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Birds of All Feathers Work Together to Hunt When Army Ants March

When army ants move out, a new Drexel University study found that, instead of chasing each other away, birds work together to follow the column and hunt the insects that marching ants scare out of hiding.

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  • SCORE will help youth develop fundamental skills for succeeding in life. Drexel and Sixers Youth Foundation Team Up to Promote Healthy Behaviors for Middle School Students
    February 25, 2016

    Middle school students in West Philadelphia will learn strategies to achieve better physical and emotional health through a new collaboration between Drexel University and the Sixers Youth Foundation, a charitable initiative of the Philadelphia 76ers.

  • MD Curriculum Drexel College of Medicine Transforms MD Program
    February 24, 2016

    Beginning in August 2017, the College is doing away with its two-track system and introducing a single curriculum designed to train physicians who possess the many enduring qualities essential to clinical excellence, as well as new skills needed in the 21st century. 

  • Image of Bradley vs. Helvetica The Game of Fonts: Research Finds That Difficult-to-Read Fonts Can Positively Affect Buying Habits
    February 22, 2016

    In a new paper, forthcoming in the Journal of the Academy of Science, a team of researchers including Drexel University’s Rajneesh Suri, PhD, a professor of marketing at the LeBow College of Business, take a closer look at how consumers’ buying decisions are influenced by fonts.
  • A depiction of black holes merging and the gravitational waves that emit from them. Building Toward Discovery: Drexel Professor’s Role in Finding Gravitational Waves
    February 22, 2016

    Sometimes, science is about chipping away at the big questions. One Drexel physics professor recently got credit for his role in developing a big answer.
  • keyboard Survivors of Sexual Abuse Find Support In Online 'Anonymity'
    February 22, 2016

    A study led by Drexel University researchers suggests that survivors of sexual abuse who seek guidance and support in online forums may be doing so because they find comfort in the relative anonymity the forums provide, which allows them to speak candidly about their experience and be direct in asking for help.

  • Diana Robins, PhD, of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, plays with a toddler who is in the age range that she believes all children should be screened for autism spectrum disorder. Photo by Jeff Fusco. Toddler Screening Essential for Autism Detection Despite National Task Force’s Reservation
    February 22, 2016

    Given that earlier diagnoses have been found to be more beneficial for treating children on the autism spectrum, a Drexel professor and her colleagues believe universal screening in 18–24 month-old children remains essential, despite a federal task force deciding there is insufficient evidence to recommend it.
  • Kollect game Video Game Therapy — Drexel Professors Design Games For Cerebral Palsy Patients
    February 22, 2016

    While video games have often been saddled with the reputation of promoting a sedentary lifestyle, a group of Drexel University professors see the digital diversions as a way of helping patients with cerebral palsy to keep on moving. The team, with expertise ranging from game design to movement science, physical therapy and biomedical engineering, recently formed a company called enAble Games, with the goal of making web-based active video games that can be used as part of therapy or rehabilitation exercise sessions.  

  • Jesse Krimes' Deus ex Machina exhibition will be on display at the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery through March 13. Photo credit: Sarah Bloom. Musical Performances, Readings and Film Screenings Take Place Against Backdrop of Sculpture Show in Drexel’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery
    February 18, 2016

    The Leonard Pearlstein Gallery in the URBN Annex (3401 Filbert St.) of Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design has become a hub for exhibitions and arts-related events of all kinds. This winter is no exception, with events ranging from musical and dance performances to readings and film screenings – most of which are free and open to the public – alongside the current exhibition of works by Jesse Krimes, the Philadelphia artist’s first solo show since returning from prison, which is on display until March 13.

  • Logo for the Life Course Outcomes program, whose report generated interest for the new Transition Pathways program. $3.5 Million Gift Supporting Autism Institute’s Programs for Transition to Adulthood
    February 17, 2016

    Through a generous, anonymous gift, the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute of Drexel University will support innovative programs designed to help young adults transition out of high school into a career or college.
  • Drexel Food Lab Students Vie for Top Spot in Cooking Competition Using New Dried Vegetable Blend from Baldor Specialty Foods to Combat Food Waste
    February 17, 2016

