Authors Toni Morrison and Rita Dove to Join Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez at Drexel

    PHILADELPHIA, October 15, 2013

    Sonia Sanchez will celebrate the end of her term as Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate with an inspirational night of personal stories, readings and live music at an event entitled “Conversation and Song: Walking the Laureate Road,” hosted by Drexel University and First Person Arts. Joined by her friends, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison and former Poet Laureate of the United States and Pulitzer Prize-winner Rita Dove, Sanchez will lead a conversation on what it means to be a literary luminary, the intersection of poetry and prose and how their work impacts their personal lives. Internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist and composer Ruth Naomi Floyd will perform throughout the evening.

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    Drexel President John Fry Elected Chairman of the Board of US SQUASH

    PHILADELPHIA, October 9, 2013
    The man who brought the U.S. Open Squash Championships to Drexel University three years ago will now serve as the leader of the sport’s national governing body. The Board of Directors of US Squash announced that it has elected Drexel President John A. Fry to serve as the 45th chairman in the association’s 109-year history. Read More
  • Imaging War: New Drexel Course Explores the Way War Has Been Portrayed Through Art and Media

    PHILADELPHIA, October 8, 2013
    From the Battle of Marathon in 490 B.C. through current-day wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, our view of war has been indelibly shaped by the images we see of the conflicts and their aftermath. A new fall course at Drexel University, entitled “Imaging War,” examines how the subject of war has been depicted in media ranging from photography to television to video games. Read More
  • Drexel Appoints Three New Members to Its Board of Trustees

    PHILADELPHIA, October 8, 2013

    Drexel University recently appointed three new members to its Board of Trustees. The new trustees are R. John Chapel, Jr., president and CEO of White Hall Capital, LLC, Richard C. Ill, chairman of the Triumph Group, and Robert F. Powelson, chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

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  • Drexel Scientist Studies Hurricane Sandy’s Impact on N.J. Coastal Wetlands, One Year Later

    PHILADELPHIA, October 7, 2013
    In a stroke of good luck, Drexel's Dr. Tracy Quirk captured detailed measurements of water level and salinity at a range of coastal wetland sites, even as they were overtaken by Hurricane Sandy. After the storm, she began working on an intensive year-long project, funded by the National Science Foundation, to evaluate ecosystem processes in New Jersey’s salt marshes before, during, and for a year following Hurricane Sandy. Quirk is beginning to analyze findings from the study now. Read More
  • Green Building Design Research Expert Dr. Ajla Aksamija to Speak at Drexel

    PHILADELPHIA, October 7, 2013

    Green building design research expert Dr. Ajla Aksamija will join Drexel University on Thursday, Oct. 24, for a lecture entitled “Interdisciplinary Research: Building, Technology and Environment.” Head of research for the Building Technology Laboratory (Tech Lab) at international design firm Perkins+Will, Aksamija will speak about her ongoing research in high-performance buildings, building systems, innovative design approaches and emerging building technologies.

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  • Drexel’s Treasure Trove of Historic Garments Opens to the Public for the First Time

    PHILADELPHIA, October 4, 2013

    A treasure trove of textiles and garments spanning more than 200 years – once one of Drexel University’s best kept secrets – is opening to the public for the first time. The Drexel Historic Costume Collection, which was previously open to the public by appointment only, is now launching quarterly, full-day “Fashion Fridays” events which will include an educational seminar on a particular aspect of fashion history and a specialized viewing of the collection.

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  • Drexel University’s New Gerri C. LeBow Hall Opens for Business

    PHILADELPHIA, October 2, 2013

    The future of business education is here. With a dedication ceremony on Oct. 3, Drexel University will officially mark the opening of the 12-story, 177,500-square-foot Gerri C. LeBow Hall—the new home of the University’s LeBow College of Business. Gov. Tom Corbett and benefactor Bennett S. LeBow will join Drexel President John A. Fry and LeBow College Interim Dean Frank Linnehan at 11 a.m. for the dedication of the new building at 32nd Market Streets.

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  • Drexel Study Shows Longline Fishery in Costa Rica Kills Thousands of Sea Turtles and Sharks

    PHILADELPHIA, October 2, 2013

    The second-most-common catch on Costa Rica’s longline fisheries in the last decade was not a commercial fish species. It was olive ridley sea turtles. These lines also caught more green turtles than most species of fish. These findings and more, reported in a new study in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, indicate that the Costa Rican longline fishery represents a major threat to the survival of eastern Pacific populations of sea turtles as well as sharks.

