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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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  • 11th Street Health Center Dedicates A Healing Home Mural in North Philadelphia
    October 1, 2013

    Some people may not consider painting a picture a traditional component of health care. To take that notion further, some may not consider murals an important part of a healthy community. But, despite those expectations, nearly thirty patients at 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University and many more members of their community have come together to help individuals be healthier and to make their communities stronger, through creating public art. They will dedicate and celebrate their artwork, entitled "A Healing Home," On October 16.

  • Obamacare Will Open the Next Chapter of “Free-Market” Health Care, Not End It, Says New Book by Health Law Expert
    September 30, 2013

    The government cannot take over American health care because it has been running the system for decades, according to Drexel University’s Dr. Robert I. Field, a nationally recognized expert on health policy and public health. In a new book, he describes Obamacare as a natural next step in the country’s health care evolution rather than the government takeover that critics claim it to be.
  • Drexel Hosts U.S. Debut of Contemporary Art Exhibition from China Central Academy of Fine Arts
    September 27, 2013

    An exhibition of contemporary art by top graduates from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), China’s premier art academy, will make its U.S. debut at Drexel University. The exhibition, hosted by the University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, will be on display at the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery in the URBN Center Annex (3401 Filbert St.) from Friday, Oct. 4 through Friday, Nov. 22.
  • The TakeControl app for binge eating provides an alert: "You are currently at risk. Would you like assistance?" New Mobile App and Talk Therapies for Binge Eating Disorder
    September 27, 2013

    Two new treatment methods under investigation at Drexel University aim to help people reduce binge-eating behavior. One is a smartphone app designed to alert peopleat times when they are at risk for binge behaviors, among a comprehensive suite of other features. Another treatment is a new, evidence-based approach to small-group behavioral therapy.

  • MXene intercalation Expanding MXene Materials Research
    September 26, 2013

    Drexel University researchers are continuing to expand the capabilities and functionalities of a family of two-dimensional materials they discovered that are just a few atoms thick, but have the potential to store massive amounts of energy. Their latest achievement has pushed the materials storage capacities to new levels while also allowing for their use in flexible devices.
  • Dr. Kariamu Welsh African Dance Pioneer Dr. Kariamu Welsh to Demonstrate, Discuss Umfundalai Dance Technique at Drexel
    September 26, 2013

    Guggenheim Award-winning dance scholar and choreographer Dr. Kariamu Welsh, the creator of the African dance technique Umfundalai, will join Drexel University for a discussion and demonstration on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m.

  • Drexel Smart House Team Advises TEDxDrexelU on Creating Sustainable Events
    September 24, 2013

    Students from Drexel University’s Drexel Smart House (DSH) team have been invited to serve as green consultants on the TEDxDrexelU event on October 5, in order to lessen the event’s environmental footprint.

  • Past Weight Loss an Overlooked Factor in Disordered Eating
    September 24, 2013

    Due to a complex and vicious cycle of biological and behavioral factors, dieters and weight loss researchers know, the more weight you’ve lost, the harder it is to keep it off. But eating disorder research has largely overlooked this influence, and Dr. Michael Lowe, a professor of psychology at Drexel University, has published a flurry of research studies showing that needs to change.

  • Drexel's URBN Center Recognized for Design Excellence
    September 18, 2013

    Drexel University’s URBN Center that opened its doors less than a year ago and houses programs for the University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design was recognized for its design excellence at the Maryland State Component of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Design Awards ceremony on Sept. 12.
  • Witnesses to Hunger Photo Exhibit Opens Lens on Hunger and Poverty in Camden
    September 11, 2013

    Through their desire for social change, ten women from Camden, N.J. have opened a lens on hunger, homelessness, health and a broad swath of issues related to poverty. Their photos and interview-based testimony, collected as part of the “Witnesses to Hunger” project based at the Center for Hunger-Free Communities at Drexel University School of Public Health, will be on public display in Camden for the first time this month.

  • Ana Diez Roux Named Dean of the Drexel University School of Public Health
    September 10, 2013

    Dr. Ana V. Diez Roux has been named the new dean of the Drexel University School of Public Health. She will begin her term in February 2014. Diez Roux is a physician and epidemiologist known worldwide for seminal research on multilevel determinants of population health. Her work has had a major impact on public health research and practice.

  • Bureau of Justice Assistance Announces New Awardees of Neighborhood Revitalization Grant at Drexel
    September 10, 2013

    The nation’s leading community development support organization, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), will host a meeting at Drexel University on September 11 and 12, during which the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance will announce the new class of awardees of its Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) grant.

