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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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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