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Thick Cortex Could Be Key in Down Syndrome

The thickness of the brain’s cerebral cortex could be a key to unlocking answers about intellectual development in youth with Down Syndrome, according to a new study led by a Drexel psychologist.

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  • A piece from Lauren Fensterstock's “Forays and Follies” Forays and Follies Presents the Dark and Romantic World of Lauren Fensterstock
    July 2, 2015

  • The good bruschetta used in Jacob Lahne's study. Study Finds A Good Appetizer Could Make Your Main Course Less Enjoyable
    June 24, 2015

    Think twice about that appetizer: One Drexel professor found that the first course has the potential to influence main courses for better or for worse.
  • achiral microswimmer robot Drexel's Microscale 'Transformer' Robots Are Joining Forces to Break Through Blocked Arteries
    June 24, 2015

    Swarms of microscopic, magnetic, robotic beads could be scrubbing in next to the world’s top vascular surgeons—all taking aim at blocked arteries. These microrobots, which look and move like corkscrew-shaped bacteria, are being developed by mechanical engineers at Drexel University as a part of a surgical toolkit being assembled by the Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST) in South Korea.
  • "Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice" by Adam Benforado. Drexel Law Prof Publishes Book on “Unfair” Criminal Justice System
    June 23, 2015

    Psychology can help make a fairer criminal justice system, says Adam Benforado, an associate professor of law.
  • power plant Drexel Engineers: To Save Water, Cool Power Plants With Wax
    June 22, 2015

    The towering plumes of steam emanating from power plant calderas that have come to symbolize the massive and, at times, menacing nature of the energy industry might soon have their natural dissipation into thin air preempted by a figurative one. A team of researchers from Drexel University, in concert with experts from academia and industry, are creating a new technology that replaces the voluminous amounts of steam-producing water used to cool the plants with trillions of tiny wax beads—and could be the end of those fluffy, yet ominous, white clouds.

  • Amtrak open house 30th Street Station District Plan Reveals Three New Concepts for Building Over Rail Yards
    June 22, 2015

    Amtrak and its partners in the Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan hosted an open house on June 17 for the public to hear about the progress of the planning process for the 175-acre area surrounding the station.
  • brain images show reduced cortical surface area and increased cortical thickness in Down Syndrome Thick Cortex Could Be Key in Down Syndrome
    June 19, 2015

    The thickness of the brain’s cerebral cortex could be a key to unlocking answers about intellectual development in youth with Down Syndrome, according to a new study led by a Drexel psychologist.

  • wasp colony Do Insect Societies Share Brain Power?
    June 17, 2015

    A new Drexel study suggests that social behavior evolved very differently in the brains of social insects than in vertebrate animals such as mammals, birds and fish.

  • Photo of Charmatz performance at MoMa Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Grant Will Bring Acclaimed Choreographer Boris Charmatz to Drexel
    June 15, 2015

    With the support of a $234,400 grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Drexel University will host acclaimed French choreographer Boris Charmatz for a performance of his renowned Levée des conflits—co-presented by FringeArts in September 2016and a series of workshops available to the Philadelphia dance community and general public.

  • swarm of army ants Underground Ants Can't Take the Heat
    June 15, 2015

    A new Drexel study shows underground species of army ants are much less tolerant of high temperatures than their aboveground relatives—and that could mean  climate change models lack a key element of how animal physiology could affect responses to changing environments.
  • Phot of PECO Exelon grant check presentation Exelon Foundation and PECO Continue Support of West Philly Education Partnership
    June 9, 2015

    A program spearheaded by PECO and Drexel University to improve public school options for families in West Philadelphia will receive new life thanks to a $500,000 grant from the Exelon Foundation and PECO.
  • Swatches and designs from Drexel senior Ying Zhang's collection. Drexel Fashion Designs Rock the Runway at Annual Senior Fashion Show, June 6
    June 3, 2015

    With influences ranging from Miley Cyrus to modern ballerinas, the collections of 29 graduating fashion design students will hit the runway at the Drexel University’s Annual Senior Fashion Show on Saturday, June 6.
  • A family with two children is one of those featured in the African-American Autism video series. African-American Families Share Autism Experiences in New Video Series
    May 27, 2015

    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.
  • Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Commencement Legendary Trial Lawyer Thomas R. Kline Speaks at Drexel Law School Commencement
    May 21, 2015

    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.

  • Marcellus Shale region Drexel Researchers First to Detect Air Quality Effects of Natural Gas Extraction in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale Region
    May 19, 2015

    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.
  • Connor White's "Smart Faucet" purifies and conserves water. A Smarter "Smart Faucet" and Other Inventions by Drexel Seniors
    May 18, 2015

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

  • A new Drexel study found that only one in 10 young Black males in Philadelphia had a job in 2012-2013, among the lowest of all big cities in the nation. Philadelphia Teens Are Left Behind in Jobs Recovery, with Black Male Teens Faring Worst of All
    May 11, 2015

    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.

  • uas testing Federal Aviation Administration Taps Drexel to Join Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Team
    May 11, 2015

    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.
  • Group photo of groundbreaking for study hotel Study Hotel Breaks Ground on Drexel’s Campus
    May 8, 2015

    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.

  • Rendering of glass facade of Korman Center Drexel To Renovate Korman Center and Create New Campus Green With $8 Million Gift
    May 5, 2015

    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.

  • Drexel has partnered with the Monell Chemical Senses Center, the premier sensory science research institution. Photo credit: Ivan Amato. Drexel Partners with Monell Chemical Senses Center to Become a Leader in Sensory Science of Food Education
    May 5, 2015

    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.

