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Art and Tech Innovator John Maeda to Speak at Drexel Commencement at Citizens Bank Park

Computational design guru John Maeda will address the class of 2017 at Drexel University’s commencement, which will be held on June 13 at 7:30 p.m. Maeda is the global head of Computational Design and Inclusion at Automattic, the parent company of Jetpack, WooCommerce, Longreads, WordPress.com and more. The University-wide ceremony will be held at Citizens Bank Park for the second consecutive year.

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  • This illustration for the novel "The War of the Worlds" by H.G. Wells shows a Martian fighting-machine battling with the warship Thunder Child. ‘War of the Worlds’ Opens at Drexel on Halloween Night, Free Admission for those in Costume
    October 6, 2014

    This Halloween night, the Drexel Co-op Theatre Company in Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design will open its version of “War of the Worlds” at the URBN Center Annex’s Black Box Theater (3401 Filbert St.).  The show will run from Oct. 30 – Nov. 2. On opening night – Halloween, Oct. 31 – attendees who come dressed in costume will receive free admission.
  • Mitchell Hurwitz Meet the Man Behind the Bluths
    October 3, 2014

    Mitchell Hurwitz, creator of the award-winning sitcom “Arrested Development” will be at Drexel University on Tuesday, Oct. 21 for a far-ranging conversation about the iconic show, his career as a successful writer/producer and a look ahead to the future of television.

  • stem cells 3D Drexel Engineers Use 3-D Gaming Gear to Give Biologists an Eye-Opening Look at Cells in Action
    October 3, 2014

    For hundreds of years biologists have studied cells through the lens of a microscope. With a little help from a team of engineers at Drexel University, these scientists could soon be donning 3-D glasses in a home-theater-like lab to take their own fantastic voyage into the petri dish.
  • LiveNote Philadelphia Orchestra to Premiere Drexel-Designed Interactive Concert App for Mobile Devices
    October 2, 2014

    The Philadelphia Orchestra, in collaboration with engineers from Drexel University’s Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center, is launching a mobile app that will change the way audiences experience musical performances.
  • Drexel Opens Perelman Plaza:A Transformed Hub in the Heart of Campus
    October 1, 2014

    Thanks to a $5 million gift from the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Education Foundation, Drexel University transformed the center of its campus along 32nd Street, between Chestnut and Market Streets. The resulting hub, known as the Raymond G. Perelman Plaza, opened to the campus community on Sept. 30. The University marked the occasion with a celebration and dedication ceremony.

  • Infrascanner Drexel Biomedical Engineers to Help Upgrade Brain Injury Detection Device Used by Navy and Marines
    October 1, 2014

    A team of researchers from Drexel University’s School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems has been called on to help upgrade a handheld brain scanning device used by the military to assess injuries in the field. InfraScan, Inc., a Philadelphia-based medical technology firm specializing in brain injury diagnostics, will be working with the group of biomedical engineers for the next three years to improve Infrascanner™ -a tool that saves lives by detecting severe head injuries.
  • Drexel engineering students Drexel and Lockheed Martin Partner to Develop Engineering Leadership Program
    September 29, 2014

    Drexel University and Lockheed Martin are working together to nurture the engineering students who show an acuity for leadership. The corporation is partnering with the University’s College of Engineering to create the Lockheed Martin Engineering Leadership Program, a track of courses, activities, mentoring and experiences designed to help students identify and develop their leadership abilities.
  • stock image depicting genetics research NIH Policies Influence Scientists’ Data-Sharing Behavior, According to Drexel-Led Study
    September 26, 2014

    Policies intended to increase the sharing of scientific resources among life science investigators appear to be working, according to a study led by a researcher in Drexel University’s School of Public Health. But the survey also identified some unexpected problems.
  • Evening wedge by Salvatore Ferragamo, black silk ottoman and satin with silver kid, circa 1940, Italy. Gift of Mrs. Robert G. McKay. Italy Comes to Philly with “Men of the Cloth” Film Screening and Italian Footwear Event at Drexel
    September 26, 2014

    Italian fashion and culture descend on Philadelphia this October, with two events hosted by Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design – a screening of a new documentary on Italian master tailors on Oct. 2 and a seminar on the rich history of Italian footwear on Oct. 15. The events are part of Ciao Philadelphia, a month-long celebration of Italian arts, culture and industry, organized by the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia.
  • Drexel Becomes First University to Host a Permanent Therapy Dog in a Recreation Center
    September 25, 2014

    Thanks to its newest employee, Drexel University has become the first university in the country whose recreation center hosts an on-site therapy dog year-round. Drexel is also the first college in the Greater Philadelphia area to retain a therapy dog on campus.

