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

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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  • The kiosks will be used to screen for issues including bipolar disorder, post-traumatic disorder and depression. Drexel Offers Free Mental Health Screenings and Demonstrations for National Depression Screening Day
    October 7, 2015

    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.

  • Renee Amoore Institute for Women's Health and Leadership at Drexel Names Renee Amoore 2016 Recipient of Woman One Award
    October 6, 2015

    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.

  • music technology Drexel to Host Startup Academy for Musical Entrepreneurs
    October 5, 2015

    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.

  • Layered lava flows of the Deccan Traps east of Mumbai, India. Photo by Mark Richards. Did Asteroid Impact or Volcanic Eruption Kill the Dinosaurs? Probably Both, Says New Study
    October 1, 2015

    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.

  • Dana and David Dornsife Drexel’s School of Public Health Receives Transformative $45 Million Gift from Dana and David Dornsife
    September 30, 2015

    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.

  • Drexel Board of Trustees Appoints New Members
    September 29, 2015

    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.
  • Nearly 43,000 young people in Philadelphia are disconnected or disengaged from the work force. One in Four Young Adults in Philadelphia Are “Disconnected” from the Job Market
    September 29, 2015

    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

  • Pope Francis made an evocative call to address the dual problems of environmental degradation and human exploitation. Photo credit: Alfredo Borba. Debating the Pope: Social Scientists Engage Pope’s Call for Climate Change Dialogue in Top Journal
    September 24, 2015

    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.

  • KAIST Drexel Establishes Co-op Research Center With Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
    September 16, 2015

    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.

  • Philadelphia Drexel and Penn Join White House Smart Cities Initiative
    September 15, 2015

    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.

  • rooftop HVAC Diagnosing 'Sick' Buildings to Save Energy
    September 9, 2015

    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.
  • Legal and illegal logging increased more than 600 percent in Ghana during a 15-year period. Photo credit: Nicole Arcilla. As Demand for African Timber Soars, Birds Pay the Ultimate Price
    September 8, 2015

    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.

  • CloneView Drexel's Image-Tracking Technology Allows Scientists to Observe Nature vs. Nurture in Neural Stem Cells
    September 3, 2015

    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.
  • Researchers from Drexel University studied the relationship between disordered eating and sexuality among adolescents and young adults. Bisexual and Questioning Women Have Higher Risk of Eating Disorders Than Straight and Lesbian Peers
    September 1, 2015

    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.
  • Photo of high school students at Mini-Med Discovery Days Rudman Foundation Grant Helps Prepare Top Masterman and Central High School Students for Medical Careers
    August 26, 2015

    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.

  • Students transform bruised and misshapen fruits and vegetables into cobblers, shakes and other products in the Drexel Food Lab. Trash or Treasure? How to Repurpose Would-Be Wasted Food to Feed the Hungry and Create Jobs
    August 26, 2015

    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.
  • ebola virus Collaborative Research Reveals Ebola May Survive in Wastewater Longer Than Expected
    August 25, 2015

    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.
  • Chart shows HIV engagement during pregnancy and for two years postpartum. 92% of women received HIV care during pregnancy. 51% had viral suppression at delivery. 38% received HIV care within 3 months after delivery. Pregnancy is a Missed Opportunity for HIV-Infected Women to Gain Control Over Condition
    August 25, 2015

    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.
  • Michelin logo Drexel and Michelin North American Partner in Connected Mobility Challenge
    August 24, 2015

    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.

  • New Book Argues that Social Sciences Are Critical to Climate Conversation
    August 20, 2015

    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.

  • Katherine L. Knight Leading Immunologist Katherine L. Knight to Receive 2015 Marion Spencer Fay Award
    August 18, 2015

    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
  • Immortal Beauty exhibition Immortal Beauty Exhibition Displays Rare Artifacts from Three Centuries of Fashion History for the First Time
    August 17, 2015

    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.