  • Drexel Launches College of Computing & Informatics
    September 9, 2013

    Drexel University President John A. Fry announced today that the University will create a new College of Computing and Informatics. The College will combine the strengths and assets of Drexel’s many existing undergraduate, graduate and professional computing and informatics programs. It will begin enrolling new students in the Fall of 2014.
  • Franklin Institute President Dennis Wint Joins Drexel University’s Museum Leadership Faculty
    September 5, 2013

    A visionary leader in the museum world, Dr. Dennis M. Wint, president and chief executive officer of The Franklin Institute, will join the faculty of the new museum leadership graduate degree program launching this fall in Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of  Media Arts & Design.
  • Dr. Paul T. Shattuck Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum Face Tough Prospects for Jobs and Independent Living
    September 4, 2013

    Two newly published studies show precisely how stark the challenge is for young adults on the autism spectrum to find their first jobs and take the first steps toward independent living. The researchers emphasize the need to strengthen services to help adolescents and young adults and their families with transition planning.

  • electron band gap Using Lasers to Measure Electron Band Gaps
    September 3, 2013

    Engineers working in the nanoscale will have a new tool at their disposal thanks to an international group of researchers led by Drexel University’s College of Engineering. This innovative procedure could alleviate the persistent challenge of measuring key features of electron behavior while designing the ever-shrinking components that allow cell phones, laptops and tablets to get increasingly thinner and more energy efficient.
  • Parts press photo Drexel Players Present Parts: A Speed-Through as part of Philadelphia Fringe Festival
    September 3, 2013

    The Drexel Players return to the Philadelphia Fringe Festival from Sept. 6 – 14 with Parts: A Speed-Through, an immersive theater experience conceived, produced, written and performed entirely by Drexel University students and alumni. Parts: A Speed-Through takes an inside look at the relationships that young theater artists share as they produce a fictional theater show.
  • Drexel Students Write "Life Journals" for Local Hospice Patients
    August 20, 2013

    “A Beautiful Life” is a community-based learning course in the Department of English & Philosophy which pairs students with a patient in an area hospice or home to pen a “life journal” that will chronicle the patient’s life experiences for their family and loved ones. Taught by Kenneth Bingham, a teaching professor of English, the 11 students range in areas of study from biology to English, film, nursing and psychology.

  • 11th Street Family Health Services Cooks Up A Recipe for Healthy Living with the Walmart Foundation
    August 20, 2013

    Nutrition and fitness opportunities at the 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University (11th Street) have never been better, thanks to a recent $100,000 contribution from the Walmart Foundation. The 11th Street community and Drexel marked their appreciation today by unveiling a special plaque dedicated to Walmart and inviting guests and patients to join a healthy cooking class.
  • "Don't Wash Your Chicken" Video Vignettes Make Cooking Safer
    August 19, 2013

    Drexel University food safety researchers have helped develop a new educational campaign to raise awareness that washing raw poultry prior to cooking risks spreading bacteria, without any benefit of removing or killing them. The campaign is based on their research showing that washing chicken is one of the most common unsafe food handling practices in minority populations.
  • Philadelphia Geek Award Winners 2013
    August 19, 2013

    In a strong showing for some of Drexel University’s best and brightest, Dr. Frank Lee, an associate professor in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, and undergraduate digital media student Greg Lobanov were among the winners at the 2013 Philadelphia Geek Awards.
  • ANS Explore App App Helps Visitors Explore Academy of Natural Sciences
    August 15, 2013

    Visitors at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University can now explore the museum right on their smartphone through a new interactive app called “ANS Explore!” The app, which was designed by students in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, takes visitors on a scavenger hunt, of sorts, where they can collect virtual badges and unlock educational facts while wandering the museum.

  • Danielle Rice Delaware Art Museum Executive Director Danielle Rice Joins Drexel as Inaugural Museum Leadership Program Director
    August 5, 2013

    Delaware Art Museum Executive Director Dr. Danielle Rice has been appointed director of the new museum leadership graduate degree program in Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, which will launch in September 2013.
  • Ultrasound device Using Ultrasound to Speed Wound Healing
    August 1, 2013

    In hopes of helping patients suffering from extremely slow-healing injuries, called chronic wounds, researchers from Drexel’s School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems and College of Medicine are taking a new approach to using ultrasound as a healing tool. By dialing down the energy level on therapeutic ultrasound, similar to that used to treat athletes’ muscle and ligament injuries, the team is finding a solution that could give the body’s natural healing process a boost and could save patients a great deal of time, money and suffering.

  • New Book by Drexel’s Dr. Yaba Blay Explores Racial Identity and Skin Color Politics
    July 31, 2013

    What does it mean to be Black? Is Blackness a matter of biology or consciousness? What determines who is Black and who is not? A new book by Dr. Yaba Blay, an assistant professor and co-director of the Africana Studies program in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences, seeks to challenge narrow perceptions of what Blackness is and what it looks like.  

