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  • December

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  • November

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    • Drexel Materials Scientists Aid Australian Institution in Developing Super-Absorbent Material That Can Soak Up Oil Spills

      11/30/2015 2:48:03 PM

      In hopes of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, Materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in oils and organic solvents—a trait that could make it an important technology for quickly mitigating these costly accidents. 

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    • Drexel Culinary Students Team Up with the Curtis Institute of Music to Offer International Evening of Music and Food

      11/30/2015 10:04:30 AM

      Two of the most anticipated heralds of the holiday season – music and food – will come together at a special community dinner at the Drexel University’s Dana and David Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships (35th and Spring Garden Streets) on Tuesday, Dec.1 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. The internationally-themed dinner will include food stations featuring Chinese, Russian and Spanish cuisine prepared by culinary students from Drexel’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, complemented by music from those regions performed by students from the Curtis Institute of Music. One of the Dornsife Center’s monthly community dinners, this event will be free and open to residents of Mantua and Powelton and members of the Drexel community.

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    • A Dimetrodon By Any Other Name

      11/23/2015 3:54:00 PM

      A unique fossil in the Academy of Natural Science of Drexel University’s collection continues to fuel important paleontological discoveries more than a century after it came into to the museum.

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    • Turning the Tables on Terry Gross

      11/23/2015 9:07:18 AM

      Terry Gross is currently celebrating 40 years as the award-winning host of National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air,” which boasts nearly 5 million listeners each week across more than 450 NPR stations. The show also has a massively popular podcast. Gross is widely considered one of the country’s leading and most important interviewers, but earlier this month, the legendary interviewer became the interviewee.

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    • Drexel and American Campus Communities Partnership Yields Numerous Honors for Chestnut Square

      11/20/2015 3:51:19 PM

      American Campus Communities, Inc. (NYSE:ACC), the largest owner, manager and developer of high-quality student housing properties in the U.S., was recently presented with two awards from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) for Chestnut Square, its mixed-use student housing development located on Drexel’s campus. 

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    • Ben Franklin Technology Partners Joins ic@3401 and Drexel to Boost Startup Resources in University City

      11/19/2015 4:11:57 PM

      A number of developments in University City’s startup ecosystem are aligning—all to the benefit of Philadelphia’s burgeoning community of entrepreneurs. Drexel University and Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania are teaming up to create a $10 million early stage seed fund that will support spin-off companies from the University. Concurrent with the launch of the new fund, Ben Franklin will join Drexel and University City Science Center’s efforts to strengthen the offerings for members at the Innovation Center @3401 (ic@3401). And the technology and healthcare growth capital provider, Safeguard Scientifics, is also joining ic@3401 in a high-level capacity.

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    • Bioprinting Stem Cell 'Building Blocks'

      11/19/2015 10:18:09 AM

      Using a special designed extrusion printer he created to squeeze out a mixture of hydrogel and stem cells, Wei Sun, PhD, Albert Soffa chair professor in Drexel’s College of Engineering, is making strides toward rapid prototyping the building blocks of life. His process, which was recently published in Biofabrication gives scientists a head start at growing living three-dimensional tissues and could one day be used to create micro-organs for research purposes.

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    • Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs Honors Drexel’s Donna De Carolis with Iris Newman Award

      11/16/2015 11:08:00 AM

      The Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs honored Donna De Carolis, dean of Drexel University’s Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship, with its Iris Newman Award. De Carolis received the award at AWE’s annual gala on Nov. 16 at the World Café Live. The Iris Newman award is presented annually to a woman who exhibits a trailblazing spirit, inspiring leadership and stalwart support for women in the entrepreneurial community.

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    • Have an Apple-Shaped Body? You May Be More Susceptible to Binge Eating

      11/12/2015 2:24:41 PM

      Women with apple-shaped bodies – those who store more of their fat in their trunk and abdominal regions – may be at particular risk for the development of eating episodes during which they experience a sense of “loss of control,” according to a new study from Drexel University. The study also found that women with greater fat stores in their midsections reported being less satisfied with their bodies, which may contribute to loss-of-control eating.

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    • Back on the Court: Drexel Basketball Opens 2015-16 Season

      11/11/2015 12:59:51 PM

      Drexel’s men’s and women’s basketball teams open competition this Friday. Both squads are laden with veteran talent and will have their sights set on making strong performances in the Colonial Athletic Associations.

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    • Go Behind the Scenes of "The Daily Show" with Executive Producer and Comedian Adam Lowitt at Drexel

      11/9/2015 12:41:54 PM

      Go behind the scenes of the iconic Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning satirical news program “The Daily Show” at Drexel University with a visit from writer and co-executive producer Adam Lowitt on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Lowitt, himself a standup comic, will start out the evening with a standup routine and then sit down with Karen Curry, director of Drexel’s Rudman Institute, to talk about how he went from being an intern 13 years ago to one of Jon Stewart’s senior writers and then executive producer.

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    • One Month Left to See Immortal Beauty Exhibition of Rare Artifacts from Three Centuries of Fashion History

      11/5/2015 2:51:53 PM

      Only one month remains to see Immortal Beauty: Highlights from the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, the first large-scale, retrospective exhibition of highlights from the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection (FHCC) in Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.

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    • Drexel and Simpatico Theatre Project Team Up to Present Family-Friendly Cult Classic "Watership Down"

      11/5/2015 2:31:21 PM

      Co-produced by the Simpatico Theater Project and Drexel University’s Co-Op Theatre Company in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design as part of Drexel’s Mandell Professionals in Residence Project (MPiRP), "Watership Down" will feature a cast and crew comprised of students and professionals, set against the work of top-notch designers from around the region. The show will run from Nov. 4 – 22 in Drexel’s Mandell Theater (33rd & Chestnut Streets).

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    • Drexel's 11th Street Health Center Doubles in Size with Sheller Gift to Expand Community Services

      11/5/2015 12:50:43 PM

      A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 11 will celebrate the new, fully equipped facilities thanks to a major expansion of the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center of Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, a community-based, nurse-managed health center in North Philadelphia, which provides a holistic approach to health care.