    Students from the Drexel Food Lab in Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management will be serving up a series of unique dishes before a panel of judges this Friday to see which recipe all incorporating a new flour created from vegetable by-product has the most potential appeal to consumers. The contest, sponsored by corporate partner Baldor Specialty Foods, a leading northeast produce distributor, was devised as part of a larger company initiative to combat industry-wide food waste, a program they call SparCs (“scraps” spelled backwards).
  • Pediatric AIDS Benefit Concert College of Medicine Students to Host 2016 Pediatric AIDS Benefit Concert
    February 15, 2016

    Proceeds from the student-run show on Feb. 20 will benefit the Dorothy Mann Center for Pediatric and Adolescent HIV.
  • PAH structure Solved Protein Structure Holds Answers to Metabolic Disease That Afflicts Infants
    February 15, 2016

    Drexel University researchers and an international group of scientists have made a critical step toward understanding a disorder that affects patients from birth into adulthood.
  • carbon film supercapacitors Research Reveals Carbon Films Can Give Microchips Energy Storage Capability
    February 11, 2016

    After more than half a decade of speculation, fabrication, modeling and testing, an international team of researchers led by Drexel University’s Yury Gogotsi, PhD, and Patrice Simon, PhD, of Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, France, have confirmed that their process for making carbon films and micro-supercapacitors will allow microchips and their power sources to become one and the same.

  • Ed O’Bannon, retired pro basketball player and lead plaintiff in the antitrust class action lawsuit O’Bannon v. NCAA, will be a panelist at the CARE Conference. Photo credit: Jack Rosenfeld. Summit on College Athletes’ Rights Hosted by Drexel
    February 11, 2016

    In an effort to examine more closely the rights of college athletes and whether those rights are protected, Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management will host “College Athletes’ Rights & Empowerment Conference: Visioning A New Paradigm of College Sport (CARE)” from March 24 – 26 at the National Constitution Center and Drexel University

  • Greenberger was the deputy mayor for economic development and director of commerce for the City of Philadelphia from 2009 through 2015 under the administration of former mayor Michael Nutter. Former Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger Joins Drexel as Distinguished Professor and Fellow
    February 10, 2016

    A visionary leader in Philadelphia’s urban evolution, former Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger will join Drexel University as a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Architecture & Interiors of the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow in the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, a cross-university strategic initiative that aligns Drexel’s academic work with the real-world need for urban revitalization.
  • Exterior of the Dornsife Center New Public School to Open in West Philadelphia with Support of $1.8 Million Philadelphia School Partnership Grant
    February 10, 2016

    The School District of Philadelphia, Drexel University and Inquiry Schools announced that Science Leadership Academy Middle School (SLA-MS) plans to open to fifth grade students in Fall 2016 in a temporary location at Drexel’s Dana and David Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships. 

  • John A. Fry Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Announces John Fry as Next Chairman
    February 5, 2016

    The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber) has announced that Drexel President John A. Fry will serve as its Chairman beginning in October 2016. He has been a member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors since 2010 and a member of its Executive Committee since 2011.

  • New research by Drexel University and Arizona State University reveals that the burst of electricity from a stun gun can impair a person’s ability to remember and process information. Taser Shock Disrupts Brain Function, Has Implications for Police Interrogations
    February 4, 2016

    New research from a first-of-its-kind human study by Drexel University and Arizona State University reveals that the burst of electricity from a stun gun can impair a person’s ability to remember and process information. In a randomized control trial, participants were subjected to Taser shocks and tested for cognitive impairment. Some showed short-term declines in cognitive functioning comparable to dementia, raising serious questions about the ability of police suspects to understand their rights at the point of arrest.
  • Removing Race from Human Genetic Research
    February 4, 2016

    When it comes to studying human genetic diversity, a group of scientists, including Drexel’s Michael Yudell, feel that the race concept has no place in human genetics.
  • Students studying from binders at a table. Parental Depression Negatively Affects Children’s School Performance
    February 3, 2016

    A study led by Drexel researchers found that parental depression was associated with diminished school performance in children.
  • crystalsome The Future of Medicine Could Be Found In This Tiny Crystal Ball
    February 3, 2016

    A Drexel University materials scientist has discovered a way to grow a crystal ball in a lab. Not the kind that soothsayers use to predict the future, but a microscopic version that could be used to encapsulate medication in a way that would allow it to deliver its curative payload more effectively inside the body.

