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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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  • Exterior of Gerri C. LeBow Hall Finanical Times Ranks LeBow Online MBA in Top 15
    March 10, 2014

    Drexel University's Online MBA program in the LeBow College of Business has been ranked 14th best in the world by Financial Times; it is the only online MBA program in Pennsylvania to make the Top 15.
  • St. Baldrick's event Drexel Fraternity Brothers to Shave Heads
    March 7, 2014

    Drexel University’s Sigma Phi Epsilon will host its biggest annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraising and head shaving event this year in the hopes of raising $55,000, more than any past event held by the fraternity, for children’s cancer research.

  • Rube Goldberg device Philadelphia Science Festival Rube Goldberg Kick Off
    March 6, 2014

    A team of 45 Drexel University freshmen engineering students are creating a simple plan to break the world record for a most-elaborate machine. As part of the Philadelphia Science Festival, the students, with the support of The Franklin Institute, Dow Chemical and several local partner organizations are trying to take down a two-year-old Guinness World Record for the largest Rube Goldberg machine –a cartoonish device that uses multiple, often absurdly over-engineered reactions, to complete a simple task.
  • Drexel student Rina Patel with children in India Drexel student launches non-profit Aahana
    February 24, 2014

    During a trip to her parents’ homeland of India, Rina Patel witnessed the pain of a starving woman carrying her crying baby and the suffering of four orphaned siblings. This experience together with the stories she had been told about her own parents’ childhoods forever changed her life. A student in Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business, Patel wanted to help underprivileged women and children in India. For that reason she established Aahana, a non-profit organization that recently received 501(c)(3) status from the U.S. Government.

  • cybersecurity Drexel University Launches Cybersecurity Institute
    February 24, 2014

    Pulling from its many resources in online data management and protection, Drexel University is opening a cybersecurity institute to address national cyber-based threats and prepare the next generation of cybersecurity leaders. The Drexel University Cybersecurity Institute, which occupies a 4,000 square-foot space on the third floor of the Science Center Building at 3401 Market St., will serve as a center for research, teaching and training; and a cybersecurity resource for industry, government and the military.
  • 11th Street Health Center to Expand With Sheller Gift to Meet the Future of Primary Health Care
    February 21, 2014

    Drexel University will begin a major expansion of its nurse-managed health center which is nationally recognized as a model of integrated care. With a new gift of $2.5 million from the Sheller Family Foundation, the center at 850 N. 11th Street will break ground for a new wing this spring, with the expanded building to be renamed the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center.
  • Museum stories are written from a child's perspective and describe each exhibit in terms of sensation. This story describes two skeletons on the second floor of Dinosaur Hall that children are allowed to touch. Museum Stories at the Academy of Natural Sciences for Children on the Autism Spectrum
    February 20, 2014

    As part of an initiative aimed at making a visit to the science museum as stress-free, fun and educational as possible for children on the autism spectrum, families and teachers now can access “museum stories” on the Academy’s website. The museum stories are a pre-visit tool to prepare children for what they might experience in the museum, where loud noises, unfamiliar sights, bright and dark rooms, and unpredictable live animals may cause discomfort and stress.

  • Drexel Awarded $1.45 Million UTeach Grant to Recruit, Train New Teachers in STEM Disciplines
    February 17, 2014

    Drexel University has been selected to receive a $1.45 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative to replicate the UTeach program, a secondary STEM teacher preparation initiative that is helping address the nation’s STEM education crisis by producing qualified math and science teachers across the country.
  • New Initiative at Drexel Provides Pro-Bono Editing Services to Local Nonprofits
    February 12, 2014

    Drexel Edits, a new initiative launched by Lawrence Souder, PhD, an associate teaching professor in the Department of Culture and Communication at Drexel University, provides pro-bono editing services to area nonprofit organizations who need help with communications efforts that are essential to achieving their mission. Supported by the College of Arts and Sciences, Drexel Edits recruits volunteer editors from Drexel students, graduates and associates who want to give back to the community.
  • Mariana Chilton, PhD Mariana Chilton Appointed to National Commission on Hunger
    February 12, 2014

    Mariana Chilton, PhD, an associate professor in the School of Public Health, was appointed to the National Commission on Hunger. As  part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (H.R.3547), the 10-member commission focuses on developing new innovative methods to help solve the looming concern of hunger in the U.S.

