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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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  • 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.

  • Students perform Gutenberg! The Musical! Students Produce and Perform “Riotously Funny” Two-Man Musical Comedy Gutenberg! The Musical! at Drexel
    May 16, 2013

    The “riotously funny” (Time Out New York) two-man musical spoof "Gutenberg! The Musical!" will take center stage in the new Black Box Theater in Drexel University’s URBN Center Annex (3401 Filbert St.) from Thursday, May 30 – Saturday, June 1 at 8 p.m.
  • Green Roof Javits Center
    May 16, 2013

    In what is estimated to be one of the largest green retrofitting projects in U.S. history, a makeover of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center is underway in New York City. The cost of the transformation is on the order of $463 million. While the effects that the green technology will have on the massive convention center and its surrounding environment are not yet known, they will, however, be closely monitored by a team of engineers from Drexel University and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

  • New Historical Marker Marks the Spot Where the Academy of Natural Sciences Was Founded in 1812
    May 15, 2013

    At a ceremony today, state and local officials gathered in the oldest part of the city to dedicate a historical marker near the site of the founding of the Academy of Natural Sciences two centuries ago.

  • Wall Street ‘Rescuing Cities, Schools and Students: New Models for Municipal Banking’ Forum at Drexel , May 23
    May 14, 2013

    A public forum entitled “Rescuing Cities, Schools and Students: New Models for Municipal Banking” will be held at Drexel University on Thursday, May 23, sponsored by Drexel University's Center for Public Policy, the Pennsylvania Project and the Public Banking Institute.
  • Music Hack Day
    May 14, 2013

    A 24-hour marathon of conceptualizing, hacking and coding with the goal of designing the future of music technology will bring artists, engineers, musicians, programmers and enthusiasts from around the region to Drexel’s Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center on May 18-19. Drexel’s Music Hack Day will be the 12th such event worldwide and the first time that it has been held in Philadelphia.
  • MAD Dragon Anniversary
    May 13, 2013

    MAD Dragon Records, Drexel University’s student-run record label, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special concert that will take place on Friday, May 17 at The Trocadero Theater (1003 Arch St.). The show will feature a lineup of MAD Dragon artists that spans all genres and styles of music. Cheers Elephant and Hoots & Hellmouth will headline the event with special guests Kuf Knotz, Andrew Lipke & The Prospects, Matt Duke and Wild Rompit.

  • Dad Vail 2013 Dad Vail Champs 2013
    May 13, 2013

    In front of a roaring crowd and a worldwide audience, Drexel Rowing won the overall team title, the men's point trophy and the Men's Varsity 8 Gold Medal at the 2013 Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta over the weekend. The Dragons sent a program-record 12 boats to the semifinals on the final day of racing, nine advanced to the grand finals and six reached the medal podium to help Drexel make history on the Schuylkill River.
  • Drexel Crew Takes the River at Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta
    May 10, 2013

    Drexel Crew will send 12 boats into competition at the 2013 Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta on the Schuylkill River on May 10-11. The annual rowing completion is one of the largest in the country, with more than 125 varsity rowing teams from the United States and Canada descending on Philadelphia for the weekend.

     

  • Earle Mack School of Law Holds Fifth Commencement Ceremony at the Kimmel Center, May 17
    May 8, 2013

    The Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University will celebrate the Class of 2013 at its fifth commencement ceremony, which will take place at the Kimmel Center on May 17.
  • Screenshot from the Standard Occupational Classification, a federal standard method for systematically coding occupational data Occupational Data in Medical Billing Records Could Prevent Workplace Injuries
    May 6, 2013

    A subtle change to hospital data collection policies could make a big difference in preventing occupational health and safety hazards, according to workplace safety researchers at the Drexel University School of Public Health.

