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Milken Institute Ranks Drexel University in Top 20 for Tech Transfer

The Milken Institute, an independent economic think tank, recently released a ranking of schools based on their technology commercialization. Drexel University was ranked 46th out of 225 universities across the country.
Petri dish with yeast colonies that survived DNA breakage by Rad52-guided inverse RNA strand exchange (Credit: Georgia Tech)

Repairing Broken DNA

A College of Medicine study reveals an unexpected function of the homologous recombination protein Rad52 and may help to identify new therapeutic targets for cancer.
Gulf War

Searching for Clues to Treat Gulf War Illness

Scientists shed light on the neurological consequences of exposure to low-levels of nerve agents and suggest a drug that could treat some of the toxins’ neurological effects.
Members of Drexel's Black Graduate Student Union

Graduate College Shines a Light on Outstanding Student Achievements

At this year’s Graduate Student Day, the Graduate College and the Graduate Student Association joined together to honor the work done by Drexel students in the classroom and in the community.
Katie Van Aken

A Drexel University PhD Reflects on Five Years in the Lab and on the Board

Katie Van Aken, vice president of the Graduate Student Association, turned her dissertation defense into a celebration earlier this month, and she’s currently preparing to speak at the biggest one of all for students — commencement. 
A woman walking on a sidewalk in front of a brick wall.

People Walking to Work or an Errand More Likely to Stroll into Dangerous Areas, Study Says

Pedestrians with a purpose, such as going to work or a store, were more likely to walk in areas with a higher risk of being hit by a car, compared to walkers on recreational strolls, a new study has found.
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.
3D cell organelles

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. 
Salad

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.
Cover photo for the National Autism Indicators Report 2017: Developmental Disability Services and Outcomes in Adulthood

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.
Team of nurses and doctors in a hospital setting

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.