  • Jordan Hyatt (L) will evaluate the body camera initiative under SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III (R). Photo credit: Elizabeth Peckham. Drexel Criminology Professor to Evaluate SEPTA Body Camera Initiative
    February 2, 2016

    The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) recently announced that its transit police officers have been equipped with body cameras. The initiative, which is intended to strengthen relationships with the public and provide valuable evidence for investigations, will be evaluated by Jordan Hyatt, JD, PhD, an assistant professor in Drexel University’s Department of Criminology and Justice Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.

  • The Central African Biodiversity Alliance 2015 Undergraduate Field Course Plant Research Group at Mbam & Djerem National Park, Cameroon. Pictured from left to right: Katie DiAngelus (Drexel), Katherine Achy (UCLA), Dr. Maximilliano Fero (National University of Equatorial Guinea), Francisco Mitogo (National University of Equatorial Guinea), Andrienne Bih (Univeristy of Buea, Cameroon) and Alexandra Ley (University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany). Photo credit: David Montgomery. African Biodiversity Researchers to Speak at Drexel Before National Symposium
    January 29, 2016

    A group of biodiversity researchers from Drexel-managed programs in Central Africa will speak at the University to discuss the challenges of their work and preparing for the future before they attend the Association for the Advancement of Science symposium.
  • Track Depressive Symptoms Prevalent Among Division I College Athletes
    January 27, 2016

    Nearly a quarter of Division I college athletes reported depressive symptoms, and women were twice as likely, says a new study from the College of Medicine. 
  • Pregnant woman holding stomach while on bed. Study: Anti-Asthma Drugs Taken During Pregnancy Associated With Autism Risk
    January 26, 2016

    Taking B2AR agonist asthma drugs during pregnancy appears to be associated with an increased risk that the child will develop autism, according to a recently published study at Drexel University.
  • A hat designed by Hattie Carnegie in 1960 from the Fox Historic Costume Collection. A Century of Philadelphia Fashion from Drexel’s Fox Historic Costume Collection on Display at Michener Art Museum
    January 26, 2016

    A stunning collection of clothing and accessories created, worn and sold in Philadelphia from 1896 to 1994 will be on display from March 13 – June 26 as part of Philadelphia in Style: A Century of Fashion from the Robert & Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, Drexel University at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pa. The special exhibition of dresses, wedding gowns, shoes, hats and other items will be drawn from Drexel University’s Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection (FHCC) in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, which will loan the items from its holdings of more than 14,000 garments, accessories and textiles from the last three centuries.

  • e-cigarette On Twitter, E-Cigarette Ads Spread Like Secondhand Smoke
    January 26, 2016

    Are 500 retweets the modern equivalent of “everyone’s doing it” when it comes to e-cigarette marketing? While the Food and Drug Administration has proposed a ban on the sales of e-cigarettes to people under 18, as we are beginning to understand the health effects of the substitute to smoking, a recent study by researchers at Drexel University and the University of Southern California suggests that e-cigarette marketing on social media is about as containable as second-hand smoke.

  • Clare Sauro, curator of the Fox Historic Costume Collection, stands next to a coral-encrusted Hubert de Givenchy couture gown worn by Grace Kelly. Drexel’s Fox Historic Costume Collection Receives $2 Million Gift from Robert and Penny Fox
    January 25, 2016

    Heralded as a “world-class collection of fashion and textiles” by the Wall Street Journal, Drexel University’s Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection (FHCC) of the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design has received a $2 million commitment from Robert (Hon. ’13) and Penny Fox (Hon.’13). The museum-quality collection of more than 14,000 garments, textiles and accessories spanning three centuries is one of the finest and oldest research collections in the nation.
  • The conference’s line-up of world-renowned chefs, restaurateurs and food writers will participate in TED-talk style lectures, panel discussions and demonstrations. Photo credit: Brian Kinney. Culinary Leaders and Rising Stars Tackle Hot Topics in the Restaurant Industry at Drexel’s 2016 Philly Chef Conference
    January 25, 2016

    Being a chef is so much more than just cooking. On Sunday and Monday, March 6 – 7, the 2016 Philly Chef Conference will bring together the biggest names and rising stars in the Philadelphia-area restaurant scene and beyond to delve deep into the real issues faced by restaurant industry professionals, from menu development to restaurant real estate and navigating legal pitfalls.