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    • A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment Plots a Course for Philadelphia to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      11/4/2015 10:20:21 AM

      Researchers from the A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment issued a 97-page report to the City of Philadelphia that plots a detailed course for how the city can reduce its emission of greenhouse gasses—with the goal of an 80 percent reduction by the year 2050. Among its suggestions are retrofitting hospitals, grocery stores, schools and retail stores with better windows and insulation; drawing electricity from low-carbon sources like nuclear, wind and solar power; and encouraging the use of electric vehicles, public transportation, walking and cycling.

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    • Health in the City: Dornsife School of Public Health Research at APHA Annual Meeting

      11/3/2015 3:15:07 PM

      At the 143rd annual American Public Health Association meeting and expo, faculty from the Dornsife School of Public Health presented research on the health effects of everything from air pollution to your home address.

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    • Drexel Formalizes Partnership With Renowned Cuban Film Institution

      11/3/2015 10:11:24 AM

      In December a small class of film students from Drexel University will get a chance to view Cuba through a lens. And in an opportunity that would have been impossible just a few decades ago, and a rarity even in recent years, they will be the ones directing its gaze. The Escuela International de Cine y Television, Cuba’s iconic film school, that counts Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez among its noted founders, recently formalized a relationship with Drexel to offer a two-week documentary filmmaking course in Havana this winter.

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  • October

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    • Drexel’s Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships Appoints First Executive Director

      10/28/2015 3:23:39 PM

      Drexel University has appointed Cicely Peterson-Mangum, a long-time community development leader, as the executive director for its Dana and David Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships.

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    • Deputy Police Commissioner Awarded Stoneleigh Fellowship, Coming to Drexel to Expand School-to-Prison Pipeline Diversion Program

      10/28/2015 10:06:58 AM

      Philadelphia Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel will spend the next three years expanding the successful pre-arrest diversion program in the School District of Philadelphia for students with no histories of juvenile justice involvement. He will continue his work on the program as the first Diana A. Millner Youth Justice Fellow at the Stoneleigh Foundation.

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    • Philadelphia Media Network and Drexel University Team Up on News App

      10/23/2015 9:26:00 AM

      Research suggests that the vast majority of young adults are interested in news, but most news apps and websites fail to meet their expectations. In a ground-breaking partnership between Drexel University and Philadelphia Media Network LLC, a cutting- edge social news app is being created by young adults with a primary goal of serving millennial audiences but with the needs of a wider array of users on mobile devices in mind. The partnership will lay the foundation for further external collaboration on research and development of PMN’s news products.

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    • NBC's Olympic Coverage Chief Jim Bell to Speak at Drexel

      10/14/2015 12:55:28 PM

      The Olympic Games are some of the most-watched TV events in history, with millions of viewers tuning in from around the world. On Wednesday, Oct. 21, Jim Bell, executive producer of the Olympic Games for NBC Sports, will visit Drexel University to give a behind-the-scenes look at how that coverage comes together.ell’s talk, which is co-hosted by the Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies in Drexel’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and Drexel’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, is free and open to the public and will take place at 6:30pm in the URBN Annex Screening Room (3401 Filbert St).

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    • Drexel Offers Free Mental Health Screenings and Demonstrations for National Depression Screening Day

      10/7/2015 2:13:29 PM

      This Thursday, Oct. 8 marks the 25th Annual National Depression Screening Day, held during Mental Illness Awareness Week in October. The Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services (850 N. 11th Street, Philadelphia) of Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions will host a special, all-day event dedicated to raising awareness and screening people for depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. The event is free and open to the public.

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    • Institute for Women's Health and Leadership at Drexel Names Renee Amoore 2016 Recipient of Woman One Award 

      10/6/2015 12:00:00 AM

      The Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine will present the 2016 Woman One Award to entrepreneur and healthcare advocate Renee Amoore.

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    • Drexel to Host Startup Academy For Musical Entrepreneurs 

      10/5/2015 2:18:54 PM

      Before companies like Pandora, Spotify, and YouTube became household names, they were startup businesses that had to figure out their businesses in the complex worlds of music and technology. Of course, many ideas like this don’t get off the ground—and it’s not because they aren’t good ones. Drexel University and the Music Business Association (Music Biz) are trying to give these inklings of enterprising musical minds a fighting chance at getting noticed by training them in the ways of entrepreneurs at Philadelphia’s first Music Startup Academy.

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    • Did Asteroid Impact or Volcanic Eruption Kill the Dinosaurs? Probably Both, Says New Study

      10/1/2015 2:07:25 PM

      Was it an asteroid impact on Earth 66 million years ago that wiped out the dinosaurs? Or the eruption of volcanoes in India for hundreds of thousands of years? For decades, paleontologists and geologists have debated the role these two global events played in the last mass extinction. But compelling new evidence supports the hypothesis of a group of geoscientists: that the asteroid’s impact ignited volcanoes around the globe, most catastrophically in India, and that, together, these planet-wide catastrophes caused the extinction of many land and marine animals, including the dinosaurs.

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  • September

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    • Drexel’s School of Public Health Receives Transformative $45 Million Gift from Dana and David Dornsife

      9/30/2015 7:55:00 PM

      Drexel University’s School of Public Health has been named the Dana and David Dornsife School of Public Health in honor of a transformative $45 million gift from longtime philanthropists Dana and David Dornsife widely known for their humanitarian efforts. The couple has donated a total of $58 million to the University.

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    • Drexel Board of Trustees Appoints New Members

      9/29/2015 1:57:00 PM

      Drexel University has appointed five new members to its Board of Trustees. The new trustees are Jeffrey A. Beachell, senior partner of Veritable, LP, Jim Bean, vice president of Retail at Apple Inc., Tom Caramanico, president of McCormick Taylor, Inc., Anthony M. Noce, president of AMN Development, LLC, and Joseph Ujobai, executive vice president of SEI Investments Company and managing director of SEI Investments (Europe) Limited.

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    • One in Four Young Adults in Philadelphia Are “Disconnected” from Both Work and School

      9/29/2015 1:08:43 PM

      One in four people in Philadelphia between the ages of 18 and 24 are “disconnected” from the labor market – out of school and out of work – according to a new study from Drexel University’s Center for Labor Markets and Policy. Nationally, only 17.7 percent of the age group were disconnected. The report, released this month, was conducted by Paul Harrington, PhD, director of Drexel’s Center for Labor Markets and Policy, and Neeta Fogg, PhD, a labor economist in the Center

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    • Debating the Pope: Social Scientists Engage Pope's Call for Climate Change Dialogue in Top Journal

      9/24/2015 9:09:00 AM

      In Pope Francis’ nearly 200-page climate change encyclical, Laudato SI, published earlier this year, he explicitly calls for a “dialogue with all people about our common home.” A group of leading social scientists provide a scholarly foundation for that dialogue in a special series of commentaries published online this week in Nature Climate Change.