  • The museum-quality collection of more than 12,000 garments and accessories dates back centuries Explore Florals in Fashion at the Drexel Historic Costume Collection’s “Style Saturday” Event
    February 11, 2014

    Fashion journalists heralded the return of floral prints and motifs for spring 2014 – but did they ever really go away? From the rococo rose to the pop art daisy, floral motifs have been a perennial favorite. On March 8, Drexel University’s Historic Costume Collection, a treasure trove of textiles and garments spanning more than 200 years, is once again opening its doors to the public with “In Bloom: The Fashion for Florals,” the next installment in a series of quarterly events which include an educational seminar on a particular aspect of fashion history and a specialized viewing of the collection.

  • Ira M. Lubert, Drexel's Business Leader of the Year Ira Lubert Named Drexel's 2014 Business Leader of the Year
    February 6, 2014

    Real estate investment guru Ira M. Lubert, co-founder of Independent Capital Partners, a family of private equity and real estate investment funds, is Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business’ 60th Business Leader of the Year. He will be honored at a luncheon attended by hundreds of Greater Philadelphia’s top executives on Feb. 27.
  • Wearable Power wins NSF Science Engineering Visualization Challenge
    February 6, 2014

    The team of Drexel University engineers who came up with a way to knit an energy storage device have now been recognized by the National Science Foundation for their skill in showing how they did it.
  • Flamenco Superstars Israel and Pastora Galvan Will Perform at Drexel as Part of 2014 Philadelphia Flamenco Festival
    February 5, 2014

    Internationally renowned flamenco superstars Israel Galvan and Pastora Galvan will make their Philadelphia debut at Drexel University from Thursday – Sunday, March 13 – 16, as part of the 2014 Philadelphia Flamenco Festival.
  • “Welcome to Campus: Not Your Ordinary College Tour” is a co-production by Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and Philadelphia’s avant-garde Swim Pony Performing Arts theater company. Photo credit: C. Shan Cerrone. Drexel and Swim Pony Take Theater to the Streets with “Welcome to Campus” Show
    February 5, 2014

    Most college tours will show you the dorms, the dining hall, the library – but what if a tour could give you a glimpse of what college is really like? Of the excitement, heartbreak and soul-searching that actually goes on during those life-changing years? “Welcome to Campus: Not Your Ordinary College Tour,” a co-production by Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and Philadelphia’s avant-garde Swim Pony Performing Arts theater company, brings those highs and lows of young adulthood to life through an interactive theatrical tour experience.

  • Tianna Gaines-Turner, a participant in Drexel's Witnesses to Hunger program, speaks with Senator Bob Casey, who invited her to attend the State of the Union address. Drexel Program Participant Tianna Gaines-Turner Gets a Seat at the State of the Union
    January 27, 2014

    Tianna Gaines-Turner, a low-income mother of three children from North Philadelphia, will attend the State of the Union address as a guest of Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey on Jan. 28, the Senator announced today. Her attendance marks a new achievement of a Drexel program raising the voices of families living in poverty to gain a place in the national conversation.

  • Behr appointed police chief at Drexel
    January 23, 2014

    Former Montgomery County Sheriff Eileen Behr officially started her tenure on Jan. 7 as Drexel University’s director of Police Operations.
  • Democratic Candidates Seeking Gubernatorial Nomination to Debate at Drexel University in May
    January 16, 2014

    The Democratic City Committee and Drexel University will host a debate among the democratic gubernatorial candidates vying for the chance to challenge incumbent Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett in the November election.

  • An original product design by Bonnie Mackay Former MoMA, Bloomingdales Executive Bonnie Mackay to Discuss Diversity and Inclusion in Fashion Design
    January 16, 2014

    Bonnie Mackay, former marketing director at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and fashion director at Bloomingdales, will join Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. for a discussion about diversity and inclusion in fashion, product design and brand development. The presentation will be held in the URBN Annex Screening Room (3401 Filbert St.). It is free and open to the public.
  • Innovative Partnership Brings a Drexel University Education to Montgomery County Community College
    January 14, 2014

    Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) and Drexel University (Drexel) have entered into a bold and innovative partnership that will build a pipeline of qualified graduates for high demand jobs in the region, especially in the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and health sciences, among others.
  • Barry Furrow directs Drexel's Health Law Program Drexel Experts to Explore and Critique American Health Care at Upcoming Book Event
    January 14, 2014