  • Exhibit of War Diaries and Photos from Iraq to be Displayed at Drexel
    May 2, 2013

    On the heels of the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War, the powerful multimedia exhibit “Invasion: Diaries and Memories of War in Iraq” will be on display in Drexel University’s URBN Center from Wednesday, May 15 through Thursday, May 23. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (a photo ID will be required to enter the building after 3 p.m.).
  • Drexel Student Performance of “The Grapes of Wrath” Ties Steinbeck’s Classic Novel to Modern-Day Social Issues
    April 30, 2013

    John Steinbeck’s epic novel “The Grapes of Wrath” will be brought to life on an intimate new stage by students in the Department of Performing Arts in Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. The production, which marks the inauguration of the new Black Box Theater in the URBN Center Annex (3401 Filbert St.), opens on Friday, May 10 and will run through Saturday, May 25.

  • Painting a mural at 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University, with the Porch Light Program Drexel's 11th Street Family Health Services Takes Health and Wellness Outside
    April 30, 2013

    The 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University (11th Street) is partnering with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services (DBHIDS) in an event called Painting a Healthy City, part of a series that aims to promote health and well-being across Philadelphia by bringing together the powerful forces of public art, community engagement and health resources.
  • Drexel Acquires Firestone Building Key Piece of Real Estate for Campus Transformation
    April 26, 2013

    Drexel University acquired the property located at 3161-67 Market Street, a triangular-shaped parcel on the north side of Market Street between JFK Boulevard and 32nd Street that currently houses a Firestone auto repair shop. Located at the heart of Drexel’s campus, the 26,675 square-foot parcel is key to the University’s strategic and master plans, which call for the development of a superblock along Market Street that will serve as a gateway to University City from 30th Street Station.
  • Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing to Receive Westphal Award at Drexel
    April 26, 2013

    Fashion visionary Ken Downing, the senior vice president and fashion director of American luxury department store Neiman Marcus, will be presented with the second annual Westphal Award from Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. The award ceremony will take place Wednesday, May 1 at 6 p.m. at the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery in the URBN Center Annex (3401 Filbert St.). This event is free and open to the public. 
  • Wrestling EIWA
    April 25, 2013

    Drexel’s varsity wrestling team will have a new conference home when the 2013-14 season opens, as the Dragons will join former Colonial Athletic Association conference-mate Hofstra as two of the newest members of the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association. The EIWA announced on Thursday that it will add Drexel, Hofstra, Binghamton University and Boston University to bring the league’s membership to 18 schools.

  • Sabrina Spatari NEWBIO partnership
    April 25, 2013

    Could fields of perennial switchgrass and willow be the key to America’s energy independence? The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to know and Drexel University’s Dr. Sabrina Spatari, an assistant professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering, is trying to provide some answers in a complicated series of hypotheticals that could determine the nation’s path toward finding a substitute for oil.

  • Artists and Educators to Discuss Learning through the Arts as part of Urban Education Series
    April 17, 2013

    Using the arts to foster learning, motivation and success for urban students will be the topic of conversation among a panel of artists and educators at “Learning through the Arts” on Tuesday, April 30 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., the fourth event in the Critical Conversations in Urban Education lecture series hosted by Drexel University’s School of Education.
  • Drexel Gallery Receives Gift from William B. Dietrich Foundation For Much Needed Renovations
    April 16, 2013

    Thanks to a grant from the William B. Dietrich Foundation, Drexel University was able to renew and restore major aspects of its Anthony J. Drexel Picture Gallery, which included the installation of a new skylight and aesthetic improvements that update the space to today’s museum standards.

  • Drexel at Philadelphia Science Festival and Philly Tech Week
    April 16, 2013

    As part of city’s vibrant scientific and technological community, Drexel University will play a big role in the 2013 Philadelphia Science Festival and Philly Tech Week on April 18-28. From a 29-story video game, to cutting-edge robotics, to an interactive Jazz concert, Drexel’s students, faculty and professional staff will be part of the programming for both week-long celebrations of the inquisitive and innovative spirits that are part of the fabric of the city.