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    • Drexel Establishes Co-op Research Center With Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

      9/16/2015 1:24:09 PM

      Quality materials, reliable tools and talented artisan are the key ingredients of any successful workshop. When it comes to making electronics components and energy storage devices, discoveries emerge when new materials are used in advanced fabrication techniques. Students from Drexel University and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology will soon be in the presence of both. A co-op partnership with Korea’s National Research Foundation will give the students a chance to apply their talents in the nanofabrication center frequented by companies like Samsung and Hyundai, using the latest nanomaterials developed by Drexel’s materials scientists.

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    • Drexel and Penn Join White House Smart Cities Initiative

      9/15/2015 10:56:09 AM

      Experts from Drexel University and The University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Urban Research will join others from cities around the country as participants in a White House initiative to make universities and their host municipalities partners in using technology to solve the challenges that face our nation’s growing urban areas.

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    • Diagnosing 'Sick' Buildings to Save Energy

      9/9/2015 9:28:00 AM

      Are you feeling too cold right now? Too warm? Is your office's air a little stale today? On average, Americans spend 90 percent of the day indoors, in a controlled environment. Controlling that environment, at least in the workplace, is the Sisyphean labor of building operators. “Operating” a building requires not only striking the perfect balance between heating, cooling and ventilation, but also repairing and maintaining all of the equipment and systems that allow this magical equilibrium to exist. Endlessly pushing a boulder up a hill might actually be less work. As part of a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, researchers from Drexel University are working on a cloud-based data analysis tool that could help consolidate these labors while also spotting undetected problems that lead to wasted energy and poor indoor environmental quality.

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    • As Demand for African Timber Soars, Birds Pay the Ultimate Price

      9/8/2015 4:09:00 PM

      A new study co-authored by scientists at Drexel University, published in the most recent issue of Biological Conservation, reveals the devastating impact of illegal logging on bird communities in the understory layer of Ghana’s Upper Guinea rain forests, one of the world's 25 “biodiversity hotspots” where the most biologically rich ecosystems are most threatened.

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    • Drexel's Image-Tracking Technology Allows Scientists to Observe Nature vs. Nurture in Neural Stem Cells

      9/3/2015 12:47:00 PM

      One of the longstanding debates in science, that has, perhaps unsurprisingly, permeated into the field of stem cell research, is the question of nature versus nurture influencing development. Science on stem cells thus far, has suggested that, as one side of the existential debate holds: their fate is not predestined. But new research from the Neural Stem Cell Institute and Drexel University's College of Engineering suggests that the cells’ tabula might not be as rasa as we have been led to believe.

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    • Bisexual and Questioning Women Have Higher Risk of Eating Disorders Than Straight and Lesbian Peers

      9/1/2015 9:05:27 AM

      Young women who are attracted to both sexes or who are unsure about who they are attracted to are more likely to develop an eating disorder than those attracted to only one sex, according to a new study from Drexel University.

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  • August

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    • Rudman Foundation Grant Helps Prepare Top Masterman and Central High School Students for Medical Careers

      8/26/2015 3:30:00 PM

      Five students from Julia R. Masterman High School and Central High are receiving a once-in-a-lifetime summer experience, and summer education, through Drexel University’s “Mini-Med Discovery Days” program, offered through a grant from the Kal & Lucille Rudman Foundation.

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    • Trash or Treasure? How to Repurpose Would-Be Wasted Food to Feed the Hungry and Create Jobs

      8/26/2015 11:47:00 AM

      A new model for recovering would-be wasted – or surplus – food and repurposing it to feed hungry people, generate revenue and even create jobs was recently piloted in West Philadelphia, home to a large population of low-income and food insecure individuals. Compiled by researchers from Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania, Cabrini College and the Environmental Protection Agency, the results were published in Food and Nutrition Sciences, a peer-reviewed international journal dedicated to the latest advancements in food and nutrition sciences. The report also projects the amount of food that could be saved if the program was replicated nationally.

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    • Collaborative Research Reveals Ebola Might Survive in Wastewater Longer Than Expected

      8/25/2015 11:44:01 AM

      The historic outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa that began in March 2014 and has killed more than 11,000 people since has raised new questions about the resilience of the virus and tested scientists’ understanding of how to contain it. The latest discovery by a group of microbial risk-assessment and virology researchers suggests that the procedures for disposal of Ebola-contaminated liquid waste might underestimate the virus’ ability to survive in wastewater.

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    • Pregnancy is a Missed Opportunity for HIV-Infected Women to Gain Control Over Condition

      8/25/2015 12:00:00 AM

      Pregnancy could be a turning point for HIV-infected women, when they have the opportunity to enter a long-term pattern of maintenance of HIV care after giving birth—but most HIV-infected women aren’t getting that chance, according to a pair of new studies led by Drexel and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

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    • Drexel and Michelin North American Partner in Connected Mobility Challenge

      8/24/2015 4:07:21 PM

      Drexel University announced a new collaboration with Michelin North America to help find and develop new technologies that have the potential to impact people and their mobility, and change the transportation industry.

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    • New Book Argues that Social Sciences Are Critical to Climate Conversation: Climate Change is a "People Problem"

      8/20/2015 9:53:00 AM

      According to the new book “Climate Change and Society: Sociological Perspectives,” engaging the social – and not just natural – sciences in the climate conversation is essential for effecting large-scale change. Edited by environmental sociologists Robert J. Brulle, PhD, a professor in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences, and Riley E. Dunlap, a professor at Oklahoma State University, the book breaks new ground by presenting climate change as a thoroughly social phenomenon, embedded in behaviors, institutions and cultural practices.

