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Drexel Introduces Repository of Virtual Reality Content to Enhance Online Education

New digital enhancements will take online education to new and far more expansive heights at Drexel University. VRtifacts+, a first of its kind repository, will empower faculty and instructional designers to seamlessly incorporate 250,000 augmented, virtual and mixed reality learning objects across a wealth of disciplines into the University’s online coursework.

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  • Behind-the-Scenes Tours of Science Treasures for Academy of Natural Sciences Bicentennial
    March 9, 2012

    As part of its yearlong Bicentennial, the nation’s oldest natural history museum announced today that it will offer behind-the-scenes tours of its world-renowned scientific collections, normally open only to researchers by appointment.

  • Reverse-Osmosis filters Engineers Apply Water Monitoring System to Preserve Filtering Membrane
    March 8, 2012

    Researchers in Drexel University’s Environmental Engineering Department are collaborating with American Water to apply a new test that is intended to extend the lifespan of seawater filtering membranes by predicting the growth of damaging biofilm on them. The test, called Bioluminescent Saltwater Assimilable Organic Carbon (AOC), will help to measure the amount of biodegradable organic matter in seawater and enable researchers to predict the level of biological fouling –formation of biofilm- that could occur on the filtering membrane. American Water developed the AOC test, which will also help to reduce Reverse-Osmosis (RO) membrane fouling in the water desalination process.

  • robotic fish model Robotic Fish Research Receives NSF Funding
    March 8, 2012

    A robotic fish, developed in Drexel University’s College of Engineering, could soon be leading the way for development of unmanned, automated marine vehicles according to researchers in the Laboratory for Biological Systems Analysis. Dr. James Tangorra, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and mechanics, who heads the lab, is using the robotic fish model to understand the movement and sensory abilities of fish fins and attempting to translate this information into making more sophisticated marine systems for the Office of Naval Research.

  • Drexel-to-Present-Dragon-Exhibition
    March 5, 2012

    In celebration of the 2012 Year of the Dragon, Drexel University will host an exhibit dedicated to the dragon.  “The Iconography of the Dragon:  East and West,” made possible by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation will be open to visitors from April 2 to May 11 at the University’s Rincliffe Gallery on the third floor of Drexel’s Main Building at 32nd and Chestnut Streets.

  • Witnesses to Hunger logo Witnesses to Hunger Goes National with Women's Photographic Testimony of Poverty
    March 5, 2012

    A powerful research and advocacy project developed at the Drexel University School of Public Health featuring the voices and photography of women who have experienced hunger and poverty first-hand, is now expanding with the opening of “Witnesses to Hunger -  Boston.”
  • Gogotsi-and-Team-Advance-Understanding-of-Energy-Storage-Mechanism
    March 5, 2012

    An international team of materials researchers including Drexel University’s Dr. Yury Gogotsi has given the engineering world a better look at the inner functions of the electrodes of supercapacitors – the low-cost, lightweight energy storage devices used in many electronics, transportation and many other applications. In a piece published in the March 4 edition of Nature Materials, Gogotsi, and his collaborators from universities in France and England, take another step toward finding a solution to the world’s demand for sustainable energy sources.
  • Student-Conference-Explores-Relationships-to-Food
    March 1, 2012

    Drexel University’s Office of International Programs will host a daylong conference on March 2 on the global food crises and diverse and complex relationships to food. 

    Six student panels will tackle the central theme of food from various different interdisciplinary perspectives. The conference will bring together students and community groups, faculty, staff and alumni to address a wide range of issues related to the topic of food.

  • Study Identifies Pacific Danger Zones for Critically-Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles
    March 1, 2012

    A major new study of migration patterns has identified danger zones in the Pacific Ocean for critically endangered leatherback sea turtles. This new understanding could help inform decisions about fishing practices to help reduce further deaths of this fragile species. Drexel University’s Dr. James Spotila was coordinator for the study involving collaborators worldwide.
  • Do Women with Bulimia Have Both an Eating Disorder and a Weight Disorder?
    February 29, 2012

    Researchers at Drexel University have found that a majority of women with bulimia nervosa reach their highest-ever body weight after developing their eating disorder, despite the fact that the development of the illness is characterized by significant weight loss.

  • Dr. Stephen Lankenau Researchers Describe Link Between Prescription and Illicit Drug Misuse in High-Risk Populations
    February 27, 2012

    A new report from researchers at the Drexel University School of Public Health identifies patterns in the misuse of illicit drugs among young adults in Los Angeles and New York who also misuse prescription drugs.
  • Drexel Launches Shima Seiki Haute Technology Laboratory to Develop Smart Textiles and Wearable Technology Drexel University Finalizes Deal with Shima Seiki USA
    February 27, 2012

    Following the signing of a groundbreaking, $1 million agreement with Shima Seiki USA, Genevieve Dion, assistant professor and fashion design program director in Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, will now have the state-of-the-art laboratory to conduct research for the development of new smart textiles, wearable technologies and to explore new methods of production that will ultimately impact a number of market sectors.