  • Ray Bartkus' Titanikas Balance. Only Three Weeks Remain to see Exhibit by Renowned International Artist Ray Bartkus at Drexel
    May 5, 2015

    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.

  • “Escaped Infrastructure” at Canal View Park. Photo credit: Thoughtbarn, courtesy of the Mural Arts Program. Creative Placemaking and Plans for Reimagining Bartram’s Mile: A Public Forum at Drexel
    May 4, 2015

    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.
  • Mehdi Rhazali (R), head tennis coach at Drexel, talks with a student-athlete. Drexel's Inaugural Coaches Conference Brings Together Established and Aspiring Coaches from Across Philadelphia
    May 1, 2015

    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.
  • Salvatore Ferragamo, circa 1955, purchased by FHCC. Photo by Michael Shepherd. Go “Behind the Seams” of Drexel’s Upcoming Historic Costume Exhibition at Spring Style Saturday Event
    April 24, 2015

    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.
  • The United Nations Office at Geneva (Switzerland) is the second biggest U.N. center, after the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Why is Reforming the United Nations So Hard But So Important? Q+A with Former U.N. Ambassador Joe Torsella
    April 24, 2015

    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).

  • Drexel’s School of Education will host an interactive event to explore the strategy of "collective impact" for change in urban education. How to Make a Collective Impact on Urban Education
    April 23, 2015

    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.
  • Seventh Metro Chuch in Baltimore was one of the six historic spaces that participated in the study. Can Churches and Artists Save Each Other?
    April 23, 2015

    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.

  • Philadelphia Science Festival Drexel Joins Philadelphia Science Festival's Weeklong Celebration of Science and Technology
    April 22, 2015

    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. 


  • binary Putting a New Spin on Computing Memory
    April 22, 2015

    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.
  • What happened to young adults with autism between high school and their early 20s? 36% attended any postsecondary education. 19% lived independently. 58% had a job for pay. 74% received any services. One in Three Young Adults with Autism Disconnected from Work and School: Drexel Releases National Indicators Report on Autism & Adolescent Transitions
    April 21, 2015

    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.

  • Screen shot of social media on smartphone Will Social Media Kill Branding?
    April 21, 2015

    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.
  • Drexel's day-long Zom(bie) Con symposium is free and open to the public. Zom(bie) Con: Feed Your Brrraaiins at Drexel’s Symposium on the Undead
    April 20, 2015

    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.
  • Brian Blake, PhD Drexel Announces University of Miami’s M. Brian Blake as New Provost
    April 17, 2015

    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.
  • Chart of cancer awareness ribbon colors. Credit: Judith E. Bell, CC-BY SA 2.0 https://www.flickr.com/photos/jhandbell/14357589121 Today is [Insert Health Issue Here] Awareness Day. Is That Making Us Healthier?
    April 16, 2015

    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.
  • Voxel-lesion symptom map shows areas associated with speech production (blue-green) and speech recognition (red-yellow) factors in the brain. Credit: Mirman et al., Nature Communications Mapping Language in the Brain
    April 16, 2015

    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.
  • H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, celebrated Philadelphia media entrepreneur, newspaper publisher and philanthropist, was named the 61st Business Leader of the Year by Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business Gerry Lenfest Named Drexel’s Business Leader of the Year
    April 9, 2015

    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.
  • African Pygmy Kingfisher (Ispidina picta) photographed in Vwaza Wildlife Reserve, Malawi. Credit: Jason D. Weckstein Study of African Birds Reveals Hotbed of Malaria Parasite Diversity
    April 8, 2015

    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.
  • neuroprosthetics What Can Brain-Controlled Prosthetics Tell Us About The Brain?
    April 8, 2015

    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. 


  • Brando The Upworthy Don: Formulas That Drive Google, Klout, Facebook Help Researchers Understand Organized Cybercrime
    April 3, 2015

    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.”

  • Chang created a "Before I die…" art installation on an 80-foot wall surrounding the construction site of the former University City High School. Photo credit: C. Shan Cerrone. “Before I Die…” Artist Candy Chang to Speak at Drexel
    April 2, 2015

    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.

  • Project HOME alumnus Gerald Halley stands in front of his artwork. Artwork by Formerly Homeless Artists Exhibited by Project HOME and Drexel
    March 31, 2015

    “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.  
  • Anti-Abortion Terrorism: New Book Tells Untold Stories of Harassment and Violence Faced by Abortion Providers
    March 31, 2015

    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

  • Collage of brain image, lightbulb and cover of the book "The Eureka Factor". Credits: Lightbulb by lilbitgimpy CC BY-NC 3.0; Brain by Beeman et al PLOS Biology; Eureka Factor courtesy of Random House How to Harness the Science of Sparking Ideas
    March 30, 2015

    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.
  • Duke Ellington and his band in wool overcoats and tailored dress signify celebrity status, Los Angeles, 1934. Courtesy of Bettmann/CORBIS. How Jazz Influenced Fashion: New Book to be Launched During Jazz Appreciation Month this April
    March 25, 2015

    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.
  • nanoboiling Using Viruses to Help Water Blow Off Steam
    March 25, 2015

    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.
  • Bicycle lane. Credit: Jim Henderson From Soda Bans to Bike Lanes: Which “Natural Experiments” Really Reduce Obesity?
    March 20, 2015

    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.

  • Turning “Us” and “Them” into “We” Again: Former UN Ambassador Discusses American Community at the Constitution Center
    March 19, 2015

    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.

  • Bartkus' "Beauty and the Beast," 2006-2009. Renowned International Artist Ray Bartkus Exhibits at Drexel
    March 11, 2015

    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.

     

  • twinning Researchers Take a Closer Look at How a Material’s Behavior Changes as it Gets Smaller
    March 9, 2015

    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.