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    • Leading Immunologist Katherine L. Knight to Receive 2015 Marion Spencer Fay Award

      8/18/2015 11:27:10 AM

      Drexel University College of Medicine’s Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership has selected noted immunologist Katherine L. Knight as the 2015 recipient of its Marion Spencer Fay Award. The award, which annually recognizes luminary women in science and medicine, is named for a pioneering former president of the College’s forerunner institution, the Woman’s Medical College of Philadelphia

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    • Immortal Beauty Exhibition Displays Rare Artifacts from Three Centuries of Fashion History for the First Time

      8/17/2015 8:54:00 AM

      From a fragment of 16th century Italian velvet to an evening dress by New York designer Alexander Wang from 2012, the first large-scale, retrospective exhibition of highlights from the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection in Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design will trace the arc of fashion history over the course of more than three centuries. Immortal Beauty: Highlights from the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection will feature select artifacts from the museum-quality collection of more than 14,000 notable garments, accessories and textiles, one of the finest and oldest research collections in the nation. The exhibition will be on display from Oct. 2 – Dec. 12 in the Westphal College’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert St.). The gallery is free and open to the public, Tuesday – Sunday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.


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    • Drexel Engineers' Recipe For 'Sandwiching' Atomic Layers Expands Possibilities For Making Materials That Store Energy

      8/14/2015 9:14:50 AM

      The scientists whose job it is to test the limits of what nature—specifically chemistry— will allow to exist, just set up shop on some new real estate on the Periodic Table. Using a method they invented for joining disparate elemental layers into a stable material with uniform, predictable properties, Drexel University researchers are testing an array of new combinations that may vastly expand the options available to create faster, smaller, more efficient energy storage, advanced electronics and wear-resistant materials. 

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    • Most Adults Are Sexting and That May Not Be a Bad Thing

      8/10/2015 11:31:58 AM

      More than 8 out of 10 people surveyed online admitted to sexting in the prior year, according to a new study from Drexel University’s Women’s Health Psychology Lab. The researchers also found that increased levels of sexting were associated with greater sexual satisfaction, especially for those in a relationship.

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    • Drexel Experts Available to Comment on Pope's Visit to Philadelphia

      8/4/2015 2:45:51 PM

      Pope Francis – and an estimated 1.5 million people – will descend upon the city of Philadelphia in late September as the capstone to the weeklong, international World Meeting of Families event, during which the Pope will deliver a public mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. From concerns about security measures to transportation, anxiety is already on the rise among Philadelphians regarding how the city will handle the influx of tourists expected to double the city’s population. Drexel University experts are available to comment on a range of issues related to the visit including safety, public health, environmental impact, infrastructure preparedness and tourism. Experts also are able to weigh in about what this once-in-a-lifetime event – and the Pope’s progressive views – mean for the Catholic church.

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    • Where Commerce and Conservation Clash: Bushmeat Trade Grows with Economic Prosperity in 13-Year Study

      8/3/2015 9:13:59 AM

      The bushmeat market in the city of Malabo is bustling—more so today than it was nearly two decades ago, when Gail Hearn, PhD, began what is now one of the region’s longest continuously running studies of commercial hunting activity.  Hearn’s team has now published its comprehensive results of 13 years of daily monitoring bushmeat market activity.

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  • July

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  • May

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    • African-American Families Share Autism Experiences in New Video Series

      5/27/2015 10:58:00 AM

      Drexel students have helped produce new films aiming to help families overcome potential barriers to seeking diagnosis and services for their children on the autism spectrum—particularly in populations that are underserved when it comes to autism awareness, diagnosis and services.

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    • Legendary Trial Lawyer Thomas R. Kline Speaks at Drexel Law School Commencement

      5/21/2015 11:18:25 AM

      Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law celebrated the class of 2015 at its seventh commencement ceremony that took place at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts (300 S. Broad Street) on Thursday, May 21 from 2 to 5 p.m.

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    • Drexel Researchers First to Detect Air Quality Effects of Natural Gas Extraction in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale Region

      5/19/2015 8:28:17 AM

      A team led by environmental engineers from Drexel University are the first independent researchers to take a closer look at the air quality effects of natural gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania. The group used a mobile air quality monitoring vehicle to survey regional air quality and pollutant emissions at 13 sites including wells, drilling rigs, compressor stations and processing areas. Their work establishes baseline measurements for this relatively new area of extraction.

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    • A Smarter "Smart Faucet" and Other Inventions by Drexel Seniors

      5/18/2015 3:12:00 PM

      Graduating seniors in Drexel's product design program have created prototypes of products that can solve problems in the world around them. 

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    • Philadelphia Teens Are Left Behind in Jobs Recovery, Black Male Teens Fare Worst of All

      5/11/2015 3:42:00 PM

      According to a new study from Drexel University’s Center for Labor Markets and Policy, despite the nation’s job growth, the fraction of teens at work has barely budged. After five full years of jobs recovery, the teen employment rate has increased from a low point of 25 percent to 29 percent – still far below its 2000 level of 45 percent. The study also found that urban teens fared worse than their suburban peers, with urban Black teen males faring worst of all. Only one in 10 young Black males in Philadelphia had a job in 2012-2013, among the lowest rates of all big cities in the nation. Entitled “Left Behind: Jobs Recovery By-Passes Philadelphia Teens,” the study was conducted by Paul Harrington, PhD, director of Drexel’s Center for Labor Markets and Policy, and Neeta Fogg, PhD, and Ishwar Khatiwada, PhD, labor economists in the Center. A follow-up study about disconnected youth will be released by the Center in October.

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    • Federal Aviation Administration Taps Drexel to Join Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Team

      5/11/2015 8:42:47 AM

      Even if you haven’t had a packaged dropped off via Amazon Prime Air or watched some amazing aerial video footage from a drone-cam, chances are you’ve seen one of those zippy, remote-controlled fliers categorized as “unmanned aircraft systems.” Their growing prevalence in the skies, along with an industry push to fly them higher and farther, is forcing the Federal Aviation Administration to expand its regulatory purview. As a way of addressing technical issues critical to safe and successful integration of unmanned aircrafts into the nation’s airspace, the FAA announced the establishment of a National Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Drexel University is one of several core research institutions that will be part of the Center, led by Mississippi State University, alongside dozens of associate research, commercial and government partners.

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    • Study Hotel Breaks Ground on Drexel’s Campus

      5/8/2015 1:54:34 PM

      Hospitality 3, a hotel development company with an impressive resume of hotel projects worldwide, held its official groundbreaking ceremony today on The Study at University City, a 212-key hotel rising on the campus of Drexel University in Philadelphia’s dynamic University City district. Slated to open in fall, 2016, the new hotel expands the innovative Study Hotels concept developed by Paul McGowan of Hospitality 3 to deliver high-quality, full-service lodging to university markets and cultural centers.