  • Black History Month Concert at the Kimmel Center
    February 24, 2012

    The Drexel University Concert Band will take the stage at the Kimmel Center for the first time ever to perform a range of music by African American composers that will include two newly commissioned works by Valerie Colman and other influential musicians, in honor of Black History Month.

  • Women and children at the 11th Street Family Health Services draw and write as part of an educational or integrative health program. National Study Highlights Integrative Wellness Care at Drexel's 11th Street Family Health Services
    February 24, 2012

    The 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University was one of 29 centers surveyed for a new national study released last week that reports on trends in the practice of integrative health care at centers across the United States.
  • Senior forward Samme Givens Drexel basketball defeats James Madison to earn first CAA regular season title
    February 23, 2012

    Drexel's Samme Givens scored 18 points and grabbed his 1,000th career rebound on Senior Night as Drexel defeated James Madison, 78-61, for its 16th straight win. With George Mason's loss at Northeastern, the Dragons (24-5, 15-2 CAA) clinched the top seed in the upcoming CAA Tournament in Richmond and at least a share of its first CAA regular-season championship.

  • Dr. Akhil Vaidya Malaria Research Team Awarded $2 Million NIH Grant
    February 23, 2012

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded Drexel University College of Medicine a $ 2 million grant for a four-year project to investigate molecular pathways targeted by antimalarial pyrazole compounds. These compounds were first discovered by a research team from Drexel.

  • HUBO adult-sized humanoid robots Engineering Research Brings Seven Humanoid Robots to Drexel
    February 22, 2012

    Seven adult-sized humanoid robots took the stage during Drexel University’s celebration of National Engineers Week, in a first-of-its-kind assembly of robotic technology. A showcase event on Feb. 20  introduced all seven of the Korean HUBO robots to the community. Their presence -together in one place- is a unique event that serves as a key milestone for a nationwide, collaborative robotics research effort funded by the National Science Foundation.

  • Dr. Alex Moseson and Professor D.N. Singh Engineers Develop Cement With 97 Percent Smaller Carbon Dioxide and Energy Footprint
    February 20, 2012

    Drexel University engineers have found a way to improve upon ordinary Portland cement (OPC), the glue that’s bonded much of the world’s construction since the late 1800s. In research recently published in Cement and Concrete Composites the group served up a recipe for cement that is more energy efficient and cost effective to produce than masonry’s most prevalent bonding compound.
  • MAD Dragon Records MAD Dragon Records Partners With Motion City Soundtrack to Make Records
    February 20, 2012

    Drexel University’s MAD Dragon Records (MDR) will team with the band Motion City Soundtrack  to produce a curated series of 7-inch record single releases by emerging artists entitled Making Moves.
  • Dr. Christopher Li Engineers Develop Shish Kebab Shaped Buckypaper
    February 20, 2012

    Next-generation body armor and batteries could be within reach according to a group of Drexel University engineers who recently presented their work with a sophisticated weave of carbon nanotubes, commonly called buckypaper, in ACS Nano, a publication of the American Chemical Society.
  • Dr. Maurico Reginato College of Medicine Research Links Prostate Cancer Spread to Sugar Found Naturally in the Body
    February 20, 2012

    For the first time, researchers at Drexel University College of Medicine have discovered that a certain type of sugar found naturally in the body is elevated in prostate cancer cells and it plays a critical role in cancer growth and movement. The findings are set to be published in the April edition of Journal of Biological Chemistry.
  • Drexel-Breaks-Ground-on Chestnut-Square
    February 20, 2012

    Drexel and American Campus Communities will break ground on a new $97.6 million development that will transform Chestnut Street between 32nd and 33rd Streets into a new gateway for Drexel and University City. Designed by internationally acclaimed Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Chestnut Square will feature 361,200 square-feet of mixed-use student housing and retail space. It’s scheduled for completion September 2013.
  • Drexel-Experts-on-Marcellus-Shale-Drilling
    February 20, 2012

    Drexel University experts with a variety of expertise are available to help media report on stories regarding Marcellus Shale drilling.

  • 3D Printed Robotic Dinosaurs Robotic Dinosaurs On the Way for Next-Gen Paleontology with 3-D Printing
    February 20, 2012

    Researchers are bringing the latest technological advancements in 3-D printing to the study of ancient life. Using scale models of real fossils, for the first time, they will be able to test hypotheses about how dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals moved and lived in their environments.

