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A pilot study subject wears a wireless fNIRS headband while researchers on the ground measure his cognitive workload. (Credit: ISAE-SUPAERO)

Reading the Minds of Pilots on the Fly

New research from Drexel biomedical engineers paves the way to improve the safety and efficiency of aircraft-pilot interactions.

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  • 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.
  • Only Three Weeks Remain to See U.S. Debut of Contemporary Artwork from China’s Top Academy
    November 4, 2013

    Only three weeks remain for visitors to see an exhibition of contemporary art by top graduates from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), China’s premier art academy, 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.) through Friday, Nov. 22. The gallery is free and open to the public Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Drexel Breaks Ground for Lancaster Avenue and 34th Street Development
    November 1, 2013

    Drexel University and American Campus Communities celebrated the next major residential and retail milestone in University City with a ceremonial groundbreaking on Friday, Nov. 1 for the $170 million, 24-story development on Lancaster Avenue and 34th Street. The development will be the largest project in both Drexel and American Campus history and will feature student housing, retail space and a dining center. American Campus representatives and University trustees joined Drexel President John A. Fry and the Drexel community for the groundbreaking.
  • Cuisine From the Collections A Taste of the Academy
    October 31, 2013

    The second annual Cuisine From the Collections, an exciting twist on the ordinary cocktail party, will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. The event, a fundraiser for the museum’s research and collections, will feature foods—from the everyday to the exotic—inspired by the Academy’s collection of more than 18 million plant and animal specimens.

  • CityAge
    October 29, 2013

    What will cities look like in the future? Who will live in them? How will people travel between them? These are just some of the questions facing politicians, investors and innovators – people who have the power, motivation and vision to shape their answers. Hundreds of these visionaries and decision-makers will come together at Drexel University’s Behrakis Grand Hall on Nov. 13-14 to continue a dialogue about “the New American City.”

  • OFF CAMPUS CW Philly
    October 24, 2013

    Drexel University’s student-produced sitcom OFF CAMPUS will debut its fourth season on CW Philly 57 this weekend. The show, which was recently honored by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, will air the night of Saturday, Oct. 26 at midnight.
  • Stephen C. Lawrence (left), chairman of the Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation, and George W. Gephart, Jr., president and CEO of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, shake hands over an agreement to form an environmental research and educational consortium at Lacawac in the Pocono Mountains. The consortium also includes Drexel University. Environmental Research Consortium Formed with Lacawac Sanctuary, Drexel and Academy of Natural Sciences
    October 24, 2013

    Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and Drexel University today announced an agreement to form an environmental research and education consortium at Lacawac Sanctuary, a popular National Natural Landmark and ecological field research station in the Pocono Mountains.
  • Students created the <i>Godzilla</i> set from cardboard Godzilla Opens at Drexel on Halloween Night, Free Admission for those in Costume
    October 23, 2013

    This Halloween night, the Drexel Co-op Theatre Company will open its version of Yasuhiko Ohashi’s Godzilla, a campy, comic romp with the Japanese cultural icon, at the URBN Center Annex’s Black Box Theater (3401 Filbert St.). On opening night, attendees who come dressed in costume will receive free admission. The person wearing the best/most creative costume (as judged by the Godzilla production/performance crew), will receive two free passes to the upcoming production of the musical The Apple Tree, running Nov. 21 – 24.

  • Online MLS degree Drexel Offers New Online Master’s Degree in Legal Studies, Concentrations in Health Care and NCAA Compliance
    October 22, 2013

    A new master of legal studies degree program offered by the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University through Drexel University Online will provide professionals with  knowledge and skills to address regulatory and ethical issues in compliance. The program offers opportunities for specialization in regulatory compliance in the delivery of health care and operation of NCAA approved athletics programs.
  • Drexel Sport Management Student Union Hosts Sport for Social Change Conference
    October 22, 2013

    Drexel University’s Sport Management Student Union (SMTSU) will host its First Annual Sport for Social Change Conference on Friday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special guests will present on topics including the responsibilities of athletes to give back to the community and be role models; the role of sports in youth development; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) issues in sport; access to sport for disabled athletes; and safety issues in sport.