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    • Drexel To Renovate Korman Center and Create New Campus Green With $8 Million Gift

      5/5/2015 4:24:00 PM

      Located at the heart of Drexel University’s campus, the Korman Center has been a University landmark for decades. With a generous commitment of $8 million from the Hyman Korman Family Foundation the 1958 building will soon get a complete makeover. After matching the Foundation’s gift with another $8 million, Drexel will proceed with plans to expand and repurpose much of the building as well as create the classic campus green in the open space—a popular student hangout known as the “Quad”—in front of and around the Korman Center.

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    • Drexel Partners with Monell Chemical Senses Center to Become a Leader in Sensory Science of Food Education

      5/5/2015 12:37:30 PM

      Students who are passionate about applying science to the development of safer, healthier food products will now have the opportunity to learn from world-class experts in the sensory science of taste and smell, thanks to a new partnership between Drexel University and the Monell Chemical Senses Center, the premier sensory science research institution. The partnership will position Drexel to become a leader in sensory science of food education.

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    • Only Three Weeks Remain to See Exhibition of Works by Renowned Artist and Illustrator Ray Bartkus

      5/5/2015 8:37:48 AM

      Only three weeks remain to see the “enormous, beautifully detailed figurative paintings and three-dimensional installations” (Philadelphia Inquirer) of Storylines, an exhibition at Drexel University’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert Street) in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, featuring the work of Lithuanian-born artist and illustrator Ray Bartkus. The exhibition will be on display through Sunday, May 24. The gallery is free and open to the public Tuesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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    • Public Forum on Creative Placemaking and Reimagining Bartram’s Mile

      5/4/2015 11:31:08 AM

      On Thursday, May 14 from 6:30 – 8 p.m., a public lecture and forum, “Making Place by Building Civic Stewardship & Public Art-Making” will take place in Drexel’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert St.). This event is free and open to the public. A reception will be held prior to the event at 6 p.m. Three panelists will give presentations about their work as it relates to creative placemaking, civic stewardship, social equity, public art and environmental infrastructure.

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    • Drexel's Inaugural Coaches Conference Brings Together Established and Aspiring Coaches from Across Philadelphia

      5/1/2015 2:50:00 PM

      Bringing together established and aspiring coaches of all levels and in a variety of sports, Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management will host its inaugural Philadelphia Coaches Conference on Tuesday, May 19 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. The conference aims to encourage professional development and growth through a series of educational sessions led by a diverse group of experienced and knowledgeable coaches.

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  • April

    Highlighted Articles

    • Go “Behind the Seams” of Drexel’s Upcoming Historic Costume Exhibition

      4/24/2015 4:16:00 PM

      On Saturday, May 9, Clare Sauro, curator of the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection in Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, will give guests an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to bring an empty gallery to life with historic fashion treasures. At the spring “Style Saturday” event, entitled “Behind the Seams: The Making of a Costume Exhibition,” Sauro will discuss all aspects of an exhibit from mounting to mannequins, and why certain objects are chosen to be included over others. Guests also will get a sneak peak at some of the items that will be on display in the Collection’s first large-scale, retrospective exhibition, Immortal Beauty: Highlights from the Robert & Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, which will be on display in the Leonard Pearlstein Galley (3401 Filbert St.) from Oct. 2 – Dec. 14. The exhibition is sponsored by the Richard C. von Hess Foundation and will be free and open to the public.

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    • Why Reforming the United Nations Is So Hard But So Important

      4/24/2015 2:17:55 PM

      As the United Nations celebrates its 70th anniversary, DrexelNow checked in with Ambassador (Ret.) Joseph M. Torsella, distinguished visiting fellow in the Center for Public Policy in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences, who formerly served as the U.S. Representative to the United Nations for U.N. Management and Reform. From 2011-2014, he was responsible for leading efforts to make the U.N. a more efficient, accountable, respected and effective organization. On Wednesday, May 13, Torsella will give a public discussion at Drexel on “The U.S., the U.N. and U.N. Reform: Why its So Hard...and So Important.” The event will take place from 1:30 – 3 p.m. in the Bossone Research Enterprise Center’s Mitchell Auditorium (32nd and Market Streets, Philadelphia).

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    • How to Make a Collective Impact on Urban Education

      4/23/2015 1:14:13 PM

      Drexel University’s School of Education will host an interactive event to explore the emerging strategy of "collective impact" for change in urban education on Thursday, May 7, from 5 – 7:30 p.m. The discussion is part of the Schools’ Critical Conversations in Urban Education Series.

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    • Can Churches and Artists Save Each Other?

      4/23/2015 9:29:00 AM

      Creating a symbiotic relationship in which historic sacred spaces, such as churches, help to alleviate performing artists’ need for space could benefit both groups and better integrate them into the community, according to a new study from Drexel University. However, an intermediary is needed to help facilitate these relationships, the study found. The study was led by Neville Vakharia, an assistant professor and research director of arts administration in Drexel’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, and Partners for Sacred Places, a national organization dedicated to the stewardship and active community use of historic sacred spaces.

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    • Drexel Joins Philadelphia Science Festival's Weeklong Celebration of Science and Technology

      4/22/2015 10:46:35 AM

      Students, faculty and staff from Drexel University will help make the fifth anniversary of the Philadelphia Science Festival one of the biggest citywide celebrations to date. More than 200 regional partner organizations from museums to cultural centers and educational institutions will present over 100 events across the city during the nine-day celebration intended to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. 

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    • Putting a New Spin on Computing Memory

      4/22/2015 9:49:31 AM

      Ever since computers have been small enough to be fixtures on desks and laps, their central processing has functioned something like an atomic Etch A Sketch, with electromagnetic fields pushing data bits into place to encode data. Unfortunately, the same drawbacks and perils of the mechanical sketch board have been just as pervasive in computing: making a change often requires starting from the beginning, and dropping the device could wipe out the memory altogether. As computers continue to shrink—moving from desks and laps to hands and wrists—memory has to become smaller, stable and more energy conscious. A group of researchers from Drexel University’s College of Engineering is trying to do just that with help from a new class of materials, whose magnetism can essentially be controlled by the flick of a switch.