    President Obama’s historic health care law, the Affordable Care Act, went into effect on Jan. 1, dramatically altering the nation's health care landscape. Amidst the rollout of the embattled law, Drexel University’s School of Law will host a book signing and discussion with nationally known health law scholars Robert I. Field, PhD, and Barry R. Furrow. The event will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in the law school’s Room 140 (3320 Market St.). It is free and open to the public. 
    ***UPDATE: This event has been postponed due to inclement weather. It will now take place Thursday, Jan. 30 from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in Room 140.
  • Bullets to Ballet: Veteran Combat Photographer’s Dance Photos on Display at Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Festival
    January 13, 2014

    After 30 years of filming and photographing the world’s most violent wars and conflicts, award-winning British combat photographer Sebastian Rich turned his lens to something more beautiful but no less powerful – the world of dance. From Sunday, Jan. 26 – Saturday, Feb. 8, an exhibit of Rich’s dance photographs will be on display as part of the 42nd annual Dance on Camera Film Festival, part of the Lincoln Center Film Festival. Following the Dance on Camera festival, “Bullets to Ballet” will come to Drexel’s URBN Center Lobby from Feb. 10 – Feb. 21.

  • Fossil Find Shows Fish Hips Grew Strong Before Life's First Steps
    January 13, 2014

    The discovery of new fossil materials from the ancient fish species Tiktaalik roseae has revealed a key link in the evolution of hind limbs. The newly described, well-preserved pelves and partial pelvic fin from this 375 million-year-old transitional species between fish and the first legged animals, reveals that the evolution of hind legs actually began as enhanced hind fins, contrary to the existing theory that large hind legs developed after vertebrates transitioned to land.
  • Philadelphia Designated as a Promise Zone, Drexel Plays Key Role
    January 9, 2014

    The City of Philadelphia was one of three cities and a total of five areas selected for a Promise Zone designation, a federal initiative to accelerate revitalization efforts in targeted areas. The Promise Zone initiative is led by the White House with support from federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice. 

  • Bossone Drexel Ventures Selects Inaugural Proof-of-Concept Projects
    January 9, 2014

    In its first round of proof-of-concept funding, Drexel Ventures -the University’s new technology accelerator and transfer enterprise- is supporting research that could lead to improved solar cells, new drug therapy for treatment of Parkinson’s Disease, safer chemicals for oil extraction and smarter software system monitoring. Investigators for each project will receive $100,000, from Drexel’s Innovation Fund to show that their research could lead to the creation of a commercially viable product.
  • GPS Traffic Maps for Leatherback Turtles Show Hotspots to Prevent Accidental Fishing Deaths
    January 8, 2014

    The leatherback turtle in the Pacific Ocean is one of the most endangered animals in the world. Its population has declined by more than 90 percent since 1980. One of the greatest sources of mortality is industrial longlines that set thousands of hooks in the ocean to catch fish, but sometimes catch sea turtles as well. Using modern GPS technology, researchers are now able to predict where fisheries and turtles will interact and to reduce the unwanted capture of turtles by fishermen.
  • Drexel Study Finds an Entire Day Calories Saturated Fat and Sodium in an Average Restaurant Meal
    January 8, 2014

    Consumers tend to think of sit-down restaurants as offering healthier options than fast-food venues but there is little evidence to support that idea. In a new study of nutritional values for menu items at sit-down chain restaurants in the Philadelphia region, Drexel researchers determined the healthfulness of food in various menu categories, including the restaurants’ “healthy choice” offerings. They report that an average restaurant meal is not very healthy at all.
  • Raw to Refined: A New Art Exhibition Puts Unconventional Materials on Display at Drexel
    January 7, 2014

    “Raw to Refined: String, Tape, Sponges and Vinyl,” a new exhibition of artwork created with unconventional materials, will open at Drexel University’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert St.) on Tuesday, Jan. 14 and run through Friday, March 21. The gallery is free and open to the public Tuesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

  • Drexel Opens New App Development Lab with Gift from Bentley Systems
    January 7, 2014

    While many college students are attached to their smartphones, students at Drexel University are just as likely to be spending their screen time programming the next great app. Drexel students have already launched apps that help users explore museums, find scholarships or get involved on campus. Now, thanks to a generous gift from Bentley Systems, the University has established an Application Development Laboratory (APP Lab) that will provide a dedicated space for students across the university to meet with each other, faculty and external entrepreneurs to collaborate on designing and producing mobile applications.
  • Paperwasps in Different Castes Develop Different-Sized Sensory Brain Structures
    January 6, 2014

    A queen in a paperwasp colony largely stays in the dark. The worker wasps, who fly outside to seek food and building materials, see much more of the world around them. A new study led by Drexel professor Sean O'Donnell, PhD, indicates that the brain regions involved in sensory perception also develop differently in these castes, according to the different behavioral reliance on the senses.
  • Not Just the Koch Brothers: New Drexel Study Reveals Funders Behind the Climate Change Denial Effort
    December 20, 2013

