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Research

Provost Brian Blake with honoree Alison Kenner.

Drexel Honors Outstanding Faculty Achievements at Year-End Awards

At the annual Faculty Recognition Awards Ceremony on May 24, Drexel acknowledged the faculty and staff members whose scholarship, service and teaching contribute so much to the University and its students.
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Merger Bonuses Important to Protecting Shareholder Wealth of Acquired Companies

Research consistently shows that when target CEOs receive extra benefits during mergers, takeover premiums are lower. According to Eliezer Fich, PhD, professor of finance in Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business, this is often interpreted as a conflict of interest: target CEOs sacrifice premiums for personal gain, facilitating a wealth transfer from target to acquirer shareholders.
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Drexel Researchers Help Provide First Glimpse at Organelles In Action

Researchers at Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development are getting a first glimpse at the inner-workings of live cells thanks to a new microscopy technique pioneered by Nobel laureate Eric Betzig with help from engineers at Drexel University. Their method uses grids of light that activate fluorescent color tags on each type of organelle — the result is a 3-D video that gives researchers their best look at how cells function. It will allow scientists to better understand how cells react to environmental stressors and respond to drug treatment. 
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Drexel’s WELL Center Seeks to Improve Eating Behaviors

A new research center opening in July at Drexel University is seeking to untangle Americans’ complicated, and often problematic, relationship with food.
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27 Percent of Adults with Autism Who Use State Disability Services Have No Work or Other Activities: National Autism Indicators Report 2017

In its latest annual report, the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute examined a survey of adults who use developmental disability services and found that a significant number with autism are not engaged in work or day activities outside the home.
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Study: Empowerment is Key to Better Performing Hospital Employees

For many patients, what helps make their hospital stay a much better experience is the help of a good health care provider at their bedside. But what helps these providers perform better? A recent study showed that feeling empowered goes a long way in dynamic settings like those of hospitals and empowerment can be promoted by creating an environment that encourages proactive behaviors directed toward prioritizing patient care.

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Common Artificial Sweetener Likely a Safe, Effective Birth Control, Pesticide for Insects, Drexel Study Finds

Erythritol, a non-nutritive sweetener found in products like Truvia, has proven effective in killing fly larvae and slowing down their egg production, making it a good candidate for human and pet-safe pesticide use.
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Urban Health Collaborative Develops New Health Profile of West Philadelphia Promise Zone

Examining data from a variety of sources to create a picture of health factors in the Promise Zone, the Urban Health Collaborative seeks to put information in the hands of those able to use it to work toward improving the neighborhoods’ health.
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A Recipe For Concrete That Can Withstand Road Salt Deterioration

Road salt, used in copious helpings each winter to protect them from ice and preserve safe driving conditions, is slowly degrading the concrete they’re made of. Engineers have known for some time that calcium chloride salt, commonly used as deicer, reacts with the calcium hydroxide in concrete to form a chemical byproduct that causes roadways to crumble. A civil engineer from Drexel University is working on a new recipe for concrete, using cast-off products from furnaces, that can hold its own against the forces of chemical erosion.
Felix Kim, College of Medicine

Invented at Drexel

Three biopharmaceutical startups led by Drexel University researchers are one step closer to bringing new, potentially life-saving drugs to the market.
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Most Home Kitchens in Philadelphia Study Would Earn Severe Code Violations

A pair of studies found that most of the home kitchens in Philadelphia that they examined would get critical code violations if they were judged by the same standards that we hold to the restaurants where we eat.
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Emerging Graduate Scholars Show Research at First-Ever Conference

Drexel University’s first-ever Drexel Emerging Graduate Scholars Conference was recently held to give graduate students a chance to share their interdisciplinary work and test out their presentation skills.