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  • Drexel Announces Launch of New Center for Hospitality and Sport Management

    PHILADELPHIA, October 1, 2013
    Drexel University announced the launch of the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, reporting directly to the provost. Formerly in the Goodwin College of Professional Studies, the freestanding Center will include programs in sport management, hospitality management, culinary arts and food science. It will be headed up by Dr. Jonathan Deutsch, who previously directed Drexel’s hospitality, culinary and food science programs. Read More
  • Drexel’s 11th Street Health Center Dedicates “A Healing Home” Mural in North Philadelphia

    PHILADELPHIA, October 1, 2013

    Some people may not consider painting a picture a traditional component of health care. To take that notion further, some may not consider murals an important part of a healthy community. But, despite those expectations, nearly thirty patients at 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University and many more members of their community have come together to help individuals be healthier and to make their communities stronger, through creating public art. They will dedicate and celebrate their artwork, entitled "A Healing Home," On October 16.

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  • Obamacare Will Open the Next Chapter of “Free-Market” Health Care, Not End It, Says New Book by Health Law Expert

    PHILADELPHIA, September 30, 2013
    The government cannot take over American health care because it has been running the system for decades, according to Drexel University’s Dr. Robert I. Field, a nationally recognized expert on health policy and public health. In a new book, he describes Obamacare as a natural next step in the country’s health care evolution rather than the government takeover that critics claim it to be. Read More
  • Drexel Hosts U.S. Debut of Contemporary Art Exhibition from China Central Academy of Fine Arts

    PHILADELPHIA, September 27, 2013
    An exhibition of contemporary art by top graduates from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), China’s premier art academy, will make its U.S. debut at Drexel University. The exhibition, hosted by the University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, will be on display at the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery in the URBN Center Annex (3401 Filbert St.) from Friday, Oct. 4 through Friday, Nov. 22. Read More
  • Mobile Tech and Talk Therapies Strike at the Moment Binge Eating Urges Do

    PHILADELPHIA, September 27, 2013

    Two new treatment methods under investigation at Drexel University aim to help people reduce binge-eating behavior. One is a smartphone app designed to alert peopleat times when they are at risk for binge behaviors, among a comprehensive suite of other features. Another treatment is a new, evidence-based approach to small-group behavioral therapy.

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    Drexel Researchers Uncover New Energy Storage Capabilities Between the Layers of Two-Dimensional Materials

    PHILADELPHIA, September 26, 2013
    Drexel University researchers are continuing to expand the capabilities and functionalities of a family of two-dimensional materials they discovered that are just a few atoms thick, but have the potential to store massive amounts of energy. Their latest achievement has pushed the materials storage capacities to new levels while also allowing for their use in flexible devices. Read More
  • African Dance Pioneer Dr. Kariamu Welsh to Demonstrate, Discuss Umfundalai Dance Technique at Drexel

    PHILADELPHIA, September 26, 2013

    Guggenheim Award-winning dance scholar and choreographer Dr. Kariamu Welsh, the creator of the African dance technique Umfundalai, will join Drexel University for a discussion and demonstration on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m.

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  • Drexel Smart House Team Advises on Sustainability for TEDxDrexelU Event

    PHILADELPHIA, September 24, 2013

    Students from Drexel University’s Drexel Smart House (DSH) team have been invited to serve as green consultants on the TEDxDrexelU event on October 5, in order to lessen the event’s environmental footprint.

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  • Past Weight Loss an Overlooked Factor in Disordered Eating

    PHILADELPHIA, September 24, 2013

    Due to a complex and vicious cycle of biological and behavioral factors, dieters and weight loss researchers know, the more weight you’ve lost, the harder it is to keep it off. But eating disorder research has largely overlooked this influence, and Dr. Michael Lowe, a professor of psychology at Drexel University, has published a flurry of research studies showing that needs to change.

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    Disarming HIV With a "Pop"

    PHILADELPHIA, September 19, 2013

    Pinning down an effective way to combat the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus, the viral precursor to AIDS, has long been a challenge for scientists and physicians, because the virus is an elusive one that mutates frequently and, as a result, quickly becomes immune to medication. A team of Drexel University researchers is trying to get one step ahead of the virus with a microbicide they’ve created that can trick HIV into “popping” itself into oblivion.

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  • Drexel University’s URBN Center Receives Prestigious AIA Design Honor

    PHILADELPHIA, September 18, 2013
    Drexel University’s URBN Center that opened its doors less than a year ago and houses programs for the University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design was recognized for its design excellence at the Maryland State Component of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Design Awards ceremony on Sept. 12. Read More
  • Drexel Collaborates with USC Shoah Foundation to Access Visual History Archive of Holocaust and Other Genocides

    PHILADELPHIA, September 12, 2013

    Drexel University is now the second collegiate site in Pennsylvania with access to the USC Shoah Foundation's entire Visual History Archive of nearly 52,000 testimonies of survivors and witnesses to the Holocaust and other genocides.

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  • Camden, N.J. “Witnesses to Hunger” Photo Exhibit Opens Lens on Hunger and Poverty

    PHILADELPHIA, September 11, 2013

    Through their desire for social change, ten women from Camden, N.J. have opened a lens on hunger, homelessness, health and a broad swath of issues related to poverty. Their photos and interview-based testimony, collected as part of the “Witnesses to Hunger” project based at the Center for Hunger-Free Communities at Drexel University School of Public Health, will be on public display in Camden for the first time this month.

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  • Dr. Ana Diez Roux Named Dean of the Drexel University School of Public Health

    PHILADELPHIA, September 10, 2013

    Dr. Ana V. Diez Roux has been named the new dean of the Drexel University School of Public Health. She will begin her term in February 2014. Diez Roux is a physician and epidemiologist known worldwide for seminal research on multilevel determinants of population health. Her work has had a major impact on public health research and practice.

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  • Bureau of Justice Assistance Announces New Awardees of Neighborhood Revitalization Grant at Drexel

    PHILADELPHIA, September 10, 2013

    The nation’s leading community development support organization, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), will host a meeting at Drexel University on September 11 and 12, during which the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance will announce the new class of awardees of its Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) grant.

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    Drexel Announces New College of Computing and Informatics

    PHILADELPHIA, September 9, 2013
    Drexel University President John A. Fry announced today that the University will create a new College of Computing and Informatics. The College will combine the strengths and assets of Drexel’s many existing undergraduate, graduate and professional computing and informatics programs. It will begin enrolling new students in the Fall of 2014. Read More
  • Franklin Institute President Dennis Wint Joins Drexel University’s Museum Leadership Faculty

    PHILADELPHIA, September 5, 2013
    A visionary leader in the museum world, Dr. Dennis M. Wint, president and chief executive officer of The Franklin Institute, will join the faculty of the new museum leadership graduate degree program launching this fall in Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of  Media Arts & Design. Read More
  • Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum Face Tough Prospects for Jobs and Independent Living

    PHILADELPHIA, September 4, 2013

    Two newly published studies show precisely how stark the challenge is for young adults on the autism spectrum to find their first jobs and take the first steps toward independent living. The researchers emphasize the need to strengthen services to help adolescents and young adults and their families with transition planning.

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    Looking Inside Vessels to Understand Blood's Ebb and Flow

    PHILADELPHIA, September 4, 2013

    Researchers have known for some time that the blood vessels that transport blood to and from tissues and organs in the body are more than just bodily pipelines. Arterioles and capillaries, the small vessels, actually play a key role in regulating the flow of the blood they’re carrying. Biomedical engineers at Drexel University, who study cardiovascular function, are creating a mathematical model that explains just how they do it.

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    Laser Spectroscopy Helping to Measure Progress in Nanotech Design

    PHILADELPHIA, September 3, 2013
    Engineers working in the nanoscale will have a new tool at their disposal thanks to an international group of researchers led by Drexel University’s College of Engineering. This innovative procedure could alleviate the persistent challenge of measuring key features of electron behavior while designing the ever-shrinking components that allow cell phones, laptops and tablets to get increasingly thinner and more energy efficient. Read More
  • Drexel University Announces New Head of Online Learning

    PHILADELPHIA, September 3, 2013

    Drexel University President John A. Fry announced today that Dr. Susan C. Aldridge, a senior fellow at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and former president of the University of Maryland University College, will join Drexel in the new position of senior vice president for Online Learning and president of Drexel e-Learning, effective Oct. 15.

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  • Drexel Players Present Parts: A Speed-Through as part of Philadelphia Fringe Festival

    PHILADELPHIA, September 3, 2013
    The Drexel Players return to the Philadelphia Fringe Festival from Sept. 6 – 14 with Parts: A Speed-Through, an immersive theater experience conceived, produced, written and performed entirely by Drexel University students and alumni. Parts: A Speed-Through takes an inside look at the relationships that young theater artists share as they produce a fictional theater show. Read More
  • Chestnut Square Expands Retail to Better Serve Area Residents

    PHILADELPHIA, August 30, 2013
    Drexel University and American Campus Communities, Inc. have added businesses to Chestnut Square’s retail space, the newest urban mixed-use housing, with the announcement of Yogorino, Plaza Art, and Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union in addition to Barnes and Noble and featured eateries coZara, Shake Shack®, Zavino and Joe Coffee. Read More
  • Drexel Students Write Memoirs for Local Hospice Patients

    PHILADELPHIA, August 20, 2013

    “A Beautiful Life” is a community-based learning course in the Department of English & Philosophy which pairs students with a patient in an area hospice or home to pen a “life journal” that will chronicle the patient’s life experiences for their family and loved ones. Taught by Kenneth Bingham, a teaching professor of English, the 11 students range in areas of study from biology to English, film, nursing and psychology.

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  • 11th Street Family Health Services Cooks Up A Recipe for Healthy Living with the Walmart Foundation

    PHILADELPHIA, August 20, 2013
    Nutrition and fitness opportunities at the 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University (11th Street) have never been better, thanks to a recent $100,000 contribution from the Walmart Foundation. The 11th Street community and Drexel marked their appreciation today by unveiling a special plaque dedicated to Walmart and inviting guests and patients to join a healthy cooking class. Read More
  • “Don’t Wash Your Chicken!” Video Vignettes Make Cooking Safer

    PHILADELPHIA, August 19, 2013
    Drexel University food safety researchers have helped develop a new educational campaign to raise awareness that washing raw poultry prior to cooking risks spreading bacteria, without any benefit of removing or killing them. The campaign is based on their research showing that washing chicken is one of the most common unsafe food handling practices in minority populations. Read More
  • Drexel Wins Big at Philadelphia Geek Awards

    PHILADELPHIA, August 19, 2013
    In a strong showing for some of Drexel University’s best and brightest, Dr. Frank Lee, an associate professor in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, and undergraduate digital media student Greg Lobanov were among the winners at the 2013 Philadelphia Geek Awards. Read More
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    Student-Designed Mobile App Helps Visitors Explore the Academy of Natural Sciences

    PHILADELPHIA, August 15, 2013

    Visitors at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University can now explore the museum right on their smartphone through a new interactive app called “ANS Explore!” The app, which was designed by students in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, takes visitors on a scavenger hunt, of sorts, where they can collect virtual badges and unlock educational facts while wandering the museum.

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  • Danielle Rice Joins Drexel as Inaugural Museum Leadership Program Director

    PHILADELPHIA, August 5, 2013
    Delaware Art Museum Executive Director Dr. Danielle Rice has been appointed director of the new museum leadership graduate degree program in Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, which will launch in September 2013. Read More
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    The Brain's GPS: Researchers Discover Human Neurons Linked to Navigation in Open Environments

    PHILADELPHIA, August 5, 2013
    Using direct human brain recordings, a research team from Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania, UCLA and Thomas Jefferson University has identified a new type of cell in the brain that helps people to keep track of their relative location while navigating an unfamiliar environment. Read More
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    Drexel Researchers Develop Therapeutic Ultrasound Technology For Healing Chronic Wounds

    PHILADELPHIA, August 1, 2013

    In hopes of helping patients suffering from extremely slow-healing injuries, called chronic wounds, researchers from Drexel’s School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems and College of Medicine are taking a new approach to using ultrasound as a healing tool. By dialing down the energy level on therapeutic ultrasound, similar to that used to treat athletes’ muscle and ligament injuries, the team is finding a solution that could give the body’s natural healing process a boost and could save patients a great deal of time, money and suffering.

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  • New Book by Dr. Yaba Blay Explores Racial Identity and Skin Color Politics

    PHILADELPHIA, July 31, 2013

    What does it mean to be Black? Is Blackness a matter of biology or consciousness? What determines who is Black and who is not? A new book by Dr. Yaba Blay, an assistant professor and co-director of the Africana Studies program in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences, seeks to challenge narrow perceptions of what Blackness is and what it looks like.  

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