  • West Catholic Prep cheerleaders at Maguire Field Drexel and West Catholic Prep Officially Open Athletics Field
    September 24, 2014

    West Catholic Preparatory High School and Drexel University celebrated the official opening of an open-grass area located within Drexel’s Vidas Athletic Complex that was converted into a synthetic field for both institutions to use. A $1.5 million gift from the Maguire Foundation made the transformation possible.
  • Kenneth Lacovara, PhD (center) speaks with a crowd of community members in attendance at the Mantua Township Community Fossil Dig Day. A World-Class Fossil Dig, a One-of-a-Kind Community Event
    September 24, 2014

    More than a thousand residents and visitors to southern New Jersey will dig their own fossils and learn from the Drexel University paleontologist and students who conduct globally significant scientific research at Mantua Township's third annual Community Fossil Dig Day.

  • Drexel students will help launch TV chef Carla Hall's casual, Nashville-inspired restaurants. Photo credit: Tristan Mosser. TV Chef Carla Hall Teams up with Drexel to Develop New Southern-Style Restaurant
    September 24, 2014

    Chef and TV personality Carla Hall plans to open a number of casual, Nashville-inspired restaurants called Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen, with the help of students from Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management. In a unique partnership, culinary and hospitality students at Drexel will work alongside Hall and her team to learn every aspect of opening a new restaurant and help develop the first location in New York City.

  • Clients of all ages are welcomed at Drexel's Psychological Services Center. Psychological Services Based on the Best Research
    September 24, 2014

    The new Psychological Services Center on Drexel's campus now offers high-quality, scientifically informed, affordable psychological services for the community and clinical training opportunities for doctoral students.

  • Nicol David US Open Squash Championships Return to Drexel This Fall
    September 22, 2014

    The most prestigious squash tournament in the United States returns to Drexel University this fall. The top players in the world will take the court at the Daskalakis Athletic Center from Oct. 9-18 to compete in the 2014 Delaware Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships.
  • The new Community Lawyering Clinic is located in Drexel’s Dana and David Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships. Drexel Law School Launches Free Legal Clinic for Residents of West Philadelphia
    September 22, 2014

    This fall, Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law launched a new Community Lawyering Clinic at Drexel’s Dana and David Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, located at 35th and Spring Garden Streets. The clinic provides law students with the opportunity to gain firsthand experience working with real clients, while empowering and serving the neighboring Mantua and Powelton Village communities of West Philadelphia.
  • Dean Roger Dennis, Thomas R. Kline and President John A. Fry (L-R) in Drexel University's Main Building. Photo credit: Ben Knisley. Drexel University’s School of Law Receives Unprecedented $50 Million Gift from Thomas R. Kline
    September 17, 2014

    Drexel University’s School of Law will be named the Thomas R. Kline School of Law in honor of a landmark $50 million gift that will transform legal education at Drexel for generations to come, Drexel President John A. Fry announced today. The commitment by Kline, one of the nation’s most respected and influential trial lawyers and a champion of the elevation of trial advocacy training for law students, marks the largest single gift in the University’s history.
  • Instructor Bob Ambrose shows hospitality management major Andres Roos a reel strip from one of the slot machines in the Dennis Gomes Memorial Casino Training Lab. Drexel Dedicates Casino Training Lab to the Late Gaming Visionary Dennis Gomes
    September 16, 2014

    The new casino training lab in Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management will be named the Dennis Gomes Memorial Casino Training Lab after the late gaming visionary, with the support of the Gomes family. A dedication ceremony will take place in the lab, which is located in Drexel’s Paul Peck Problem-Solving Building (101 N. 33rd St.), on Monday, Oct. 6 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Image of David Unruh, senior vice president for Institutional Advancement at Drexel GG+A’s David L. Unruh to Lead Drexel’s Institutional Advancement Efforts
    September 16, 2014

    Drexel University has appointed David L. Unruh, currently a senior vice president with Grenzebach Glier and Associates (GG+A), as senior vice president for Institutional Advancement at Drexel. He will begin his new position at the University on Nov. 1.