  • Cold Mountain opera Drexel and Penn Create Free Online Course With Opera Philadelphia
    January 25, 2016

    In its ongoing mission to broaden its audience and bolster its patrons’ enjoyment, Opera Philadelphia is rolling out an online course in the lead-up to its next major production. Experts from Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania created the framework and curriculum as a primer for Opera Philadelphia’s east coast premiere of Jennifer Higdon and Gene Scheer’s Cold Mountain, which opens on Feb. 5 at the Academy of Music.
  • JJ Ramberg Drexel to Host MSNBC’s JJ Ramberg of “Your Business” For Talk on Issues Affecting Small Biz Owners
    January 21, 2016

    MSNBC’s JJ Ramberg, host of “Your Business,” a television show dedicated to discussions about the issues affecting small business owners, will speak to Drexel University students on Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. 
  • Dennis O'Brien Former Councilman O’Brien to be Honored at Drexel for Work in Autism Community
    January 20, 2016

    After decades of work advocating and supporting those with disabilities, the ASERT Collaborative and the Philadelphia Autism Project, both housed at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, are honoring lifelong Philadelphian Dennis O’Brien for his work to improve the lives of individuals with autism across Philadelphia and Pennsylvania.
  • A Drexel research team examines the role of the physical and built environment in public health. Consortium on Urban Design and Public Health Releases First Annual Report
    January 20, 2016

    Can intentional design help people live healthier lives? The first annual progress report of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)’s Design and Health Research Consortium contributes to a growing body of research showing that the physical and built environment can play a crucial – and often overlooked – role in public health. The report from the Architects Foundation, along with the AIA and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), covers consortium activities across a spectrum of research issues where design contributes to public health.
  • Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey will join Drexel University as the inaugural Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation. Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey Joins Drexel as Distinguished Visiting Fellow
    January 14, 2016

    Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey will join Drexel University as the inaugural Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, a new cross-university strategic initiative that aligns Drexel’s academic work with the real-world need for urban revitalization. He also will be affiliated with the Department of Criminology and Justice Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.

  • War of the Worlds Drexel to Bring 'War of the Worlds' Interactive Art Experience to Philadelphia With Support From William Penn Foundation
    January 11, 2016

    “The War of the Worlds,” H.G. Wells’s classic work of science fiction literature has inspired the creation of feature films, radio dramas, comic books, music and even the rockets that put a man on the moon. Now the seminal tale of alien invasion is the vision guiding the development of a citywide interactive game and performance project in Philadelphia.

  • pond scum Cleaning Wastewater With Pond Scum
    January 5, 2016

    A blob of algae scooped from a fountain on South Street almost two years ago, has seeded a crop of the green stuff that Drexel University researchers claim is more effective at treating wastewater than many of the processes employed in municipal facilities today. The algae is a functional ingredient of a bioreactor system designed by Drexel environmental engineers to remove several chemicals from wastewater at once — shortcutting a process that normally takes multiple steps, expensive ingredients, and a great deal of time.

  • During Drexel's honors colloquium, eight students and 25 inmates exchanged letters about classic texts. Prison Reading Project Opens Minds on Both Sides of the Bars
    January 5, 2016

    The Prison Reading Project, an honors colloquium offered this fall, connected eight students and 25 inmates through a correspondence about classic literature.

  • Kara Spiller Harnessing the Body’s Immune System to Heal Wounds Naturally
    January 5, 2016

    In what could be a pivotal step toward repairing non-healing wounds and damaged organs, a Drexel University biomedical engineer has identified an immune cell as a potential strategy for growing blood vessels.

  • The local health department serving Montgomery County, Kentucky. Local Health Departments Key to Expanding Mental Health Care in U.S.
    January 5, 2016

    A study conducted by a group of researchers in the Dornsife School of Public Health found that a significant number of local health departments offer some form of mental health care services, but could play an even more important role in extending mental health care services to other institutions and facilities across the country.
  • Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center New Initiative Expands Holistic Approach to Trauma at Drexel’s 11th Street Health Center
    December 23, 2015

    The nurse-led center, 850 N. 11th Street, is one of six organizations chosen to participate in a two-year, national initiative to implement and evaluate “trauma-informed” health care approaches. 
  • UConnect will train members of the Drexel community to act as navigators, helping local residents get connected with a range of services and opportunities. Drexel’s New UConnect Initiative Connects West Philadelphia Residents with Essential Social Services
    December 21, 2015

    A new initiative from Drexel University’s Lindy Center for Civic Engagement and the College of Arts and Sciences will address this issue through a service called UConnect, which will train members of the Drexel community to act as navigators, helping local residents get connected with a range of services and opportunities.