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    • Drexel Releases National Indicators Report on Autism & Adolescent Transitions

      4/21/2015 4:26:00 PM

      Autism does not end when children reach adulthood—yet most public awareness, public policy and research about autism focus on the needs of children. A new national report from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute answers critical questions about the experiences and outcomes of young people on the autism spectrum with transition planning, living arrangements, social participation, employment, postsecondary education, health and mental health, safety and other domains.

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    • Will Social Media Kill Branding? Researchers Evaluate How Social Media has Transformed Traditional Marketing

      4/21/2015 11:01:45 AM

      For decades, corporations used a steadfast formula in branding a product: big advertising investments that produced customer awareness and built a positive product reputation. By investing heavily in and tightly managing a product’s image via controlled communications, dominant brands could be leveraged to cultivate loyalty and a long-term stream of profits. But social media’s meteoric rise in popularity may be killing the old, reliable branding formula and changing how consumers interact with brands.

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    • Zom(bie) Con: Feed Your Brrraaiins at Drexel’s Symposium on the Undead

      4/20/2015 9:45:48 AM

      Zom(bie) Con: Feed Your Brains, a day-long symposium at Drexel on Thursday, May 14 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., will offer a multiplicity of perspectives on the figure of the zombie. Guest speakers will discuss the zombie in relation to film and videogames, Jewish studies, history, literature and the health sciences, among other fields. It is free and open to the public.

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    • Drexel Announces University of Miami’s M. Brian Blake as New Provost

      4/17/2015 3:30:03 PM

      Drexel has named M. Brian Blake, PhD, as the University’s next provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. Blake, who comes to Drexel from the University of Miami, where he is vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate School, will begin his new position on Aug. 1.

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    • Today is [Insert Health Issue Here] Awareness Day. Is That Making Us Healthier?

      4/16/2015 12:37:05 PM

      Public health researchers contend that health awareness days have not been held to an appropriate level of scrutiny given the scale at which they have been embraced, in a peer-reviewed commentary in the American Journal of Public Health.

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    • Mapping Language in the Brain

      4/16/2015 8:16:38 AM

      Aphasia, an impairment of language that often happens after stroke or other brain injury, affects about 1 in 250 people, and can make it difficult to return to work and to maintain social relationships. A new study published in the journal Nature Communications provides a detailed brain map of language impairments in aphasia following stroke.

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    • Gerry Lenfest Named Drexel’s Business Leader of the Year

      4/9/2015 1:50:51 PM

      Celebrated Philadelphia media entrepreneur, newspaper publisher and philanthropist H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest was recently named the 61st Business Leader of the Year by the LeBow College of Business.

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    • Study of African Birds Reveals Hotbed of Malaria Parasite Diversity

      4/8/2015 12:19:00 PM

      A new study published this week in the journal PLOS ONE explores the scope of malaria parasite diversity in southeast African birds, and provides insight into how lifestyle characteristics of birds can influence their association with different parasite genera.

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    • What Can Brain-Controlled Prosthetics Tell Us About The Brain?

      4/8/2015 9:49:05 AM

      The ceremonial opening kick of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Sao Paolo, Brazil, which was performed—with the help of a brain-controlled exo-skeleton—by a local teen who had been paralyzed from the waste down due to a spinal cord injury, was a seminal moment for the area of neuroscience that strives to connect the brain with functional prosthetics. The public display was a representative of thousands of such neuroprosthetic advances in recent years, and the tens of years of brain research and technological development that have gone into them. And while this display was quite an achievement in its own right, a Drexel University biomedical engineer working at the leading edge of the field contends that these devices are also opening a new portal for researchers to understand how the brain functions. 

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    • The Upworthy Don: Formulas That Drive Google, Klout, Facebook Help Drexel Researchers Understand Organized Cybercrime

      4/3/2015 9:32:31 AM

      Notorious gangsters Al Capone and Carlo Gambino were famously done in by tax evasion charges. John Gotti, the “Teflon Don” was given up by a confidant. While the criminal masterminds of today are conducting their nefarious business online, the key to taking them down depends on understanding how they organize and where to squeeze them. Researchers from Drexel University’s Privacy and Security Automation Lab are searching for that pressure point by studying the activity of cybercrime forums. Their findings could guide the next generation of “Untouchables.”

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    • “Before I Die…” Artist Candy Chang to Speak at Drexel

      4/2/2015 1:19:55 PM

      On Thursday, April 30 from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., Taiwanese-American artist Candy Chang will speak on  “Better Cities: Transforming Public Spaces Through Art & Design” at Drexel University’s Mandell Theater (33rd and Chestnut Streets) as the fifth lecturer in the College of Arts and Sciences' annual Distinguished Lecture Series.

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  • March

    Highlighted Articles

    • Artwork by Formerly Homeless Philadelphians Exhibited by Project HOME and Drexel

      3/31/2015 5:10:00 PM

      “Artists for All Seasons,” an exhibition of artwork by formerly homeless artists, will be on display at the URBN Center (3501 Market St., Philadelphia) from April 13 – 24.  

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    • Anti-Abortion Terrorism: New Book Tells Untold Stories of Harassment and Violence Faced by Abortion Providers

      3/31/2015 11:02:00 AM

      A groundbreaking new book, Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism (Oxford University Press, 2015), examines how those associated with abortion care are harassed, threatened, stalked, picketed, sent hate mail and otherwise terrorized on a daily basis, and how these incidents are drastically increasing

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    • How to Harness the Science of Sparking Ideas

      3/30/2015 4:22:00 PM

      Drexel professor John Kounios has co-authored a new book about the science of "aha moments." It’s the first book about creativity that tells a complete and faithful story of the neuroscience written by the actual scientists who made the discoveries.

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    • How Jazz Influenced Fashion: New Book to Launch During Jazz Appreciation Month in April

      3/25/2015 9:54:42 AM

      A new book by Alphonso D. McClendon, an assistant professor in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, entitled Fashion and Jazz: Dress, Identity and Subcultural Improvisation (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015), explores the behaviors, signs and meanings that defined this subculture. The book also addresses Philadelphia’s significant role in jazz history.

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    • Using Viruses To Help Water Blow Off Steam

      3/25/2015 8:50:04 AM

      Legions of viruses that infect the leaves of tobacco plants could be the key to making power plants safer, heating and cooling of buildings more efficient, and electronics more powerful. These tiny protein bundles, which were once a threat to a staple cash crop of the nascent United States in the 1800s, are now helping researchers like Drexel University’s Matthew McCarthy, PhD, better understand and enhance the processes of boiling and condensation.

