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From left to right: Elisabeth Van Bockstaele, PhD, who was recently appointed vice provost for graduate education; Koren A. Bedeau, PhD, who will serve as interim vice provost for global engagement; and Shivanthi Annandan, PhD, who will serve as interim vice provost for undergraduate education.

Graduate College, Global Initiatives, Undergraduate Education Moves Announced

Drexel University's Provost announced updates on leadership positions in the Graduate College, Office of International Programs and on his staff.
An X-ray view of the heads of a worker and a soldier ant and the brains inside their head. The worker is much smaller with the brain filling more of its head.

You Have One Job: Compared to Multi-Tasking Workers, Soldier Ant Brains Small

A Drexel University study found that ant colonies evolved to spend less energy on developing the brains of soldier ants, who have relatively simple jobs, compared to multi-tasking workers.
Students in BIO 213

Biology Class Builds Research Skills, Autonomy in Underclassmen

Freshmen and sophomore biology students at Drexel can take the elective BIO 213, which introduces them to independent, novel research and a hands-on learning opportunity working with fruit flies.

The new Frozen Horchata from Saxbys was created for Drexel's Class of 2018 and will be available at the two Saxbys locations on the University City Campus. Photo courtesy Saxbys.

Saxbys Creates One-of-a-Kind Drink for Drexel Seniors

In honor of the Drexel University Class of 2018’s upcoming graduation, Saxbys designed a special iced beverage for the graduating seniors.
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What Can Snakes Teach Us About Engineering Friction?

If you want to know how to make a sneaker with better traction in the rain, just ask a snake. That’s the theory driving the research of

Hisham Abdel-Aal, PhD, an associate teaching professor in Drexel University’s College of Engineering who is studying snake skin to help engineers improve the design of textured surfaces, such as engine cylinder liners, prosthetic joints — and yes, maybe even footwear.

A fruit fly standing on a plant's leaf.

Restoring Epigenetic Balance Reinstates Memory in Flies With Alzheimer's Disease Symptoms

A study from Drexel University showed that restoring a balance between two epigenetic regulator enzymes restored learning and memory function in flies that displayed symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.
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How a Group of Honors Students Wrote for Drexel Publications — For a Class

Last term, a class of students in the Pennoni Honors College learned about the inner workings of three different Drexel University publications — and got to contribute to them.
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The Good, The Bad and The Dicty

The entirely student-driven research course called “Dictyostelium” allows Drexel students to participate and contribute to actual research that will be published without the usual brisk time constraints of a research lab.
It's hard to contain the excitement over Homecoming! Photo by Derik Hamilton.

7 Very Subtle Ways to Show Your Drexel Pride

Having school pride is hard when you’re trying to keep it together in a fast-paced quarter system. One Drexel student came up with a few clever ways to show Drexel pride without standing out too much.
A turtle ant on a branch with another type of smaller bug

Without 46 Million Year-Old Bacteria, Turtle Ants Would Need More Bite And Less Armor

Socially transmitted, nitrogen-providing microbes have opened a new ecological frontier for herbivorous turtle ants.
  Back row, left to right: Dean Cohen, Amy Gottsegen, Kelly Weissberger (Associate Director, CSD), Ashleigh Jugan, Nicholas Barber, Vincent O’Leary, Provost Blake, Riki McDaniel, Ian Nichols, Caitlin Walczyk, Sam Buczek, Meredith Wooten (Director, CSD), Dean Van Bockstaele, Martha Meiers (Program Coordinator, CSD). Front row, left to right: Caitlin Cooper, Ana Monastero, Jacob Baron, Dylan O’Donoghue, Marina D’souza, Gabrielle Salib, Emily Coyle (Fellowships Advisor, CSD). Photo credit Jordan Stein.

Meet the Drexel Dragons up for the Biggest Awards This Year

Drexel University’s Center for Scholar Development recently hosted an event to recognize the hard work and initiative taken by those students who applied for major fellowships this year.
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.