  • Experiences in the Urban Environment Inspire New Art Exhibition Presented with InLiquid at Drexel
    July 25, 2013

    From a wood and copper sculpture that explores an emotional response to the attacks of September 11, 2001, to drawings on mylar that translate walks through Manhattan into map-inspired shapes, “Spatial Translations” takes visitors on a visual journey through experiences in urban environments. The new exhibition, which features drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations by Pennsylvania and New York-based artists Annette Cords, Brent Crothers, William Cromar and Paul Fabozzi, is a collaboration between Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and Philadelphia nonprofit artist network InLiquid.

  • Drexel Students’ Concept for Harnessing Energy from Wind Tunnels Takes Them to Paris
    July 24, 2013

    Alexa Forney, a junior product design major in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, and Greg Yeutter, a junior majoring in electrical engineering in the College of Engineering with a minor in product design, recently created a concept for installing wind power solutions in urban settings.
  • Donald Tibbs Where Do We Go From the George Zimmerman Trial? Panel Will Discuss Race, Justice and Activism at Drexel
    July 23, 2013

    The Africana Studies program in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences will host a candid panel discussion on race, justice and activism on Saturday, July 27. The discussion and question-and-answer session will take place from 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in Room 120 of the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building (33rd and Chestnut Streets). It is free and open to the public.
  • Drexel Research Gets Boost From PA Department of Health
    July 19, 2013

    Health research at Drexel University received a boost from the Pennsylvania Department of Health this week as the school was one of four area recipients of Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement (CURE) Program grants.
  • Drexel President John Fry Welcomes WorkReady Philadelphia Summer Interns to Campus
    July 15, 2013

    Drexel President John A. Fry will host a breakfast event to welcome more than 60 WorkReady Philadelphia summer interns to the University’s campus. The high school interns will be working in a variety of academic and administrative units across the University.
  • Jaemi HUBO Drexel-led Team Advances to Phase II of DARPA Robotics Challenge
    July 11, 2013

    The collaborative work of roboticists from 10 institutions who have pooled their efforts to compete as team DRC-HUBO in the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s Robotics Challenge has been rewarded with an official thumbs up from the agency. The Drexel-led team passed the first phase of critical design review by DARPA program management staff and will be among the competitors at the DRC head-to-head trials in December. The goal of the DRC is to develop robots that can perform the hazardous activities associated with disaster response.

  • First Large Public Health Study of Medical Marijuana Use in Young Adults to Begin with NIH Grant
    July 11, 2013

    Drexel University has received a grant for a five-year study of medical marijuana and its impact on drug use and physical and psychological health among young adults in Los Angeles. It is the first large-scale NIH project funded to directly investigate medical marijuana use among young adults aged 18 to 26.

  • Frank Lee Cira Pong Drexel Professors Among 2013 Philadelphia Geek Awards Nominees
    July 8, 2013

    Nominees for the 2013 Philadelphia Geek Awards are in.  Among the field for this year’s recognition of local ingenuity, intellect and innovation are Drexel’s Dr. Frank Lee, an associate professor in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, and undergraduate digital media student Greg Lobanov.

  • A screenshot of some ICD-9 codes used to indicate medical diagnoses in billing records Medical Safety Innovation Gets a Boost from Systematic Analysis
    July 8, 2013

    Researchers from the Drexel University School of Public Health say that health care organizations have an untapped opportunity to use data analysis methods on their own administrative data as a “springboard to problem identification” at the leading edge of preventing medical errors.

  • Drexel Launches Ventures Innovation Fund and Technology Incubation Program
    July 1, 2013

    Drexel University is creating a seed funding, incubation and technology transfer enterprise called “Drexel Ventures,” with the goal of spurring technological advancements with real-world applications. The program, which supports Drexel’s strategic priority of fostering economic development in the area, will make it easier for researchers to enter into partnerships with the private sector and translate their work into the marketplace.    

  • Drexel Students Design Visions of the Future
    June 27, 2013

    The future isn’t as hard to imagine as you might think. At least not for these six graduate students who recently completed a year-long project creating what they called “near-future speculations,” or prototypes of designs that could plausibly enter the marketplace in the next 5-10 years.
  • Study Measures Pleasure Response from Chocolate from Signals in the Eyes
    June 24, 2013

    The brain’s pleasure response to tasting food can be measured through the eyes using a common, low-cost ophthalmological tool, according to a Drexel-led study just published in the journal Obesity. If validated, this method could be useful for research and clinical applications in food addiction and obesity prevention.
  • Drexel Student Designs Sustainable Urban Garden for Moore College of Art & Design
    June 20, 2013

    A “self-sustaining urban oasis” designed by Alexandria Imbesi, a student in the Interior Architecture + Design graduate degree program in Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, was recently implemented at Moore College of Art & Design.
  • Posthumous Degree Awarded to Construction Management Graduate Student John Gibbons
    June 14, 2013

    The family of John Gibbons, a graduate student in Drexel University’s Construction Management Master’s degree program, will receive his posthumous degree on his behalf. He passed away on October 9, 2012, at the age of 57 after a four-and-a-half-year battle with cancer. He was in the midst of completing the last course toward his MS degree. 