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    • From Soda Bans to Bike Lanes: Which “Natural Experiments” Really Reduce Obesity?

      3/20/2015 2:05:00 PM

      Drexel public health researchers published a review of the state of the science on which policy and infrastructure changes have a real impact on obesity prevention.

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    • Turning “Us” and “Them” into “We” Again: Former UN Ambassador Will Discuss American Community

      3/19/2015 10:22:00 AM

      In a public discussion, entitled “Renewing the American “We”: What We Owe James Wilson,”
      Ambassador Joseph M. Torsella (Ret.), distinguished visiting fellow in the Center for Public Policy in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences, will share his thoughts on how we can – and why we must – renew our sense of American community in polarized times and what “forgotten founder” and Pennsylvania native James Wilson has to say about our current situation. The event will take place at the National Constitution Center’s Kirby Auditorium (525 Arch St., Philadelphia) on Wednesday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m.

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    • Renowned International Artist Ray Bartkus Exhibits at Drexel

      3/11/2015 8:26:49 AM

      Storylines, a new exhibition at Drexel University’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert Street) in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, presents the work of Lithuanian-born artist and illustrator Ray Bartkus. Creating immersive environments, Bartkus’s monumental, figurative paintings embrace and engulf viewers, projecting them into compelling, mysterious domains. Shown for the first time in the United States, much of this work has been seen internationally in Lithuania, Poland, Austria Japan and the Netherlands. The exhibition will be on display from Tuesday, April 7 – Sunday, May 24.


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    • Researchers Take a Closer Look at How a Material’s Behavior Changes as it Gets Smaller

      3/9/2015 2:21:16 PM

      To fully understand how nanomaterials behave, one must also understand the atomic-scale deformation mechanisms that determine their structure and, therefore, their strength and function. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, Drexel University and Georgia Tech have engineered a new way to observe and study these mechanisms and, in doing so, have revealed an interesting phenomenon in a well-known material, tungsten. The group is the first to observe atomic-level deformation twinning in body-centered cubic (BCC) tungsten nanocrystals.

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    • Holding Energy By The Threads: Drexel Researchers Spin Cotton Into Capacitive Yarn

      3/5/2015 12:12:09 PM

      While the pattern for making a wearable fabric battery has already been laid out, it’s now time to select the threads that will turn a textile into an energy storage device. That process is being driven by Drexel University doctoral student Kristy Jost, who’s threaded her way into the forefront of research on conductive yarns.  

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    • Elevated Childhood Weight May Increase Susceptibility to Eating Disorders

      3/4/2015 12:53:00 PM

      A group of researchers at Drexel University, headed up by Michael Lowe, PhD, a clinical psychologist who studies the psychobiology of eating and weight regulation and a professor of psychology in Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences, suggests that actual elevations in body mass during childhood may play a much bigger role in the development of disordered eating than previously thought.

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    • Drexel’s New Mixology and Spirits Class is Open to the Public, Taught by Townsend's Keith Raimondi

      3/4/2015 10:45:38 AM

      “Spirits and Mixology” is a new class in Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, which is open to a limited number of members of the general public. The class also will explore the history, processes and uses of major spirits, emphasizing the foundations of creating a bar program, calculating recipe costs and implementing proper service guidelines.

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  • February

    Highlighted Articles

    • Dusting for Cyber Fingerprints: Computer Scientists Use Coding Style to Identify Anonymous Programmers

      2/26/2015 10:04:26 AM

      A team of computer scientists, led by researchers from Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics, have devised as way to lift the veil of anonymity protecting cybercriminals by turning their malicious code against them. Their method uses a parsing program to break down lines of code, like an English teacher diagraming a sentence, and then another program captures distinctive patterns that can be used to identify its author.

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    • Drexel Students to Help Music Publisher Find Its 'Philly Groove'

      2/24/2015 11:35:59 AM

      Students from Drexel University’s music industry program are breathing life into music tracks that have been silent for more than 40 years. Through a partnership between the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and Reservoir, an independent music publisher based in New York City, a set of unfinished songs recorded on the Philly Groove Records label in the 1970s could find their way onto your playlist this summer.

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    • How One Student is Revolutionizing the Concert Booking Process

      2/23/2015 2:00:13 PM

      Drexel senior Ben Melman has come up with a 21st century solution to the standard and tedious process of booking concerts.

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    • What Stories Do You Have to Tell? Drexel’s New Storylab Can Help

      2/20/2015 3:32:00 PM

      The Drexel Storylab, a new initiative in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of English & Philosophy, aims to help writers of all levels jumpstart the creative process by working with established writers and looking for inspiration in unlikely places. 

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    • Drexel Program Helping Violence Victims to Expand Across Philadelphia Hospitals

      2/19/2015 4:03:00 PM

      More than 25 hospitals nationwide have adopted a public health approach to helping victims of violence with programs that aim to prevent future violent injuries, not just treat them. In Philadelphia, that public health approach is about to reach a much larger public: Healing Hurt People, Drexel's trauma-informed hospital-based violence intervention program, is expanding at an unprecedented city-wide level.

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    • #BlackLivesMatter Panel Discussion at Drexel during Black History Month

      2/19/2015 11:01:06 AM

      During Black History Month, a roundtable discussion will be held at Drexel University on Friday, Feb. 20 from 6 – 8 p.m. to examine police violence against African Americans, the criminal justice system and community responses. The event will be held in Drexel's MacAlister Hall, 2019-2020 (3250 Chestnut St., Philadelphia). It is sponsored by Drexel’s Office of Equality and Diversity.

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    • Drexel and TechGirlz to Create Online Game Design Class For Teens

      2/18/2015 8:53:57 AM

      Recent higher education reports have raised questions about the persistence of inequality in gender representation among college students in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines in the last decade. Employment in the technology sector continues to reflect this disparity. Two local groups are taking steps to reverse this trend by increasing access to tech workshops that encourage young women to pursue careers in STEM-related fields.

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    • Urban Design and Planning Students Reimagine the Delaware River Waterfront

      2/12/2015 2:39:46 PM

      A select handful of Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design students interested in urban design will have the opportunity to generate fresh ideas and create a vision for the future of the Lehigh Viaduct, Delaware Power Station and surrounding Port Richmond area. Along with 15 students and two faculty members from Germany’s TU Dortmund University, which researches and teaches the global intersection between man, nature and technology, the students will participate in an intensive urban infrastructure planning and design process to develop concepts for repurposing this post-industrial infrastructure.