  • prefrontal cortex Drexel’s Brain Imaging Technology Offers New Approach For Studying Parkinsonian Syndromes
    December 17, 2015

    Using a portable device developed at Drexel University, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine have identified differences in brain activation patterns associated with postural stability in people with Parkinsonian syndromes and healthy adults. 
  • Using man-made and natural systems of containment such as birdcages and beehives, Krimes plays with shifting sightlines to create disorienting experiences that reference authoritarian institutions. Philadelphia Artist Jesse Krimes’ First Solo Exhibition of New Work Since Returning from Prison on Display at Drexel
    December 16, 2015

    Best known for creating a 39-panel mural out of bed sheets while serving a six-year prison sentence, Philadelphia-based artist Jesse Krimes will open Deus ex Machina, an exhibition of new work at Drexel University on Jan. 12. The exhibition will be on display through March 13 at Drexel’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert Street) of the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.
  • ultraviolet light A Molecular Light Switch?...Just Add Water
    December 16, 2015

    A bit of stray moisture during an experiment tipped off scientists about the strange behavior of a complex oxide material they were studying—shedding light on its potential for improving chemical sensors, computing and information storage. In the presence of a water molecule on its surface, the layered material emits ultraviolet light from its interior. A team of researchers from Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California at Berkeley, and Temple University recently published its discovery that it is possible to control UV light production via a chemical reaction that functions like flipping a light switch.
  • The LSST in its facility building with the night sky. Courtesy of the LSST Corporation. A Galaxy Far, Far Away: Drexel Professor to Use New Telescope to Map Beyond Milky Way
    December 15, 2015

    Due to his past involvement with another survey of the night sky, Drexel’s Gordon Richards will take a look out of our galaxy with the help of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, which is capable of mapping the entire night sky every three days.
  • Aerial view of 30th Street District Amtrak, Drexel and Partners Host Open House on 30th Street Station District Plan
    December 10, 2015

    Amtrak, Drexel and their partners in the Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan will host an open house next week to provide an update on the project and solicit community input. The event is an opportunity for interested parties to review refined ideas, interact with the project team, ask questions and contribute to the process.

  • Michelin logo Four Drexel Teams Receive Awards in Michelin Connected Mobility Challenge
    December 10, 2015

    Drexel University and Michelin North America have announced the winner of the Connected Mobility Challenge, a six-week competition to identify innovative solutions with the potential to impact people and their mobility and change the transportation industry.  

  • Tetris on Cira Centre Philadelphia Students to Design Skyscraper-Size Video Games
    December 9, 2015

    Starting this winter, more than 100 middle-school students from Philadelphia schools and community groups will try their hand at being video game designers, with an opportunity to play their games on one of the biggest screens imaginable: a 29-story building covered with LEDs. Drexel University’s Entrepreneurial Game Studio is working with young game designers-in-the-making to come up with new games for Brandywine Realty Trust’s Cira Centre office building, an edifice that has twice played host to the largest architectural video game display in the world.

  • Dental office Dental Clinic Expansion at Drexel’s Sheller 11th Street Health Center Fills Gap in Oral Health Services
    December 8, 2015

    More than 45 percent of adults have not had a dental visit in the past year, and 27 percent of children have received no preventative dental care in the North Philadelphia neighborhood where the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center operates. A new expansion to the health center’s dental clinic will address this gap and provide the community with much-needed access to oral health services.

  • Holiday nightmares The Nightmares Before Christmas – And How to Avoid Them
    December 7, 2015

    It’s that time of year again! The time when your stress levels go through the roof as you shop, cook, wrap, decorate, travel and party-plan yourself into a tizzy while trying to create the perfect holiday season. Drexel experts have identified some of the top stress-inducing holiday nightmares and offer some helpful tips for avoiding them this year.