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Drexel Faculty Experts Explain How to Survive and Thrive During The Holidays

It’s that time of year again. The physical, emotional, financial and gastrointestinal strains posed by the holiday season can make it feel like more of a slog than a restorative hiatus. So, as an early gift from the Drexel media relations team, we’ve sifted through the University’s stable of experts to find those best suited to provide some advice on how to make this season a joyous one. 

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Urban Climate Change Research Hub Opens at Drexel

In the battle to adapt to and mitigate climate change caused by humans, most environmental engineers and climate scientists agree that cities are the front line. Due to the sheer density of their population, and the quantity of resources they consume, cities have the potential to most quickly and significantly affect—and be affected by—climate risks. They also have the ability to integrate climate resiliency into their plans for the future, according to environmental engineering professor Franco Montalto, PhD, who will direct a network of North American climate change researchers concerting their efforts via a new hub at Drexel University. 
James Herbert

Q&A With Graduate College Dean and Executive Vice Provost James Herbert

You might call the one-year anniversary of Drexel’s Graduate College “the great rollout.” For the past year, with inaugural Dean and Executive Vice Provost James Herbert, PhD, leading the way, the college has moved into its new home and set in place a long list of initiatives. Now it’s time to mobilize.

"How Fast Can You Run?"

Drexel Professor Writes the Incredible True Story of the Life of a Sudanese Refugee

Drexel professor Harriet Levin Millan wrote about the incredible journey of a Sudanese refugee in a book that was made possible through a chance encounter in her creative writing class seven years ago.
Fossils discovered from the B. rex around a drawing of what the fish's head looked like.

A New ‘King’ — New, Gigantic, Ancient Armored Fish Discovered

In the Arctic, a team that included scientists from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University found fossils of a giant new species of extinct armored fish that they named Bothriolepis rex — the new king of Bothriolepis.
Zora Neale Hurston in 1936, the year she published "Their Eyes Were Watching God."

Drexel’s Writers Room Kicks Off ‘NEA Big Read’ With Drummers, Dance and a Poetry Slam

Having received an “NEA Big Read” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Drexel’s Writers Room will honor novelist Zora Neale Hurston.
Interior of Main Building.

Public Lecture Series Launched to Celebrate Drexel’s 125 Years

This fall, Drexel will hold a series of free lectures dedicated to telling certain chapters of Drexel’s history.
An artist's depiction of what the Strud nursery ecosystem may have looked like, including the three different placoderm species discovered at the site and the likely plant-life there. Image by Justine Jacquot-Hameon/PLOS-One.

‘Nursery’ Discovered in Belgium Provides Insight into Prehistoric Fish Life

The discovery of a group of young, prehistoric fish fossils provides some insights into the extinct creatures’ lives — and how fish today might be similar to them.
Scott Knowles, PhD, department head and associate professor in the Department of History.

Q&A: Scott Knowles on Why He Created Two History Courses to Engage All Students in Current Events

Scott Knowles, PhD, associate professor and head of the History Department, will teach two courses this fall about important current events on campus and across the country.

Senior Vice Provost for Research Aleister Saunders.

Q&A With Senior Vice Provost for Research Aleister Saunders

University research typically is a fairly insular endeavor, played out at the department level with little cross-pollination among the various disciplines. Senior Vice Provost for Research Aleister Saunders is trying to widen that view. He has been advocating a university-wide approach to research, looking for those areas where Drexel can support and encourage investigations that cut across departments and disciplines.
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Making a Solar Energy Conversion Breakthrough With Help From a Ferroelectrics Pioneer

Designers of solar cells may soon be setting their sights higher, as a discovery by a team of researchers has revealed a class of materials that could be better at converting sunlight into energy than those currently being used in solar arrays. Their research shows how a material can be used to extract power from a small portion of the sunlight spectrum with a conversion efficiency that is above its theoretical maximum — a value called the Shockley-Queisser limit. This finding, which could lead to more power-efficient solar cells, was seeded in a near-half-century old discovery by Russian physicist Vladimir M. Fridkin, PhD, a visiting professor of physics at Drexel University, who is also known as one of the innovators behind the photocopier. 
Caitlin Walczyk will be the first Drexel student to receive a scholarship or fellowship to study in Kazakhstan.

Drexel Sends First Dragon to Kazakhstan

Caitlin Walczyk will be the first Drexel student to receive a scholarship or fellowship to study in Kazakhstan when she spends a year studying Russian in the country as a Boren Awards honoree.