  • In Drexel's new “Fundamentals of Beer” course, students and the general public can learn about the fastest-growing segment of the hospitality industry. Drexel’s New Beer Course is Open to the Public
    September 15, 2014

    A new fall in a new class, “Fundamentals of Beer,” in Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, will be open to the public, including industry professionals and serious laypeople.
  • A piece from late Philadelphia artist Bill Walton's 'Quarter Turn Series,' which belongs to fellow artist Jane Irish. Drexel Exhibits Works by Beloved Late Philadelphia Artist Bill Walton, Shared by Fellow Artists
    September 15, 2014

    “Bill Walton, artist to artist” will be on display in the URBN Center Annex’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert St.) of the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design from Tuesday, Oct. 7 to Friday, Dec. 5. The gallery is free and open to the public Tuesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

  • An image of feet with arrows symbolizing directions of a life course Autism Institute to Launch Life Course Outcomes Research Initiatives
    September 10, 2014

    The A.J. Drexel Autism Institute has received a grant of $3.6 million to launch four major initiatives of its Life Course Outcomes research program, focused on understanding and improving quality of life issues for people on the autism spectrum at all ages.
  • Graduate student Nancy Volpe Berlinger collaborated with a scientist to create colorful, shape-shifting garments that reflect the ever-changing nature of the immune system. Research on the Runway: Drexel Fashion Designers Team Up with Scientists for Descience Competition
    September 9, 2014

    Eight students and alumni from Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design are among 61 fashion designers who were chosen to participate in the first-ever Descience Fashion Competition. The national competition matches designers with scientists to create garments that reflect scientific advances. The competition will culminate with a fashion show featuring the collaborative creations at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Monday, Sept. 29.

  • Rendering of some of the Innovation Neighborhood Drexel Seeks Master Developer for Innovation Neighborhood
    September 5, 2014

    Drexel has retained JLL to advise in the selection of a master developer for its ambitious Innovation Neighborhood plan for Philadelphia’s University City. The master developer will have exclusive rights to plan and develop approximately 10 acres of urban, transit-oriented real estate. Anchoring University City’s Innovation District, the project has a capacity to exceed more than five million square feet of mixed-use development.
  • Kenneth Lacovara, PhD, stands in his lab among the bones of the exceptionally complete dinosaur skeleton he discovered in Patagonia. Introducing Dreadnoughtus: A Gigantic, Exceptionally Complete Sauropod Dinosaur
    September 4, 2014

    A Drexel-led team has described a new dinosaur species with the most complete skeleton ever found of one of the largest animals to ever walk the Earth. At 85 feet (26 m) long and weighing about 65 tons (59,300 kg) in life, Dreadnoughtus schrani is the largest land animal for which a body mass can be accurately calculated.

  • Rendering of Jewish Center Raymond G. Perelman to Name Center for Jewish Life at Drexel
    September 3, 2014

    Renowned Philadelphia area philanthropist Raymond G. Perelman has pledged $6 million for the construction of a Center for Jewish Life at Drexel. The new facility, which is expected to open in the fall of 2016, will be named the Raymond G. Perelman Center for Jewish Life and will be located on N. 34th Street.
  • "Keys to the Collection" launches a game environment of the Barnes' beloved, world-renowned art collection Jump Inside Virtual Paintings at the Barnes and Explore with a New App Created by Drexel
    August 27, 2014

    Drexel University’s School of Education created a new, interactive mobile application for young visitors of the Barnes Foundation. Using 3-D immersive graphics, the touch-screen app, entitled “Keys to the Collection,” launches a game environment of the Barnes’ beloved, world-renowned art collection. The app turns a visit to the Barnes into a game or can be used to explore the Barnes virtually from anywhere.
  • Dana Bloom, an undergraduate culinary arts major in Drexel's Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, tests recipes in the Drexel Food Lab. Drexel Food Lab Concocts Recipes to Prevent Waste at Local Homeless Shelter, Supermarkets and More
    August 27, 2014

    The Drexel Food Lab is a student-run group, created in January 2014 in Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, that aims to solve real-world problems through developing recipes and food products.
  • The Lancaster Ave. Jazz and Arts Festival is hosted annually by the People’s Emergency Center (PEC), a leading civic organization in the area. Why Aren’t Artists Transforming Mantua and Powelton the Way They Did Fishtown or Northern Liberties?
    August 21, 2014

    A surprisingly high concentration of established artists live in the Mantua, Powelton Village and West Powelton neighborhoods of West Philadelphia, according to a new study by a team of faculty and students from Drexel University. So why aren’t artists transforming those neighborhoods the way they did Fishtown or Northern Liberties? A number of reasons, according to the report, which outlines the challenges faced by artists and organizations in the area, including low public investment, the lack of a support network, a need for stronger connections between artists and the community and a lack of centralized communications efforts. The report also outlines proposed action steps to address these challenges.
  • Start Talking Science Philadelphia 2014 Drexel Professor Creates Start Talking Science Event
    August 12, 2014