    A new study conducted by Drexel University environmental sociologist Robert J. Brulle, PhD, exposes the organizational underpinnings and funding behind the powerful climate change countermovement. This study marks the first peer-reviewed, comprehensive analysis ever conducted of the sources of funding that maintain the denial effort. Through an analysis of the financial structure of the organizations that constitute the core of the countermovement and their sources of monetary support, Brulle found that, while the largest and most consistent funders behind the countermovement are a number of well-known conservative foundations, the majority of donations are “dark money,” or concealed funding.

  • Bruce Levine How Can Businesses Help Young People Thrive? Drexel’s School of Education Partners with America’s Promise Alliance to Find Out
    December 17, 2013

    What if businesses could respond in real-time to schools’ needs for supplies, or offered extensive shadowing or internship programs to introduce students to career opportunities? To encourage greater impacts from collaboration between the business sector and local K-12 educational institutions, Drexel University’s School of Education partnered with America’s Promise Alliance to host the first-ever “Business-Community Innovation Lab” in Drexel’s Washington, D.C. office last month.

  • A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment Drexel Opens A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment
    December 16, 2013

    Drexel University is opening a new research institute that will strive to answer some of the most challenging questions about energy and environmental sustainability facing the nation today. The A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment will look at the science, economics and politics that influence decisions about energy and the environment; and serve as a resource for decision makers both in the region and around the world.
  • Drexel Ends Fundraising Campaign Early, Surpasses Goal
    December 13, 2013

    Seven months before its scheduled closing date Drexel University President John A. Fry announced the conclusion of the University’s comprehensive fundraising campaign, “Dream It. Do It. Drexel. A Campaign for the Future.” The campaign’s public phase was launched in November 2011 with a goal of reaching $400 million and was expected to conclude in June 2014, but ended early with its goal already exceeded by $55 million.
  • 3401 innovation hub Drexel, University City Science Center and DreamIt Ventures Partner to Foster Innovation in Philadelphia
    December 11, 2013

    Drexel University, the University City Science Center and DreamIt Ventures are on a mission to support innovators and entrepreneurs in the Philadelphia region and have formed a strategic partnership that creates a hub for start-ups to test their wings and the capital that will support their continued growth.
  • Derek Gillman Steps Down as Executive Director and President of The Barnes Foundation, Joins Drexel University
    December 4, 2013

    The Board of Trustees of the Barnes Foundation announced that Derek Gillman will be stepping down as executive director and president of the Barnes Foundation effective January 1, 2014, to become a distinguished visiting professor at Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.
  • Witnesses to Hunger 5 Year Anniversary
    December 3, 2013

    Since 2008, the “Witnesses to Hunger” program at the Drexel University School of Public Health has sought to bring the true experts -- those with first-hand experience -- into the conversation about hunger and poverty by equipping caregivers of young children with digital cameras to document hunger and poverty. Participants from the program's five sites will reunite at Drexel on Dec. 11 to celebrate and reflect on the program's achievements to date, and on the work still to be done to address endemic hunger and poverty in American communities. A photo exhibit will be open to the public for three days.
  • Bo Klua SEED Lab Receives Gates Foundation Grant
    November 26, 2013

    A team of students from Drexel's College of Engineering, led by Alexander J. Moseson, PhD, an assistant teaching professor in the College and director of the Sustainable Engineering and Entrepreneurship for Development (SEED) Lab are among the latest recipients of a Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Grand Challenge Explorations initiative, which funds innovative global health and development research, will help the team continue its work to create transformative farming tools for female smallhold farmers in Thailand.

     

  • Drexel and Delaware County Community College Establish Drexel@DCCC
    November 25, 2013

    A new innovative agreement between Delaware County Community College and Drexel University will establish Drexel@DCCC, a program that will allow students from the College to earn a degree from Drexel without ever leaving the College’s campus. Drexel President John A. Fry and College President Jerry Parker signed the agreement on Nov. 22 during a ceremony at Delaware County Community College’s Main Campus.
  • Frantz Massenat Men's Basketball NIT Tip-Off MSG
    November 22, 2013

    Drexel’s men’s basketball team will take the court at Madison Square Garden over the holiday to compete against some of the top teams in the nation at the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament Season Tip-Off. The Dragons will face Arizona on Wednesday, Nov. 27 and will play either Duke or Alabama on Nov. 29. Both games will be aired on the ESPN family of networks.
  • Cira Pong Pong on Cira Centre Named Guinness World Record
    November 18, 2013