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    • A Natural Match: Drexel Research Team Connects Urban Design to Public Health

      2/10/2015 3:00:50 PM

      Faculty in design and public health at Drexel are working together with community-based projects in West Philadelphia. Their projects test the idea that aspects of natural systems can be woven into urban design to improve health.

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    • Drexel Cybersecurity Institute And U.S. Army Reserve to Train Next Generation of 'Cyber Soldiers'

      2/10/2015 12:42:50 PM

      Cyberspace is rapidly becoming the battleground of the 21st century. The prevalence and magnitude of cyber attacks during the 18 months has illuminated the need for sophisticated soldiers and savvy security professionals to fortify the information systems and electronic data on which our nation now depends. This demand has led the U.S. Army Reserve to partner with six academic institutions, including Drexel University, to prepare the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

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    • Poets Create ‘Verbal Sculptures’ Inspired by Chakaia Booker Exhibition at Drexel

      2/5/2015 12:40:54 PM

      Amidst large-scale sculptures made from recycled tires by contemporary American sculptor and printmaker Chakaia Booker, local poets will create poems, or ‘verbal sculptures,’ inspired by the themes of the artwork at Drexel University during Black History Month. Booker’s Are We There Yet? exhibition of sculptures, paintings and prints explores issues of race, gender, globalization and more.

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    • Children's Hunger Born From Mothers' Trauma

      2/3/2015 12:00:00 AM

      A new Drexel public health study shows that trauma and chronic stress are a largely overlooked part of the picture of why one in five American households with young children live with food insecurity.

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    • Shoulder Pads, Mini Skirts and Fanny Packs: 1980s Fashion is Back at Drexel’s “Style Saturday” Event

      2/2/2015 12:59:52 PM

      “The 1980s was a decade where ‘more was more,” according to Clare Sauro, curator of the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection in Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. On Saturday, Feb. 7, Sauro will open the collection to the public for Luxe Redux: Fashions of the 1980s, a lecture on the over-the-top 1980s fashion trends and a behind-the-scenes look at items from a decade of luxury and excess.

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  • January

    Highlighted Articles

    • Hospitals Helping Violence Victims Could Save Millions

      1/26/2015 10:25:03 AM

      Drexel researchers have  published the first study to systematically look at the economic outcomes of programs that help victims of violence change their lives with a hospital-based intervention.

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    • Studies of Africa's Most Endangered Chimpanzees Show Complex Evolutionary Past, Perilous Future

      1/21/2015 8:56:49 AM

      A Drexel-led team's complementary analyses of population genetics, geographical distribution and habitat use paint a new picture of the evolutionary past and potentially bleak future of the Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzee, already the most endangered chimp subspecies.

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    • Runners Get a Step Ahead at Drexel

      1/14/2015 10:46:56 AM

      Drexel now offers a suite of physical therapy and other health services to help runners prevent injury or step up their performance, in addition to recovering from injuries.

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    • Teens Abusing Prescription Pills Are A Growing Concern, Drexel Researchers Say

      1/13/2015 12:00:00 AM

      Parents and physicians still aren’t doing enough to address the rise of “pharming,” or recreational use and abuse of prescription drugs, among teenagers, according to public health researchers at Drexel University.

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    • New Drexel Course on Affluenza and Consumer Culture is Open to the Public

      1/12/2015 3:41:00 PM

      As the dust settles after the chaos of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the holiday shopping season, it’s the perfect time to take a closer look at America’s consumer culture, including ‘affluenza,’ the epidemic of overconsumption. In a new course, called “Studying Consumerism,” offered by the Department of Communication in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences, students—and a limited number of alumni and members of the general public—can do just that. The winter term course, which runs from Jan. 5 – March 21, will provide students with a broad overview of critical, historical and practical issues pertaining to consumerism as well as branding and marketing.

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    • Amtrak, Drexel and Partners to Host Open House on 30th Street Station District Plan

      1/12/2015 11:16:29 AM

      Amtrak and its partners in the Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan will host an open house this month to introduce the project to the public and solicit community input. The event is an opportunity for interested parties to learn about the project, meet the team, ask questions and provide input.

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    • Charles Spencer, Chronicler of British History and Brother of Princess Diana, to Visit Drexel on Book Tour

      1/9/2015 3:03:55 PM

      A civil war that led to the beheading of a king, an 11-year discontinuation of the monarchy, followed by a bloody man-hunt for the judges who signed his death warrant – are all part of one of the most tumultuous times in England’s history and the subject of “Killers of the King,” the latest book by Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer. Spencer, the brother of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, is both part of England’s recent history and a renowned chronicler of its more distant eras. On Jan. 22, he will visit Drexel University to talk about his book and also about what it’s like to run the Spencer family estate of Althorp —a real-life Downton Abbey— in the 21st Century. This event is part of a lecture series sponsored by the Kal & Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies.

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    • DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman Named Drexel's 2015 Engineering Leader of the Year

      1/7/2015 12:48:39 PM

      Drexel University’s College of Engineering will honor Ellen Kullman, chair of the Board and CEO of DuPont, as its 2015 Engineering Leader of the Year. Kullman, who will be recognized at a ceremony on Feb. 23, will join an esteemed group of engineering trailblazers who have received the award. 

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    • Recycled Tires Become Beautiful Sculptures that Explore Race, Gender and More in New Exhibition

      1/7/2015 10:08:09 AM

      Recycled tires become complex assemblages that explore issues of race, gender, globalization and more in a new exhibition of work by contemporary American sculptor and printmaker Chakaia Booker, hosted by Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. The exhibition, entitled Are We There Yet?, features sculpture, paintings and prints and will be on display in Drexel’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery from Tuesday, Jan. 13 through Sunday, March 8.

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    • CW Philly to Hold Casting Call for America's Next Top Model at Drexel

      1/5/2015 11:36:34 AM

      Do you think you have what it takes to be America’s next top model? Here is your chance to prove your talent! The CW hit, America’s Next Top Model, is seeking new contestants to compete for a chance to take on the modeling industry. The CW Philly 57 will hold a local casting call for the show on Tuesday, Jan. 6, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Drexel University's Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.

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