    Philadelphians will soon get their newest opportunity to meet local scientists and learn about exciting advances in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the region, through an event created by a Drexel professor, called “Start Talking Science.”
  • A northern pine snake near the edge of an asphalt road in New Jersey. Credit: Dane Ward Roadside Research from the New Jersey Pinelands and Coast to Coast
    August 12, 2014

    Three doctoral students from Drexel's Laboratory of Pinelands Research are presenting their work with northern pine snakes and the Pine Barrens gentian at the Ecological Society of America meeting, after doing some new roadside research during their cross-country drive to Sacramento.
  • Local students attend PECO-Drexel STEM Camp Local Middle Schoolers Build a Bridge, Blow up a Watermelon and More at PECO-Drexel STEM Camp
    August 8, 2014

    Nearly 25 local rising fifth graders interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) built a bridge, blew up a watermelon and made ice cream, as part of a Summer STEM Camp from July 28 – August 1, the third and final week of the camp this summer. The camp is hosted by Drexel University's School of Education and funded by a grant from PECO.
  • Drexel hospitality management student Matt Sandrowski shows a classmate how to make his mother’s carrot cake recipe Drexel Students and Neighborhood Residents Work Side-by-Side to Keep Local Culinary Traditions Alive
    July 30, 2014

    A new class, called “Local Culinary Traditions,” in Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management aims to keep family food traditions – and the stories behind them – alive. Funded by a $50,000 grant from GlaxoSmithKline, the class is intended to document culinary traditions in the West Philadelphia community and to teach people how to make those homemade dishes healthier.
  • Abstract wood sculpture by Jeremy Holmes Installation Artist Jeremy Holmes Makes Philadelphia Debut with his Largest Abstract Wood Sculpture Yet
    July 21, 2014

    A massive ribbon-like wood sculpture by installation artist Jeremy Holmes will be on display from Wednesday, Aug. 6 – Sunday, Sept. 28 as part of an exhibition designed by the artist specifically for Drexel University’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery. While Holmes’ site-specific bent wood installations generally vary in length from 12 feet to a quarter-mile long, this will be his largest installation yet. The exhibition, entitled ‘Convergence,’ marks Holmes’ Philadelphia debut.
  • Faculty on Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers List
    July 7, 2014

    Three Drexel University faculty members earned the distinction of being ranked among the most cited researchers in their respective fields according to Thomson Reuters’ “Highly Cited Researchers 2014” list. Gordon Richards, PhD, a professor in theCollege of Arts and Sciences, Yury Gogotsi, PhD, Distinguished University and Trustee Chair professor in the College of Engineering, and Peter DeCarlo, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences, were included on the list of 3,215 distinguished researchers compiled by the international media and information company.
  • Philly Geek Awards Drexel Faculty, Students Among 2014 Philly Geek Awards Nominees
    July 7, 2014

    The annual Philadelphia Geek Awards have once again recognized the work of Drexel University’s faculty and students as some of the best examples of the city’s vibrant geek community over the past year.

  • James Buehler, MD Drexel Professor James W. Buehler Appointed City of Philadelphia Health Commissioner
    June 27, 2014

    In an announcement of multiple changes in his senior administration today, Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter has appointed James Buehler, MD, a professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy in the Drexel University School of Public Health, as the city’s new Health Commissioner.
  • Image of the Drexel Department of Public Safety Communications Center  Accreditation Assessors to Visit Drexel
    June 27, 2014

    A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), will visit Drexel from July 13 to July 16, to evaluate all aspects of the Drexel University Public Safety Communications Center’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services.
  • Google search trends for the term "autism" from 2010 through 2014, showing peaks in searches in April of each year. Awareness Month Spurs Web Searches for Autism
    June 26, 2014

    Autism Awareness Month each April brings blue lights and blue ribbons out to shine in many communities – but does it actually lead to increased autism awareness? According to a new analysis of web search trends by researchers at Drexel University, it does appear to drive an increase in Google searches for autism – by a third over searches in March in recent years.
  • View of a highway from the driver's seat First Study Asks Autistic Adults about Driving Experiences
    June 26, 2014

    In the first pilot study asking adults on the autism spectrum about their experiences with driving, researchers at Drexel University found significant differences in self-reported driving behaviors and perceptions of driving ability in comparison to non-autistic adults. As the population of adults with autism continues growing rapidly, the survey provides a first step toward identifying whether this population has unmet needs for educational supports to empower safe driving – a key element of independent functioning in many people’s lives.