    The dream of Drexel associate professor Frank Lee, PhD, that came to fruition in the form of a 29-story video game –Pong- played on the north facade of Brandywine Realty Tust’s Cira Centre is now a world record. Guinness World Records officially recognized the event, which was held on April 19 and 24 as part of Philly Tech Week, as the “largest architectural videogame display.”
  • Consumers Order a Less Unhealthy Meal When the Menu Has Nutritional Labeling
    November 18, 2013

    An evaluation team led by the Drexel University School of Public Health has published a new study demonstrating that customers of full-service restaurants use nutritional labeling on menus to make healthier food choices. The customers who reported they used labels purchased 400 fewer calories (representing a relative difference of 20 percent), 370 milligrams less sodium and 10 grams less saturated fat than the overall average.
  • 2013 CAA Champs Men's Soccer Wins 2013 CAA Championship
    November 17, 2013

    Drexel's men's soccer team used an early goal and a sterling defensive performance to bring home its first Colonial Athletic Association title with a 1-0 victory over William & Mary at Vidas Field. Freshman defender Jameson Detweiler's first-half goal proved to be the difference in the tightly contested match.
  • Men's Soccer Men's Soccer CAA Advances to Championship
    November 15, 2013

    With a dramatic victory over Delaware in the semifinals of the CAA Tournament Drexel’s men’s soccer team earned its first trip to the title game of the Colonial Athletic Association Championship. The Dragons will face William & Mary for the championship at 4 p.m. on Sunday at Vidas Field.

  • A New Exhibition Designed by Drexel Students Takes Visitors Behind the Scenes of the Pa. Ballet’s The Nutcracker
    November 12, 2013

    A new exhibition designed by Drexel University students takes visitors behind the curtain of one of Philadelphia’s most beloved holiday traditions, the Pennsylvania  Ballet’s annual presentation of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. On display from Nov. 14, – Jan. 31 in the Philadelphia History Museum’s Community History Gallery, Behind the Scenes of The Nutcracker tells the story of The Nutcracker’s 45 year history in Philadelphia.

  • Drexel, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Hebew University Launch Research Consortium
    November 11, 2013

    The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia CEO Steven M. Altschuler, Drexel President John A. Fry and Hebrew University of Jerusalem President Menahem Ben-Sasson signed a research agreement today as part of Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s trade mission to Israel. The research partnership is designed to focus on pediatric translational research and to develop a collaborative platform for advancing pediatric medicine from the lab to the bedside.
  • Jared Girard Mens Soccer 2013 CAA Tournament
    November 11, 2013

    Drexel’s men’s soccer team will vie for its first Colonial Athletic Association title this week as the top-seeded Dragons host the CAA Tournament at Vidas Field. Drexel will face its rival Delaware in the semifinals on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. Tickets for the tournament are free with a valid student ID.

     

  • solar panel Drexel and Penn Engineers Team Up to Develop New Materials For Solar Cells
    November 11, 2013

    For solar panels, wringing every drop of energy from as many photons as possible is imperative.  This goal has sent chemistry, materials science and electronic engineering researchers on a quest to boost the energy-absorption efficiency of photovoltaic devices, but existing techniques are now running up against limits set by the laws of physics. 

  • Drexel Auctions off Once-in-a-Lifetime Experiences on eBay to Support the Westphal College
    November 8, 2013

    Five nights on a yacht in the Caribbean, a 2014 Subaru Forester, a tattoo design by ambigram artist John Langdon of "The Da Vinci Code" fame and lunch with "The Simpsons" writer Mike Reiss at the 20th Century FOX Studios in Los Angeles are just a few of the items up for auction at Drexel University’s first eBay fundraising auction.

  • <i>(1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race</i> seeks to challenge narrow perceptions of what Blackness is and what it looks like New Book on Racial Identity by Dr. Yaba Blay to be Released on Black Friday with Launch Party at the Painted Bride
    November 4, 2013

    On Black Friday, Nov. 29, a new book on racial identity by Drexel University’s Dr. Yaba Blay, one of today’s leading voices on colorism and global skin color politics, will be released from Blay’s recently launched independent press, Black Print Press. To celebrate the release, a launch party will take place at The Painted Bride Art Center (230 Vine St.) on Nov. 29 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. A concurrent photography exhibition is currently on display at The Painted Bride through Dec. 21.