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If Sitting Is The New Smoking, Should Employers Be Held Liable?

Doctors have warned us for years about the health risks associated with sitting too much. Researchers have linked sitting for long periods of time to a number of health issues, including increased high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat and cholesterol. They also warn that prolonged sitting increases the risk of cardiovascular problems and cancer. What does this mean for organizations whose employees end up sitting for at least eight hours a day? Should they be held liable for harms caused to employees in sedentary workplaces?

Genevieve Dion Tom Wolf

Drexel to Host Pennsylvania's Center For Advanced Fabric Manufacturing Innovation

The Department of Defense’s effort to bring America to the forefront of textile technology manufacturing and innovation is gaining a strategic foothold in the region. Drexel University, in collaboration with DoD-supported Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), is establishing a statewide center that will help companies, entrepreneurs and innovators take their advanced-textile concepts from prototype to product and prepare America’s workforce for the quality jobs this growing sector is generating. Called the “Pennsylvania Fabric Discovery Center,” this statewide resource is the first hub located outside of AFFOA’s home state of Massachusetts. It will be part of a national network intended to lower the barrier to commercialization for functional fabrics, resulting in advanced textiles that do things like see, hear, sense, communicate, generate and store energy. 
Drexel students celebrating the launch of the University's new fundraising campaign

7 Reasons to Cheer for Drexel's New Fundraising Campaign

The new fundraising campaign is designed to benefit current and future Drexel students alike, providing funding for everything from scholarships to study abroad.
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Academy of Natural Sciences Scan Reveals the Bones of Satan…Fish

A fish named after the devil because of its underground home was scanned by scientists at the Academy of Natural Sciences and the University of Texas in the hopes of understanding how it’s related to other catfish.
School of Education PhD student Leona Donaldson

A PhD Student Giving Voice to the Voiceless in a Push for Gender Equity

Leona Donaldson left Japan’s patriarchal society only to encounter sexism, racism and discrimination in America. At Drexel, she’s studying gender imbalance in STEM occupations to do her part in pushing back. 
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Identifying the 'Master Regulator' Involved in Infant Lung Damage

BPD is a chronic lung disease that affects up to 15,000 premature infants every year in the United States.
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Multivitamin Use During Pregnancy Linked to Lower Risk of Autism With Intellectual Disability

Taking a multivitamin during pregnancy was linked to a 30 percent decrease in risk of a child developing autism with an intellectual disorder, according to a new Drexel University study.
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Drexel Study: Women Firefighters Can Improve Safety, But Fire Department Culture Must Change

A new study by Drexel’s Center for Firefighter Injury Research & Safety Trends discerned that gender may be a unique contributor to safety, but hypermasculine fire service culture creates barriers.
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Drexel Receives $1.5 Million FEMA Grant to Study Stress and Violent Injuries in Fire Departments’ EMS Workers

Drexel University’s Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends (FIRST) team will lead a study that was funded for $1.5 million to create a data system and standardized checklist for injuries and stress suffered by EMS workers in fire departments.
Drexel's new steel teaching tool.

Meet Drexel’s New 10-Foot-Tall Teaching Tool

The steel teaching sculpture installed outside the Bossone Research Enterprise Center contains all of the members and connections found on any steel building, giving engineering students a hands-on way to visualize what they learn in class.
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Violent Crime Increases During Warmer Weather, No Matter the Season, Study Finds

A study analyzing crime data in Philadelphia for 10 years found that rates of violent crime and disorderly conduct are higher when the weather is warmer and more pleasant, even rising sharply during warmer-than-typical winter days.
Drexel University President John Fry speaks at Drexel's 2017 Convocation.

Drexel Celebrates Convocation With an Eye on the Power of Truth

Drexel University kicked off the new academic year with attention paid to the critical role of a higher-education institution in challenging times.