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Science & Technology

View of the Micromyzon orinoco specimen from above.

Almost 4 Decades Later, Mini Eyeless Catfish Gets a Name

Discovered in a 1978–79 expedition, a pale, eyeless catfish that doesn’t even measure an inch long is now known as Micromyzon orinoco, for the South American river in which it was discovered.
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Unfiltered: Instagram Has Become a Haven For People Making Sensitive and Stigmatized Self-Disclosures

Depression has a way of silencing its sufferers. Even in today’s technology-connected society, people are hesitant to talk about their painful experiences and suffering for fear of being stigmatized. Though this has been the unfortunate norm for quite some time, new research from Drexel University is steadily uncovering the areas of social network sites where the sufferers are finding solace. In their latest finding Andrea Forte, PhD, an associate professor, and Nazanin Andalibi, a doctoral candidate in Drexel’s College of Computing & Informatics who study how people interact on social media, have observed that one way people in pain are overcoming silence is by using Instagram — and recruiting pictures to help them explain the feelings and experiences that are often too painful or complicated to put into words. 
Peter DeCarlo, PhD, speaks about climate change at a panel discussion.

At Climate Change Panel, Drexel Faculty Urges Action

Global warming requires an immediate and aggressive response around the globe, but it’s unclear whether the United States will participate under the new administration, according to a discussion led by Drexel professors. 
Vincent O'Leary on the Schuylkill River as part of the "Project Footpath" course.

In the Classroom and on the River Banks, Passing on a Love for Science

Vincent O’Leary is using his time at Drexel to get others interested in science, whether that means teaching elementary school students about physics or helping launch a class to explore urban ecology and environmental science.
Marcellus Shale gas tower

Methane Levels Have Increased in Marcellus Shale Region Despite a Dip in Well Installation

Despite a slow down in the number of new natural gas wells in the Marcellus Shale region of Northeast Pennsylvania, new research led by Drexel University finds that atmospheric methane levels in the area are still increasing. Measurements of methane and other air pollutants taken three years apart in the rural areas of Pennsylvania that have been the target of natural gas development over the last decade, revealed a substantial increase from 2012 to 2015.
Dalton George presents findings from the global climate change conference.

Climate Change Workshop Tackles Solutions to a Global Problem

The students and faculty who attended COP22 spoke to an audience eager for an update on the international efforts to address the damage humans are doing to the environment.

Yi Deng

Q&A With College of Computing & Informatics Dean Yi Deng

The College of Computing & Informatics has found a new leader in Dean Yi Deng, PhD. He’s only been on campus for a short while, but he’s brimming with ideas about how to grow the college and its impact on the University.
Students participate in a demonstration during last year's Philly Materials Day.

At Philly Materials Day, Drexel Aims to Inspire

The seventh annual event, set for Feb. 4 in the Bossone Research Enterprise Center, will offer visitors hands-on demonstrations and workshops to stimulate curiosity about materials science and engineering.
John Maeda, former president of the Rhode Island School of Design

Drexel’s Learning Innovation Program Launches With Speaker Series

The University’s new initiative aims to find the technologies and methods fueling creative approaches to education. It will feature a series of conversations on learning, a national survey of innovative spaces and pilot programs to put ideas into practice.
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Could Low-Flow Create High Risk? EPA Taps Drexel to Study Water Quality Impact of Conservation Practices

As public awareness of the need for water conservation, and new water-saving technology, have become increasingly effective at stemming excess water use, new questions are surfacing about how our plumbing, which was built to handle a regular flow of water, might now be a risk factor for bacterial and chemical contamination. In hopes of preventing future public health crises related to the systems that carry and treat our water, the Environmental Protection Agency is tasking a team of researchers, led by Drexel University, with a $2 million project to bring together existing and new experimental data on building plumbing—the stretch of pipes that takes water from main to tap—into a risk assessment tool that can guide new water use and safety regulations.  
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Drexel Team Eyes Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

Drexel University is preparing to field its first intercollegiate team in cybersecurity. A dozen students have been in training since the summer, coached by professionals from Susquehanna International Group, LLC, to ready themselves for the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition—a national contest that pits students against hackers and a variety of digital dilemmas they might face in the cybersecurity field. Drexel and SIG are partnering to enter a team in the competition for the first time. 

Drexel Revives Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Set for April

The Emerging Graduate Scholars Conference will give students a chance to present their research, discover opportunities for collaboration and sharpen their skills for future national and international conferences.