  • Camden Women Raise Hunger Awareness through Photo Project and Exhibit
    June 11, 2013

    Drexel's "Witnesses to Hunger" program is debuting in Camden with support from the Campbell Healthy Communities Program. There, 10 women have taken up digital cameras to share their stories about hunger and food insecurity and raising children in a city often named one of America's most impoverished and most dangerous.
  • Drexel President John Fry Testifies Before House Committee on Amtrak’s NE Corridor
    June 10, 2013

    Drexel President John Fry traveled to New York City on Friday to testify before the chairman and members of the Committee of Transportation of the U.S. House of Representatives on the future of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor and the benefits of private involvement in train service along the corridor.
  • Fourteen nursing students celebrated their achievements as the first cohort in a leadership program. New Nurses Graduate with Lessons on Leadership
    June 7, 2013

    The first cohort of Drexel nursing students has just completed the Macy Fellows leadership program, which will better prepare them to take on leadership roles as they begin their careers in healthcare. These fourteen students will graduate with their peers on June 14.

  • Mantua in Action Check Presentation Drexel University and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Host $90,000 Check Presentation to Mantua After-School Program
    June 5, 2013

    Drexel University and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation hosted a check presentation celebration on Wednesday, June 5, in honor of the Aberdeen Charitable Foundation’s commitment to provide $90,000 of funding over three years to Mantua in Action, a youth development program for middle-school students in Mantua.
  • A family walks in an urban neighborhood, Powelton Village, near Drexel University in Philadelphia. Neighborhood Features Could Prevent Obesity
    June 4, 2013

    Living in a neighborhood that supports a healthy lifestyle can make a measurable difference in preventing obesity, according to a longitudinal study recently published in the journal Obesity. The multi-city, multi-ethnic study was led by Dr. Amy Auchincloss in the Drexel University School of Public Health.

  • A.J. Drexel Autism Institute Contributes to Pennsylvania's Website and Toll-Free Number for Autism Resources
    May 31, 2013

    The Pennsylvania Autism Services, Education, Resources & Training Collaborative (ASERT), headquartered at Drexel for Pennsylvania's eastern region, has announced the launch of a statewide resource center to provide streamlined access to information for the estimated 30,000 Pennsylvanians living with autism.

  • Fashion design students prepare for show Art, Architecture and the Apocalypse Inspire Student Designs at Drexel’s Annual Fashion Show
    May 24, 2013

    Inspired by a spectrum of influences, ranging from Japanese Kabuki paintings to Frank Gehry architecture to post-apocalyptic high society, collections by 24 graduating student designers will hit the runway at Drexel University’s annual senior fashion show, presented by the Fashion Design and Design & Merchandising programs in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.
  • Drexel Announces 2013 Honorary Degree Recipients
    May 23, 2013

    Drexel University will celebrate its 126th commencement on its University City campus with five separate ceremonies honoring Drexel’s graduating class on June 14 and June 15. More than 5,000 students will receive a degree from Drexel this year. The ceremonies will be held at Drexel’s John A. Daskalakis Athletic Center, 33rd and Market Streets. Drexel will award 13 honorary degrees to prominent individuals distinguished in their fields.
  • Drexel to Host 2013 Men's Lacrosse NCAA Championships
    May 20, 2013

    Drexel University will be hosting the 2013 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships at Lincoln Financial Field, the home of the Philadelphia Eagles, on May 25-27. The top teams in NCAA Div. I, II and III lacrosse will all be crowned during the holiday weekend.
  • Academy of Natural Sciences to Guide Region-Wide Delaware Watershed Protection
    May 20, 2013

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University has received a major grant from the William Penn Foundation to support watershed protection and restoration in the Delaware watershed that is intended to coordinate and demonstrate a region-wide impact on improving water quality.

  • Two Weeks Remain to See First-Ever Exhibition of Art and Archival Artifact Highlights from Drexel’s Collections
    May 16, 2013

    Only two weeks remain to see the most treasured works of art and archival artifacts from around Drexel University displayed together for the first time in Drexel’s history. The exhibition, entitled A Legacy of Art, Science & Industry: Highlights from the Collections of Drexel University, features approximately 90 objects spanning the 15th through 20th centuries, including paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, rare books, historical documents, political posters, historical costumes and even a surgical amputation kit.