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Rosalind Remer, founding executive director of the Lenfest Center for Cultural Partnerships.

With $3 Million Gift to Drexel, Lenfest Foundation to Fund Student Co-op Jobs in Cultural Nonprofits

With a $3 million gift to Drexel University, the Lenfest Foundation will fund paid cooperative education jobs for students in the nonprofit cultural sector. In recognition of this generous gift, the University will name its Center for Cultural Partnerships in honor of Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest. The Center was established in 2015 to fortify cultural institutions like museums, libraries and historical societies and make their offerings and experiences more accessible to Drexel students.

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  • 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.
  • Drexel University's master of science degree in creativity and innovation is the only degree of its kind offered fully online. Can You Learn to be Creative? Drexel Master’s Degree Teaches Students to Create Eureka Moments
    May 31, 2014

    Preparing students to think like creative professionals is the goal of Drexel University Online’s master of science’s degree program in creativity and innovation, offered through the School of Education. While many colleges and universities are beginning to offer individual courses in creativity, Drexel’s master's degree program is one of only a few full creativity degree programs in the country. Drexel also offers graduate and undergraduate certificate programs in this subject.

  • Students participate in a science lab course in Drexel's Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building STEM Teaching Innovation, Mentoring at Drexel to Expand with HHMI Grant for Improving Undergraduate Retention
    May 29, 2014

    Drexel University has been awarded funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) of $1.2 million over five years to implement strategies intended to increase the retention of undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors. Drexel’s project is focused on the theme of developing communities that improve student learning and faculty use of teaching approaches that improve retention.
  • Philadelphia Aerial View Amtrak, Drexel and Brandywine Select Team to Develop Joint Master Plan
    May 27, 2014

    Amtrak, Drexel University and Brandywine Realty Trust have selected Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), in association with Parsons Brinckerhoff, OLIN, and HR&A Advisors to develop a comprehensive joint master plan for the area around Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station.

  • Fulbright Scholars 2014 Drexel Students Offered Fulbright Grants
    May 22, 2014

    For the second consecutive year a record-breaking seven Drexel students and alumni have been offered study and research grants by the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
  • Drexel seal, commencement stage Drexel Announces 2014 Honorary Degree Recipients
    May 22, 2014

    More than 5,000 students will graduate from Drexel University at its 127th Commencement on June 13 and 14 in five separate ceremonies. Drexel will award 20 honorary degrees to prominent individuals distinguished in their fields including NBC News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell, legendary architect Robert A.M. Stern and MIT professor Robert Langer—the most cited engineer in history.

  • Daniel Korschun, assistant professor at Drexel's LeBow College of Business Corporate Social Responsibility Leads to Better Customer Service
    May 21, 2014

    Currently accepted wisdom in the corporate world is that in order to motivate frontline employees who serve customers, corporations need to increase their salary, make them feel more positive about the company, or give them more explicit instructions on how to interact with customers. A new study led by Drexel University’s Daniel Korschun, PhD, an assistant professor at the LeBow College of Business, examines how frontline employees respond to corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities such as charitable giving, environmental programs and ethical practices.

  • Students of the Close School at eBay headquarters Close School Announces Degrees
    May 20, 2014

    Drexel University’s Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship has announced the launch of a bachelor's degree program in entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as three entrepreneurship minors, including social entrepreneurship, health innovations and energy innovation.The Close School is the first freestanding school of entrepreneurship in the nation outside of a business school to offer its own degrees.

  • U.S. Labor Secretary to Speak at Drexel Law Commencement
    May 19, 2014

    U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez will speak at the sixth commencement ceremony for Drexel University’s School of Law on Wednesday, May 21.
  • belly band prototype Drexel Researchers Develop Smart Fabric Belly Band
    May 19, 2014

    Tummy snugging maternity wear could soon be giving expecting parents peace of mind in addition to stylishly securing waistlines. Researchers at Drexel University are combining fashion design with wireless technology to produce a belly band that will be able to monitor uterine contractions and fetal heart rate in real time.