  • CVDI IMS Microsoft Health CVDI
    April 15, 2013

    Two more players in the world of Big Data have joined Drexel University’s National Academy of Science Center for Visual and Decision Informatics. IMS Health, a leading global provider of information, technology and services dedicated to making healthcare perform better; and Microsoft Research, one of the largest software research organizations in the world, will both be part of the growing CVDI partnership.
  • Teen Employment Behavioral Traits are Biggest Barrier to Teen Employment, New Study Reveals
    April 11, 2013

    As the share of employed teens across the nation has plummeted over the last decade, a new study from Drexel University’s Center for Labor Markets and Policy and the Commonwealth Corporation reveals some practical solutions to the challenge of declining teen employment.

  • Arianna Huffington Arianna Huffington Joins Drexel for a Discussion on the Future of Traditional and Social Media on April 30
    April 10, 2013

    Journalist and entrepreneur Arianna Huffington will join Drexel University on Tuesday, April 30, as the College of Arts and Sciences’ third lecturer in their annual Distinguished Lecture Series. Joining neuroscientist David Eagleman and acclaimed author Sir Salman Rushdie on the growing list of accomplished distinguished lecturers, Huffington will explore "The Brave New World of the 'New Media': How Social Media Has Revolutionized the Communications Landscape."
  • Drexel Celebrates Grand Opening of New URBN Center for Arts and Design on April 12
    April 9, 2013

    Drexel University's Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design celebrates its new home, The URBN Center, with a grand opening on April 12. Called “one of Philadelphia's most thrilling new designs” by The Philadelphia Inquirer’s architecture critic Inga Saffron, the iconic 3501 Market Street building created by Robert Venturi was transformed into a state-of-the-art center for design and the arts by the noted design firm of Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, LTD.

  • Monkey Film Premieres in U.S., Encourages Biodiversity Protection in African Nation
    April 9, 2013

    Turtle biologists with digital SLR cameras may be on the verge of something extraordinary: Empowering a nation to save endangered monkeys and the idyllic island ecosystem they call home. The very unusual nature documentary the biologists produced will have its U.S. premiere at Drexel University on April 15.
  • 2013 WNIT WBB WNIT Champs
    April 8, 2013

    Drexel women’s basketball claimed a share of school and city history on Saturday by defeating Utah 46-43 to seize the Women’s National Invitation Championship, which is the first postseason title for Drexel and the first for any NCAA Division I women’s basketball team in Philadelphia. The Dragons finished the year with a 28-10 record, which is the program’s record for wins in a season.
  • Drexel Joins Pa Governor on Delegation to Brazil
    April 5, 2013

    Drexel University President John A. Fry and Drexel faculty and administrators will join Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s delegation to Brazil and Chile. The trip is scheduled for April 6-16 and will include stops in Brazilian cities of Sao Paulo, Florianopolis and Rio de Janeiro, along with Santiago, Chile.
  • Codefest iSchool codefest
    April 4, 2013

    Drexel University’s iSchool, College of Information Science and Technology will host the premier Philly Health Codefest, a two-day coding competition with the goal of transforming data into health care solutions. More than 150 software developers and designers will join health care professionals, educators, students and entrepreneurs at the event which will take place in the Bossone Research Enterprise Center’s Mitchell Auditorium on April 5-7.
  • WBB WNIT Championship
    April 4, 2013

    With a 67-57 victory over the Florida Gators on Wednesday, Drexel’s women’s basketball team advanced to the championship game of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. The Dragons will face Utah on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Daskalakis Athletic Center to vie for the first postseason tournament title in the school’s history.
  • First-Ever Exhibition of Art and Archival Artifact Highlights from Drexel’s Collections to go on Display April 12
    April 4, 2013

    For the first time in Drexel University’s history, the most treasured works of art and archival artifacts from around the University will be exhibited together during A Legacy of Art, Science & Industry: Highlights from the Collections of Drexel University. 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, will be on display.