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Science & Technology

NICU baby

Identifying the 'Master Regulator' Involved in Infant Lung Damage

BPD is a chronic lung disease that affects up to 15,000 premature infants every year in the United States.
Drexel Integrated Science Building

Drexel Joins Regional Effort to Reduce Carbon Emissions by Making Buildings More Energy-Efficient

Through its Institute for Energy and the Environment and breadth of research in environmental science and engineering, Drexel University has a longstanding commitment to sustainability and environmental preservation. The University recently reaffirmed this commitment by joining a regional partnership of property owners, utilities and energy service companies, and community organizations in Philadelphia that have pledged to help reduce energy and water use and transportation emissions by 50 percent by the year 2030. 
Drexel medical students in the simulation lab.

An Online Resource for Professionalism in Medicine

Developed by Drexel faculty, ProfessionalFormation.org (PFO) is an online resource for professionalism learning, assessment, remediation and research in clinical education.

Drexel's new steel teaching tool.

Meet Drexel’s New 10-Foot-Tall Teaching Tool

The steel teaching sculpture installed outside the Bossone Research Enterprise Center contains all of the members and connections found on any steel building, giving engineering students a hands-on way to visualize what they learn in class.
A person being handcuffed

Violent Crime Increases During Warmer Weather, No Matter the Season, Study Finds

A study analyzing crime data in Philadelphia for 10 years found that rates of violent crime and disorderly conduct are higher when the weather is warmer and more pleasant, even rising sharply during warmer-than-typical winter days.
nanofibers

Drexel Researchers Make a Carbon Nanofiber Supercapacitor (Without The Flammable Ingredients)

A group of Drexel University researchers have created a fabric-like material electrode that could help make energy storage devices — batteries and supercapacitors — faster and less susceptible to leaks or disastrous meltdowns. Their design for a new supercapacitor, which looks something like a furry sponge infused with gelatin, offers a unique alternative to the flammable electrolyte solution that is a common component in these devices.
direct detection electron-loss spectroscopy

New Microscope Technology Gives Drexel Researchers a Detailed Look at Structure and Composition of Materials

At their core, electron microscopes work a lot like a movie projectors. A high-powered beam passes through a material and it projects something — usually something we really want to see — onto a screen on the other side. With most electron microscopes, however, capturing data is like trying to project a movie onto a dirty screen that is too small to see the whole projection. But a new camera technology, developed by researchers at Drexel University, is enabling the microscopes to present a clearer, more complete and detailed look at their featured presentation.
packed subway

Just Squeeze In — Drexel Researchers Discover When Spaces Are Tight, Nature Loosens Its Laws

It turns out that when they’re in a hurry and space is limited, ions, like people, will find a way to cram in — even if that means defying nature’s norms. Recently published research from an international team of scientists, including Drexel University’s Yury Gogotsi, PhD, shows that the charged particles will actually forgo their “opposites attract” behavior, called Coulombic ordering, when confined in the tiny pores of a nanomaterial. This discovery could be a pivotal development for energy storage, water treatment and alternative energy production technologies, which all involve ions packing into nanoporous materials. 

Zak Brodnik in the lab

Zak Brodnik Wants to Change How You Think About Addiction

As a doctoral candidate in neuroscience in the Drexel University College of Medicine, Zak Brodnik’s work focuses on the biology underlying drug-use disorders, and he has a message he wants to deliver alongside his research.
road melting

Wax On, Melt Off — Researchers Find Adding Paraffin to Concrete Can Help Roads Clear Themselves in The Winter

Drexel University researchers have made a discovery that could help roads keep themselves free of ice and snow during winter storms. Their secret? — Adding a little paraffin wax to the road’s concrete mix.

B-cell Atlas

Charting Defender Cells in the Body

Researchers in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems have helped to create the first “anatomic atlas” of B-cell clone lineages, their properties and tissue connections.
Drexel researcher Helen Murray

A PhD Student’s Quest to Better Treat Food-Related Disorders

Helen Murray, a third-year doctoral candidate in clinical psychology, is determined to improve the detection and treatment of eating, feeding and gastrointestinal disorders, and she’s using her research at Drexel to make it happen.