  • Modern-Day Slavery Expert and Author E. Benjamin Skinner to Speak at Drexel
    May 15, 2014

    There are more slaves in the world today than at any time in history, according to human trafficking expert and author E. Benjamin Skinner in his book "A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery." Skinner will join Drexel University on Wednesday, May 28, to speak about global slavery and his experiences reporting from dozens of countries in which slavery flourishes.
  • Dan Etheridge Dan Etheridge Rankin Scholar in Residence
    May 14, 2014

    This May students in The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design will have the opportunity to study under one of the more innovative producers in television and film today. Dan Etheridge, Los Angeles-based producer most recently esteemed for turning out the Veronica Mars series and movie, will serve as one of Drexel University’s 2014 Rankin Scholars in Residence.
  • Rebekah Quasny puts the finishing touches on her collection to be shown at the annual senior fashion show. Senior Designs Hit the Runway at Drexel’s Annual Fashion Show, June 7
    May 13, 2014

    With influences ranging from a rainy night in Paris to art nouveau and marine life, the collections of 32 graduating fashion design students will hit the runway at the Drexel University’s Annual Senior Fashion Show on Saturday, June 7, presented by the Fashion Design and Design & Merchandising programs in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.
  • A high-resolution digital image of the face of Kryptoglanis shajii A Tiny, Toothy Catfish with Bulldog Snout Defies Classification
    May 13, 2014

    Kryptoglanis shajii is a strange fish – and the closer scientists look, the stranger it gets. This small subterranean catfish sees the light of day and human observers only rarely, when it turns up in springs, wells and flooded rice paddies in the Western Ghats mountain region of Kerala, India. Scientists at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University have recently provided a detailed description of this fish's bizarre bone structures.
  • Crew 2014 Dad Vail Drexel Crew Repeats as Dad Vail Champs
    May 12, 2014

    Drawing on the depth of its performance as a team, Drexel Crew successfully defended its overall points title at the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta. The Dragons earned four medals and both the men’s and women’s teams placed third, but their combined point totals were enough to edge out Bucknell, Massachusetts and more than 100 other teams on the Schuylkill River in the largest collegiate regatta in the country.

     

  • Men's Lacrosse v. Penn(NCAA) Drexel Men's Lacrosse Tops Penn in NCAAs
    May 12, 2014

    Drexel scored three goals in a matter of 11 seconds just before halftime to seize momentum in a 16-11 NCAA Tournament win over University City rival Penn. The Dragons, winners of nine straight, led by as much as seven goals en route to a victory in their first appearance in the national tournament.

  • Last Chance to See 2014 World Press Photo Exhibition at Drexel
    May 9, 2014

    "Powerful images of conflict, hope and daily life” (Associated Press) are currently on display as part of an exhibition of nearly 150 prize-winning photos from the 57th Annual World Press Photo competition, the world’s largest and most prestigious annual international press photography contest, which made its United States debut at Drexel University.

  • 3101 Market Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment Seed Grants
    May 8, 2014

    Reducing carbon emissions, improving efficiency of the power grid and using ultrasound to treat contaminated water are just a few of the research goals being pursued by the first round of projects funded by the A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment. In all six projects received seed funding totaling $270,000 to investigate topics related to environmental protection and sustainability.
  • Rendering of The Study Hotel in University City Hospitality 3 to Build The Study Hotel at University City
    May 5, 2014

    Study Hotels, the unique lifestyle concept developed by Paul McGowan of Hospitality 3 to deliver high-quality, full-service lodging to university markets, is expanding to Philadelphia’s dynamic University City district.

  • Dana and David Dornsife and Shannon Marquez, PhD, with children and friends at Kechema Water Point in Ethiopia, a World Vision WASH project site. Drexel Establishes Dornsife Global Development Scholars Program
    May 5, 2014

    A new program leverages a partnership between Drexel and World Vision in 10 countries in eastern, western and southern Africa where World Vision and benefactors Dana and David Dornsife have ongoing water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects.
  • Men's Lacrosse Dragons Win CAA Lacrosse Championship
    May 3, 2014

    Rookie Cole Shafer gave Drexel its first Colonial Athletic Association Men's Lacrosse Championship with a goal in the triple overtime against Hofstra in the title game. The win punches Drexel's ticket to the NCAA Tournament.