  • Drexel researchers have created layered MXene materials by using acid to etch a MAX phase block containing molybdenum. Drexel Engineers' Recipe For 'Sandwiching' Atomic Layers Expands Possibilities For Making Materials That Store Energy
    August 14, 2015

    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. 
  • In an online survey by Drexel researchers, 88% of respondents reported sexting. Most Adults Are Sexting and That May Not Be a Bad Thing
    August 10, 2015

    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.
  • Pope Francis Drexel Experts Available to Comment on Pope's Visit to Philadelphia
    August 4, 2015

    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. 


  • BBPP research staff, Illidio Mebulo, collecting a sample of primate tissue in the market for genetic analysis. Credit: Javier Rivas/BBPP Where Commerce and Conservation Clash: Bushmeat Trade Grows with Economic Prosperity in 13-Year Study
    August 3, 2015

    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.

  • PeaceTech Lab Engineering Peace: Drexel Joins PeaceTech Lab in Global Mission to Use Technology for Resolving Conflicts
    July 27, 2015

    Drexel University engineering researchers and students are joining an international effort led by PeaceTech Lab, a non-profit entity launched by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), to prepare the next generation of humanitarian engineers. The PeaceTech Lab’s Young Engineers Program seeks to use the skills of talented young technologists in service of communities in conflict zones around the world who are seeking to create a sustainable peace. 
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Photo courtesy: Students, Community Members Use “War Stories” to Connect With Veterans
    July 20, 2015

    Drexel's English course "War Stories" up to its name, creating opportunities for Drexel students and community members to learn more about veterans.
  • Photo of Market Basket book cover New Book Shares Business Lessons Learned From Market Basket Dispute
    July 17, 2015

    One year after the unprecedented protest that gained national attention and nearly shut down a $4 billion supermarket chain, a Drexel University professor has co-authored a book about what happened at Market Basket, and why it is important for managers, employees and consumers. When the super CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas, was fired in June of 2014, the supermarket chain’s 25,000 employees, dozens of suppliers, and close to 2 million customers took to the streets to reinstate him. The battle pitted these stakeholders against some board members who planned to sell the company. 

  • A 2014 STAR Scholar demonstrates his research. Non-STEM Students Equally Benefit from Undergraduate Research, Study Finds
    July 17, 2015

    Most undergraduate research programs cater to STEM majors. A team of Drexel researchers shows why that's a bad idea.
  • "Spring Landscape #5 (Mont Royal, Montreal)" by Gershon Benjamin, 1947, oil on canvas, 29 x 36 inches. Three Weeks Left to See Gershon Benjamin Retrospective
    July 14, 2015

    Experience the wonder in "Gershon Benjamin: Modern Master" before the 20th century Expressionist artist's retrospective comes down in a few weeks.
  • Kapil Dandekar Drexel Antenna Research Helping to Boost The Performance of Commercial Wireless Networking Technology
    July 7, 2015

    Wireless antenna technology that originated in Drexel University’s College of Engineering is now available in the newest family of ZyXEL enterprise-grade wireless access points. The company, which is a global leader in producing broadband networking solutions, has adopted a “smart antenna” product designed by Adant Technologies Inc., based on the research from the Drexel Wireless Systems Lab.
  • Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. A group of 19 newspapermen, wire service, and newsreel cameramen, and representatives of OWI [Office of War Information] visited the Tule Lake Relocation Center. This was the first inspection tour granted the press. Communications Professor Analyzes Local Media Coverage of Japanese-American Incarceration Camps
    July 6, 2015

    Ron Bishop, professor and head of the Department of Communication, recently released a book showcasing how the internment of people of Japanese descent, more than 60 percent American citizens, was covered by local newspapers during World War Two.
  • 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 dark and monolithic three-dimensional pieces in Lauren Fensterstock’s Forays and Follies are striking from a distance, but it is up close where the viewer can wonder in the refined detail of the artist’s creation. Forays and Follies highlights the elegance and visual seduction of Fensterstock's artificial worlds, and is the first solo exhibition of her work in Philadelphia.

  • 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.
  • White and Zerban'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.

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