  • High School Students Join Youth Development Expert at Drexel to Debate College vs. Career Readiness
    October 17, 2013

    Four talented high school students from the Philadelphia Scholastic Debate League will debate the merits of college versus career readiness on Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., as part of the Critical Conversations in Urban Education lecture series hosted by Drexel University’s School of Education

  • Squash USOpen-Squash-10years
    October 16, 2013

    The U.S. Open Squash Championships will have a home in Philadelphia for the next 10 years as the association signed a deal with Drexel University to continue hosting the tournament through 2023.
  • Pulitzer Prize-Winning Authors Toni Morrison and Rita Dove to Join Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez at Drexel
    October 15, 2013

    Sonia Sanchez will celebrate the end of her term as Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate with an inspirational night of personal stories, readings and live music at an event entitled “Conversation and Song: Walking the Laureate Road,” hosted by Drexel University and First Person Arts. Joined by her friends, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison and former Poet Laureate of the United States and Pulitzer Prize-winner Rita Dove, Sanchez will lead a conversation on what it means to be a literary luminary, the intersection of poetry and prose and how their work impacts their personal lives. Internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist and composer Ruth Naomi Floyd will perform throughout the evening.

  • Imaging War: New Drexel Course Explores the Way War Has Been Portrayed Through Art and Media
    October 8, 2013

    From the Battle of Marathon in 490 B.C. through current-day wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, our view of war has been indelibly shaped by the images we see of the conflicts and their aftermath. A new fall course at Drexel University, entitled “Imaging War,” examines how the subject of war has been depicted in media ranging from photography to television to video games.
  • Drexel Appoints New Trustees
    October 8, 2013

    Drexel University recently appointed three new members to its Board of Trustees. The new trustees are R. John Chapel, Jr., president and CEO of White Hall Capital, LLC, Richard C. Ill, chairman of the Triumph Group, and Robert F. Powelson, chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

  • Foreground: Dr. Tracy Quirk uses a Surface Elevation Table (SET) to measure relative sediment elevation change in a salt marsh in Barnegat Bay, NJ while staff scientist Linda Zaoudeh records data. Background: Staff scientist Stephanie Leach and Drexel environmental science graduate student Viktoria Unger use Real Time Kinematic (RTK) satellite navigation with GPS technology to measure the elevation of the marsh. Drexel Scientist Studies Hurricane Sandy Impact on NJ Coastal Wetlands One Year Later
    October 7, 2013

    In a stroke of good luck, Drexel's Dr. Tracy Quirk captured detailed measurements of water level and salinity at a range of coastal wetland sites, even as they were overtaken by Hurricane Sandy. After the storm, she began working on an intensive year-long project, funded by the National Science Foundation, to evaluate ecosystem processes in New Jersey’s salt marshes before, during, and for a year following Hurricane Sandy. Quirk is beginning to analyze findings from the study now.
  • Ajla Aksamija Green Building Design Research Expert Dr. Ajla Aksamija to Speak at Drexel
    October 7, 2013

    Green building design research expert Dr. Ajla Aksamija will join Drexel University on Thursday, Oct. 24, for a lecture entitled “Interdisciplinary Research: Building, Technology and Environment.” Head of research for the Building Technology Laboratory (Tech Lab) at international design firm Perkins+Will, Aksamija will speak about her ongoing research in high-performance buildings, building systems, innovative design approaches and emerging building technologies.

  • 20's dress Drexel’s Historic Costume Collection Opens to the Public for the First Time with “Fashion Fridays”
    October 4, 2013

    A treasure trove of textiles and garments spanning more than 200 years – once one of Drexel University’s best kept secrets – is opening to the public for the first time. The Drexel Historic Costume Collection, which was previously open to the public by appointment only, is now launching quarterly, full-day “Fashion Fridays” events which will include an educational seminar on a particular aspect of fashion history and a specialized viewing of the collection.

  • Drexel's Gerri C. LeBow Hall Opens for Business
    October 2, 2013

    The future of business education is here. With a dedication ceremony on Oct. 3, Drexel University will officially mark the opening of the 12-story, 177,500-square-foot Gerri C. LeBow Hall—the new home of the University’s LeBow College of Business. Gov. Tom Corbett and benefactor Bennett S. LeBow will join Drexel President John A. Fry and LeBow College Interim Dean Frank Linnehan at 11 a.m. for the dedication of the new building at 32nd Market Streets.

  • Study Shows Longline Fishery in Costa Rica Kills Thousands of Sea Turtles and Sharks
    October 2, 2013

    The second-most-common catch on Costa Rica’s longline fisheries in the last decade was not a commercial fish species. It was olive ridley sea turtles. These lines also caught more green turtles than most species of fish. These findings and more, reported in a new study in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, indicate that the Costa Rican longline fishery represents a major threat to the survival of eastern Pacific populations of sea turtles as well as sharks.

  • Drexel Announces Launch of New Academic Unit in Hospitality and Sport Management
    October 1, 2013

    Drexel University announced the launch of the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, reporting directly to the provost. Formerly in the Goodwin College of Professional Studies, the freestanding Center will include programs in sport management, hospitality management, culinary arts and food science. It will be headed up by Dr. Jonathan Deutsch, who previously directed Drexel’s hospitality, culinary and food science programs.
  • 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.