  • Ryan Belka Lacrosse Beats Towson in CAA Semifinals
    May 1, 2014

    Trailing by three goals in the fourth quarter, Drexel Men’s Lacrosse rallied to a 11-10 victory in overtime against Towson in the semifinals of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. Junior Ryan Belka scored the game-winner a minute and 27 seconds into overtime. The Dragons will face Hofstra on Saturday, May 3 for the CAA title.

  • Juell F., a Boston member of Witnesses to Hunger, with her daughter Witnesses to Hunger Photo Exhibit Returns to Boston City Hall
    April 29, 2014

    Mothers caring for young children on limited incomes, who are part of the groundbreaking “Witnesses to Hunger” program, will reunite for a photo exhibit and events at Boston’s City Hall this May. They will participate in vital discussions addressing the health impacts of poverty and on critical issues affecting mothers and children in commemoration of Mother’s Day.

  • 2014 CAA Lacrosse semifinals
    April 28, 2014

    Riding the momentum of a six-game winning streak, Drexel Men’s Lacrosse will enter the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament as the No. 2 seed and host the Towson Tigers in a semifinal match-up at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30.
  • Seniors from Drexel’s Inaugural Product Design Class Create Prototypes that Solve Real-World Problems
    April 28, 2014

    The first graduating class of product design majors in Drexel’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design will display their final projects as part of the program’s senior show on May 30.

  • Nancy Butler Songer Dr. Nancy Songer Named Dean of Drexel University’s School of Education
    April 24, 2014

    Nancy Butler Songer, PhD, has been named the new dean of the School of Education at Drexel University. Songer will begin her term on August 3.
  • Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren to Receive Westphal Award at Drexel
    April 24, 2014

    Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren will join Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design on May 28 as the recipient of the third annual Westphal Award and the 2014 Design & Merchandising Distinguished Speaker.
  • A multi-nozzle 3D printer, invented by Sun's lab, allows researchers to grow living, 3D models of cancer tumors. Drexel Engineering Lab 3D Printing Cancer Tumors
    April 24, 2014

    Drexel’s Wei Sun, PhD, Albert Soffa chair professor in the College of Engineering, has devised a method for 3D printing tumors that could soon be taking cancer research out of the petri dish.

  • Science Carnival Drexel at Philadelphia Science Festival
    April 23, 2014

    The press of a button triggering a chain reaction of more than 300 energy transfers will serve as the elaborate opening to the 2014 Philadelphia Science Festival. The harbinger of this year’s week of science excitement is a Rube Goldberg machine –a complex device designed to perform a simple task- built by Drexel engineering students with the goal of setting a world record.
  • Generalized additive model estimates of probability of ASD by maternal and paternal age (years) in the Stockholm Youth Cohort. The 95% CIs are indicated by dashed lines. Based on Idring et al., International Journal of Epidemiology Child's Autism Risk Accelerates with Mother's Age Over 30
    April 22, 2014

    A recent study from researchers from the Drexel University School of Public Health in Philadelphia and Karolinska Institute in Sweden provides more insight into how the higher risk of having a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among older parents varies between mothers’ and fathers’ ages, and found that the risk of having a child with both ASD and intellectual disability is larger for older parents.

  • Mobile REACH, the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute's mobile assessment and outreach van Autism Institute Uses Custom-Outfitted Van for Outreach and Clinical Assessments
    April 21, 2014

    The A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University can’t contain its efforts within the walls of a building – so it is now hitting the road with a custom-outfitted van, called Mobile REACH, to extend autism outreach and clinical research activities into the community.
  • ReMix Interactive Music-Driven Light Show Showcases Local Student Talent and a Smartphone App Created with Drexel
    April 21, 2014

    Remix Interactive, a live orchestral performance featuring digitally remixed music and a high-tech light show created and produced by some of Philadelphia’s most talented high school students, will take place as part of the Philadelphia Science Festival on Sunday, April 27. The event will be held at 1:30 p.m. at World Café Live (3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia).
  • Philadelphia Style Icon Grace Kelly Gets a Close-Up at Drexel’s “Style Saturday” Event
    April 17, 2014

    Beloved Philadelphia native and fashion icon Grace Kelly’s star-powered style will captivate audiences once again on Mother’s Day weekend at Drexel University’s “Style Saturday” event, hosted by the recently renamed Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection.