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Research

Dichty

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.
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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.
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Business Experts Say FedEx and UPS Fight Over NRA Won't Win Over Public

A panel of business experts say the latest fight between FedEx and UPS over their relationship with the National Rifle Association (NRA) won’t help either company win over the public. FedEx has stated it will keep its discount for NRA members, breaking with other companies who eliminated such discounts after the Parkland School shooting. While UPS has never had a discount for NRA members, the company has said it will continue delivering NRA products.

  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.
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Drexel to Establish NSF Plasma Research and Development Center with Michigan and George Washington

With support from the National Science Foundation, researchers from Drexel University, the University of Michigan and George Washington University will work with interested companies to uncover new ways to use high-pressure plasma technology. 
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Food Insecurity Screening Works. We Just Need to Fix Social Stigma and the Referral Process

Screening for food insecurity is effective, a Drexel study found, but red tape and fears of being declared unfit parents often keep help from coming.
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Plants Evolve Away from Obsolete Defenses When Attacked by Immune Herbivores, Study Shows

A new study shows that plants can evolve out of their obsolete defense mechanisms when facing an immune enemy, an illustration of the “defense de-escalation” evolution theory.
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Just Putting it Out There — How #MeToo, Awareness Months and Facebook Are Helping Us Heal

If we have learned anything on social media in 2017 it’s that everything isn’t okay. Far from it. But we are finally starting to talk about it — according to researchers at Drexel University who study our relationships with social network sites. Their latest work, an examination of how and why women decide to disclose pregnancy loss on Facebook, sheds light on a shift in our social media behavior that is making it easier for people to come forward and share their painful, personal and often stigmatized stories.
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A High(er)-Definition Nose — Drexel's MXene Material Could Improve Sensors That Sniff

Sensors that sniff out chemicals in the air to warn us about everything from fires to carbon monoxide to drunk drivers to explosive devices hidden in luggage have improved so much that they can even detect diseases on a person’s breath. Researchers from Drexel University and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have made a discovery that could make our best “chemical noses” even more sensitive.
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'Chemical Net' Could Be Key to Capturing Pure Hydrogen

Hydrogen is one of the most abundant elements on Earth and an exceptionally clean fuel source. While it is making its way into the fuel cells of electric cars, busses and heavy equipment, its widespread use is hampered by the expensive gas-separation process required to produce pure hydrogen. But that process could soon become more efficient and cost-effective thanks to a discovery by an international team of researchers, led in the U.S. by Drexel University. The group has uncovered exceptionally efficient gas separation properties in a nanomaterial called MXene that could be incorporated into the membranes used to purify hydrogen.
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To Improve Self-Control, Call Weight Loss What It Is: Difficult

Painting a realistic picture of the challenges of weight loss can lead to greater long-term outcomes, a new study from a Drexel psychologist shows.
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Trauma Support for Welfare Recipients Helps Them Earn More, Study Shows

Research shows that addressing Welfare recipients’ past and current trauma help them earn more at their jobs — providing hope for an exit from the program.