  • Dick Hayne Donates $200K to Drexel's Baiada Center
    February 13, 2012

    During his acceptance speech for receiving the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce 2012 Edward Powell Award, the founder, president and CEO of Urban Outfitters Inc. Dick Hayne announced he will donate the $100,000 prize and a matching gift to Drexel University’s Laurence A. Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship.
  • Attorney Stephen Cozen is the Business Leader of the Year
    February 10, 2012

    The founder and chairman of the Philadelphia-based law firm Cozen O’Connor, Stephen A. Cozen, is Drexel University's LeBow College of Business 58th Business Leader of the Year. He will be honored at a luncheon attended by hundreds of Greater Philadelphia’s top executives on Feb. 13.
  • iSchool Becomes NSF Visual Decision Informatics Cooperative Research Center
    February 8, 2012

    In the race to find innovative solutions to our nation’s most pressing Big Data challenges, two universities are leading the charge. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Drexel University have been awarded funding by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create the Center on Visual and Decision Informatics (CVDI).

  • 2D cliff News Release
    February 6, 2012

    A photograph submitted by a group of Drexel engineers has won recognition by the National Science Foundation as part of its International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge. The picture entitled “The Cliff of the Two-Dimensional World,” which resembles a red-rock bluff, depicts ultrathin layers of titanium-based compounds as viewed under an electron microscope.

  • Drexel and American Campus Communities Transform Chestnut-Street
    February 2, 2012

    Drexel University and  American Campus Communities will transform Chestnut Street between 32nd and 33rd Streets into a new gateway for Drexel and University City featuring 361,200 square-feet of mixed-use student housing and retail space. The groundbreaking event for the estimated $97.6 million project is scheduled for February 21, with a targeted construction completion date of September 2013, announced Drexel University President John A. Fry.
  • Dielectric barrier discharge plasma being applied to chicken breast using a probe. A Zap of Cold Plasma Reduces Harmful Bacteria on Raw Chicken in Drexel Study
    February 2, 2012

    A new study by food safety researchers at Drexel University demonstrates that plasma can be an effective method for killing pathogens on uncooked poultry. The proof-of-concept study was published in the January issue of the Journal of Food Protection.
  • Academy-Paleopalooza-Festival
    February 2, 2012

    Paleopalooza, an annual two-day festival of gigantic proportions, will be held at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18 and 19.

  • Diabetes Rates Vary Widely in Developing Countries
    February 1, 2012

    Rates of diabetes vary widely across developing countries worldwide, according to a new analysis led by Dr. Longjian Liu of Drexel University’s School of Public Health. Liu’s study found that access to healthcare support for diabetes varied widely in developing countries, and that one in 10 diagnosed cases remain untreated.
  • President Fry Leads Drexel Delegation to Israel
    January 31, 2012

    Drexel University President John A. Fry is leading a delegation to Israel to attend the second Bi-national Symposium on Translational Research in Biomedicine and Biomedical Engineering, jointly sponsored by Hebrew University’s (HUJI) Institute for Drug Research (IDR) and Drexel.
  • Exterior of the A.J. Drexel Plasma Institute Drexel Receives Keck Foundation Grant to Expand Plasma Research
    January 30, 2012

    Drexel University has received a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to expand research on the fundamental science of interactions between plasma, which is an ionized gas, and living systems. The research, funded by the W.M. Keck Foundation, will be led by the University’s Anthony J. Drexel Plasma Institute.
  • Engineers release authorship software
    January 23, 2012

    A set of new software programs, developed by Drexel University computer scientists, could soon help protect the speech of the disenfranchised and ensure the voice of the whistle-blower, all by confirming or contorting one’s writing style.

  • Newschaffer Comments on Autism Definition Changes
    January 20, 2012

    Drexel University’s Dr. Craig Newschaffer, a renowned autism expert and chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Drexel University School of Public Health, is available to comment on the proposed changes to the definition of autism and how they would impact the autistic population.
  • Academy of Natural Sciences Celebrates Bicentennial
    January 18, 2012

    The yearlong Bicentennial of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will feature a major new exhibition opening March 24 called The Academy at 200: The Nature of Discovery. A special series of Town Square programs, some led by world-renowned experts, will focus on today’s critical environmental issues, and a science symposium will be held in the fall. For museum visitors, monthly themed activities, giveaways, and discounted admission days will provide fun and learning for the whole family.
  • MLK-Project-KEYSPOTS
    January 13, 2012

    Philadelphia’s 17th Annual MLK Day of Service, Monday January 16, will feature a first-ever on-site and Internet-based virtual job fair in an effort to empower Philadelphia residents economically. Drexel University is leading the Freedom Rings Partnership in hosting a digital job fair at the same location as the onsite job fair at Girard College, located at 21st Street and Girard Avenue, which is already capped at 600 attendees.

