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Recyclemania

RecycleMania 2018 Has Begun!

Drexel University is once again participating in the nationwide Recyclemania competition, which began this week.
smoke detector

A High(er)-Definition Nose — Drexel's MXene Material Could Improve Sensors That Sniff

Sensors that sniff out chemicals in the air to warn us about everything from fires to carbon monoxide to drunk drivers to explosive devices hidden in luggage have improved so much that they can even detect diseases on a person’s breath. Researchers from Drexel University and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have made a discovery that could make our best “chemical noses” even more sensitive.
hydrogen fuel

'Chemical Net' Could Be Key to Capturing Pure Hydrogen

Hydrogen is one of the most abundant elements on Earth and an exceptionally clean fuel source. While it is making its way into the fuel cells of electric cars, busses and heavy equipment, its widespread use is hampered by the expensive gas-separation process required to produce pure hydrogen. But that process could soon become more efficient and cost-effective thanks to a discovery by an international team of researchers, led in the U.S. by Drexel University. The group has uncovered exceptionally efficient gas separation properties in a nanomaterial called MXene that could be incorporated into the membranes used to purify hydrogen.
Apoica pallens clustering around their hive.

Little Wasp Bodies Means Little Wasp Brain Regions, Study Shows

A Drexel study looking at 19 species of paper wasps found that body size may lead to variation in the complex parts of their brains.
Brain

Can’t Switch Your Focus? Your Brain Might Not Be Wired for It

A new study from Drexel psychologists suggests that some brains are at a natural advantage to quickly switch their focus from one concept to another.
alchemy

Drexel and Chemical Heritage Foundation Mix Artifacts With Mobile Gaming to Create History of Alchemy Experience

The Chemical Heritage Foundation wants to set the record straight about alchemy. The medieval practice, often perceived as a dark art or pseudoscience, actually helped form the process of scientific experimentation and influenced our modern understanding of chemistry and medicine. On its quest to shed light on alchemy, the Foundation, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, has enlisted help from Gossamer Games, a game design startup in Drexel University’s Entrepreneurial Game Studio, and Frank Lee, PhD, director of the EGS, to create a mobile gaming experience about the “golden age of alchemy” using books, art and artifacts from CHF Museum’s alchemy collection. 
PrEP pills

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

If just a quarter of high-risk men who have sex with men were to use daily preventive medicine, the United States could surpass its goal of reducing new HIV infections by 25 percent.
A wide view of a Barnegat Bay salt marsh

Studies Show Barnegat Bay Salt Marshes Provide Millions of Dollars of Water Treatment for Free – For Now

A pair of studies led by Academy of Natural Sciences researchers show that salt marshes along New Jersey’s Barnegat Bay are invaluable for removing nutrients — but they’re threatened by climate change.
A microscopic image of Fragilaria amicorum.

Microscopic Algae Hold Key to New Jersey’s Nutrient Pollution Now and in the Past

An Academy of Natural Sciences-led study found that the presence of certain species of microscopic algae called diatoms can be reliable indicators of nitrogen pollutions in New Jersey’s bays.
Drexel faculty, panelists and Peace Corps representatives at the "Girl Rising" screening held on Drexel's University City Campus. From left to right: Kapil Dandekar, PhD, a professor in the College of Engineering; Chief Operating Officer for the Peace Corps Erin Gibbs; College of Engineering's Interim Dean Giuseppe Palmese; panelist Marie Chevrier, PhD; Sheila Crowley, Peace Corps CEO; College of Engineering Director of Graduate Programs Sherry Levin; Patrick McGettigan, a Peace Corps regional recruiter; and Mira Olson, an associate professor in the College of Engineering.

Drexel's College of Engineering Teams Up With The Peace Corps

Drexel University’s College of Engineering signed a partnership with the Peace Corps to establish the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, which offers financial assistance to returned Peace Corps Volunteers.
Kevin Sievers stands beneath the Academy's intimidating Tyrannosaurus rex.

Fossils Fuel This Student’s Attraction to the Academy

Kevin Sievers has been coming to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University since he was a little kid to learn about the ancient animal history on display. Now, as a Drexel student, he gets to work there.
Cooper

Historic Preservation Scholar and Museum Professional to Lead Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Scott Cooper, PhD, will become president and CEO of the Academy, succeeding George W. Gephart, Jr., who guided the nation’s oldest natural history museum through its historic affiliation with Drexel University.