  • ic@3401 New Company Joins Innovation Center @3401
    June 25, 2014

    What happens when you mix a mid-size tech company, high-tech startup companies and an accelerator program like DreamIt Ventures? Organizers of the new Innovation Center @3401 (ic@3401) are betting that assembling the key elements of the entrepreneurial ecosystem on a small scale in one location will help boost innovation, collaboration and business creation in Philadelphia.
  • Photo of Stanley Silverman and Donna De Carolis Silverman Donates $2 Million for Close School Dean Professorship
    June 25, 2014

    Two-time Drexel alumnus Stanley W. Silverman '69, '74 and his wife, Jackie, have donated $2 million to endow The Silverman Family Professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership. The professorship will be held by Donna De Carolis, founding dean of Drexel University’s Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship.
  • Tetris on Cira Centre Cira Tetris Game Sets Guinness World Record
    June 24, 2014

    Drexel University’s Frank Lee, PhD, has officially outdone himself. The man behind this spring’s giant game of Tetris® --played on the north and south sides of Brandywine Realty Trust’s Cira Centre skyscraper-- replaced his own name in the Guinness World Records ledger as the creator of the world’s “largest architectural videogame display.”
  • Drexel Sociologist’s New Book Explores the Double-Edged Sword of “The Age of Aluminum”
    June 20, 2014

    From Coca-Cola cans to Apollo 11 to the Empire State Building, aluminum can be found almost anywhere you look. But are there unseen costs associated with this ubiquitous metal? In a new book, Drexel University’s Mimi Sheller, PhD, explores how aluminum enabled a high-speed, gravity-defying American modernity even as other parts of the world paid the price in environmental damage and political turmoil.
  • A new study from Drexel University found that the majority of young people are not aware of the legal ramifications of underage sexting Majority of Minors Engage in Sexting, Unaware of Harsh Legal Consequences
    June 18, 2014

    Sexting among youth is more prevalent than previously thought, according to a new study from Drexel University that was based on a survey of undergraduate students at a large northeastern university. More than 50 percent of those surveyed reported that they had exchanged sexually explicit text messages, with or without photographic images, as minors. The study also found that the majority of young people are not aware of the legal ramifications of underage sexting.
  • Image of the exterior of the University City High School Drexel and Wexford Purchase University City High School Site
    June 16, 2014

    Drexel University City Development, LLC, the joint venture between Drexel and Wexford Science & Technology, LLC, officially closed today on the purchase of a 14-acre site from the School District of Philadelphia that formerly housed the University City High School, the Charles Drew Elementary School and The Walnut Center.

  • Dana and David Dornsife together with Drexel representatives and the Lindy family cut the ribbon. Dornsife Center Grand Opening
    June 12, 2014

    Drexel University celebrated the grand opening of the Dana and David Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships on Thursday, June 12 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the dedication of the Lindy House and tours of the site for the community.

  • Rendering of the expanded Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center (new wing on left) Drexel Breaks Ground to Expand 11th Street Health Center in North Philadelphia
    June 6, 2014

    Drexel broke ground for a major expansion of its nurse-managed health center in North Philadelphia. Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke was on hand for the ceremonial event with Drexel President John A. Fry, benefactors Stephen and Sandra Sheller, College of Nursing and Health Professions Dean Gloria Donnelly, PhD, 11th Street Director Patricia Gerrity, PhD, Drexel trustees, faculty and students, and staff, patients and community members at 11th Street.

  • In the Drexel team's experiments, flies died after an average of 5.8 days when consuming a diet of the sweetener erythritol. Drexel Scientists Find Common Sweetener is a Safe Insecticide
    June 4, 2014

    In a study that began as a sixth-grade science fair project, researchers at Drexel University have found that a popular non-nutritive sweetener, erythritol, may be an effective and human-safe insecticide. Erythritol, the main component of the sweetener Truvia®, was toxic to Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies in a dose-dependent manner in the Drexel team’s study, published in PLOS ONE. The flies consumed erythritol when sugar was available and even seemed to prefer it. No other sweeteners tested had these toxic effects.

  • Autism rates were about double in children born to mothers who took an SSRI during pregnancy, compared to children of mothers who didn't -- but overall rates were extremely low in both groups. In Utero Exposure to Antidepressants May Influence Autism Risk
    June 2, 2014

    A new study from researchers at Drexel University adds evidence that using common antidepressant medications during pregnancy may contribute to a higher risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children, although this risk is still very small.