  • Dr. Brian K. Lee No Link Found Between Prenatal Exposure to Tobacco Smoke and Autism
    January 12, 2012

    A large population-based study in Sweden indicates that there is no link between smoking during pregnancy and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children. The study, led by Dr. Brian Lee, an assistant professor at Drexel University and a team of international collaborators, will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and was published online in December.
  • iSchool online dating study iSchool online dating study
    January 5, 2012

    Today, one in five Americans finds his or her spouse via online dating websites, but according to Drexel researchers, marriage isn’t the only measure of success among people looking for love in cyberspace.

  • Nanodiamonds in protoplanetary cloud Gogotsi Nature Nanotechnology Nanodiamonds
    December 22, 2011

    Nearly 50 years ago scientists discovered that detonating powerful explosives had the ability to create, not just destroy. Nanodiamonds, diamond-structured particles measuring less than 10 nanometers in diameter, which are the resultant residue from a TNT or Hexogen explosion in a contained space, are now being studied in a variety of science, technology and health applications. A team of researchers who specialize in nanotechnology, led by Dr. Yury Gogotsi, director of the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, offered a review of nanodiamond research, in the December 18 edition of Nature Nanotechnology to sift through new ways scientists are using these tiny treasures.
  • Holiday Survival Guide
    December 21, 2011

    During the holiday season, Drexel University experts are available to help news media with a variety of stories.

  • Drexel v. Villanova Hockey Crosstown Classic Club Hockey Game
    December 15, 2011

    On January 5, Dragons and Wildcats will take the ice under the stars on the outdoor rink at Citizens Bank Park in a matchup of city hockey rivals dubbed “The Crosstown Classic.” The contest, featuring Drexel and Villanova’s club hockey teams, is a unique outdoor hockey experience that is part of a weeklong slate of games surrounding the National Hockey League’s “Winter Classic” game on January 2.

  • Mural Arts timeline Student designs Mural Arts timeline
    December 13, 2011

    The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program officially opened a new public space, Mural Arts at The Gallery, the place to tour, shop, learn and create with the largest public art program in the world. Featured in the space is a mobile exhibit about the history of the Mural Arts Program, designed by graphic design student Randi Dean from Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.

  • Math Dash -Drexel Computer Science Computer Scientists Named Imagine Cup Finalists
    December 13, 2011

    A Windows Phone game to help elementary students enjoy learning math and a software program to manage volumes of healthcare information are just two of the brilliant concepts in the running for one of the top honors in computer science: The Microsoft Imagine Cup. These two innovative technology designs, both imagined and created by Drexel computer science students, rose to the top from a national field of competitors and earned first-round selection in the national technology design competition this fall.
  • Academy of Natural Sciences Re-Accredited by American Association of Museums
    December 7, 2011

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University has been awarded a renewal of its accreditation by the American Association of Museums (AAM). AAM accreditation is a widely recognized seal of approval that brings national recognition to a museum for meeting and often exceeding the standards and best practices of the museum field.

  • Philadelphia Executive is Elected New Chair of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
    December 2, 2011

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University announced the election of a new chair of its governing board and three new trustees from Drexel.

  • Joseph Hughes Named Drexel Engineering Dean
    November 30, 2011

    Drexel University has named Dr. Joseph B. Hughes, the Karen and John Huff  School chair and professor of civil, environmental and materials science engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, as dean of the University’s College of Engineering. Drexel President John A. Fry has announced that Hughes will begin his tenure at Drexel on January 15, 2012.
  • Gogotsi Questions Battery Efficiency Metrics
    November 29, 2011

    Solving the mystery of prematurely dead cell phone and laptop batteries may prove to be a vital step toward creating a sustainable energy grid according to Drexel researcher Dr. Yury Gogotsi. In a piece published in the November 18 edition of  Science, Gogotsi, who is the head of the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, calls for a new, standardized gauge of performance measurement for energy storage devices that are as small as those used in cell phones to as large as those used in the national energy grid.
  • CALEA Accreditation for Drexel
    November 29, 2011

    Three years after its first officers were deployed, the Drexel University Police Department (DUPD) has earned accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), becoming one of only 10 law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania and one of 51 colleges and universities nationwide to receive the prestigious recognition of public safety professional excellence.

  • Zipcar and Drexel Partner
    November 28, 2011

    Drexel University has partnered with Zipcar, Inc., the world’s leading car-sharing network, to offer a Zipcar car-sharing program on campus. The cost-effective and convenient transportation option is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to all students ages 18 and older, as well as faculty and professional staff members.