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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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  • Drexel Offers Free Workshops to Help Female Veterans Rejoin the Workforce
    February 27, 2013

    Women represent the fastest growing segment of the veteran population, yet programs on educational opportunities and employment issues specifically for female veterans are severely lacking. Drexel University’s Goodwin College of Professional Studies has created a program to help this underserved and growing veteran population successfully reintegrate into the workforce.

  • Mockups of the in-progress design for a mural near 11th Street Family Health Services Public Art for Public Health Celebrated in Philadelphia in March
    February 26, 2013

    At Drexel University’s nurse-run health center this spring, an innovative effort in public art for public health is underway. A series of events in March will celebrate the story of the Porch Light program this effort is part of, collectively including more than six years of collaborative projects between the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and the city’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services.

  • Al West, Drexel's 2013 Business Leader of the Year Al West Named Drexel 2013 Business Leader of the Year
    February 25, 2013

    The founding CEO of SEI Investments Co. (NASDAQ:SEIC) Al West is Drexel University's LeBow College of Business 59th Business Leader of the Year. He will be honored at a luncheon attended by hundreds of Greater Philadelphia’s top executives on March 5.

  • Barbie Izquierdo and her two children cooking at home, as seen in A Place at the Table A Philadelphia Witness to Hunger Takes the Spotlight in a Documentary Film on Hunger in America
    February 19, 2013

    Drexel University's public health research into the health effects and complex causes of hunger and food insecurity are prominently featured in a new documentary film, A Place at the Table. The film profiles Barbie Izquierdo, a participant in Drexel's "Witnesses to Hunger" program and includes expert commentary from Dr. Mariana Chilton.

  • Bachelors Barge Club- Drexel Bachelors Barge Club Drexel Agreement
    February 19, 2013

    Drexel University extended its relationship with the historic Bachelors Barge Club as Drexel President John Fry, Senior Vice President Jim Tucker and Athletics Director Dr. Eric Zillmer joined Charles Cowan, president of Bachelors Barge Club, in signing an agreement for Drexel to fully manage the facility at Boathouse #6 on Kelly Drive.
  • egg drop Engineers Week 2013
    February 19, 2013

    With Philadelphia Flyers tickets on the line, students and faculty will compete to see whose eggs can survive a 28-foot drop into a landing zone as part of Drexel’s observation of National Engineers Week. The annual egg drop competition will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 20 on the third floor atrium of the Bossone Research Enterprise Center and is just one of a variety of events hosted by the College of Engineering throughout the week.

  • American Campus Communities Announces Retail at Chestnut-Square
    February 15, 2013

    Drexel University and American Campus Communities, Inc. (NYSE:ACC) adds local flavor to Chestnut Square, the newest urban mixed-use housing, with the announcement of featured eateries Zama’s second location coZara, Shake Shack®, Zavino and Joe Coffee.

  • Actor and Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson Visits Drexel for a Film Screening and Discussion
    February 15, 2013

    Film, television and Tony Award-winning theater actor and director Ruben Santiago-Hudson will visit Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design on Monday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. for a screening and discussion about his film Lackawanna Blues, during Black History Month. The event is free and open to the public, and will take place in the Bossone Research Center's Mitchell Auditorium (3140 Market St.).
  • Drexel Introduces C-Suite Co-op for MBA students
    February 14, 2013

    Beginning this fall, new students enrolling in the full-time MBA at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business will compete for coveted C-Suite Co-opTM positions with top executives at firms such as Cisco, SAP, eBay, Urban Outfitters and other leading American corporations.

  • Drexel to Transform Campus Center with Perelman Plaza
    February 6, 2013

    Thanks to a $5 million gift from the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Education Foundation, Drexel University will reimagine the center of its campus along the former 32nd Street between Chestnut and Market Streets. The resulting hub for the Drexel community will be known as The Raymond G. Perelman Plaza.

  • National Science Foundation NSF CAREER awards2013
    February 4, 2013

    Five Drexel University faculty have earned recognition from the National Science Foundation for their respective research endeavors. The goals of these intrepid investigators range from improving underwater autonomous vehicles to helping emergency medical workers communicate; and include projects that will change the way grade-schoolers learn about technology, reimagine the way we create and access our collective knowledge as a society and help protect personal information online.

  • Drexel Establishes Close School of Entrepreneurship
    January 30, 2013

    Thanks to $12.5 million in recent gifts from the Charles and Barbara Close Foundation, Drexel University will establish the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship that will be one of a very small number of freestanding schools of entrepreneurship in the nation and the only one in Philadelphia.
  • Brick NJ Sandy damage imaging
    January 29, 2013

    Images of the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy have captured the immense power of what many experts have termed a “superstorm.” These snapshots and videos might not tell the whole story, however. A group of Drexel University engineers are now trying to give rescue and recovery workers a better picture of the storm’s damages that can’t be seen by the naked eye.

  • Drexel Partners with McGraw Hill to Improve Math Education Through Online Tools
    January 28, 2013

    Drexel University’s School of Education has formed a unique partnership with McGraw-Hill School Education Group (SEG) to improve math education in classrooms through the Math Forum @ Drexel, the leading online math education community.

  • Drexel and 1812 Productions Team Up to Present "To Fool the Eye"
    January 24, 2013

    Drexel University and Philadelphia theater company 1812 Productions have partnered together to present Jeffrey Hatcher’s comedy confection To Fool The Eye, an adaptation of the romantic comedy Léocadia by Jean Anouilh, as part of Drexel's Mandell Professionals in Residence Project (MPiRP).
  • Provocative Kenyan-Born Artist Wangechi Mutu Exhibits Work At Drexel, Feb 15 - Mar 30
    January 16, 2013

    The work of provocative Kenyan-born, Brooklyn-based artist Wangechi Mutu will be featured as the inaugural exhibition of the newly expanded Leonard Pearlstein Gallery in Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design from Friday, Feb. 15 through Saturday, Mar. 30. The gallery is open to the public Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Art and Healing Intersect at 11th Street Health Center with Mural Arts Porch Light Initiative
    January 7, 2013

    This year, Drexel's 11th Street Family Health Services is participating in the Porch Light Initiative, a project of the Mural Arts Program and the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, that situates art and human connection at the heart of recovery and healing in distressed Philadelphia neighborhoods.

  • Linda M. Abriola Abriola Engineering Leader of the Yea
    December 19, 2012

    Drexel University’s College of Engineering has selected Drexel engineering alumna Linda M. Abriola, the dean of the School of Engineering at Tufts University, as Drexel’s 2013 Engineering Leader of the Year. Abriola, who is the first female engineer to receive the honor, joins a prestigious group of engineering luminaries. Abriola will be honored  for her leadership in environmental engineering, her commitment to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and her endless contributions to engineering in an effort to improve today’s societal problems.

  • Norman Joseph Woodland, a 1947 Drexel graduate who went on to create the bar code system with fellow alumnus Bernard Silver, passed away at the age of 91. Woodland obit
    December 18, 2012

    Norman Joseph Woodland, a 1947 graduate, who, along with classmate Bernard Silver, created the system for instant electronic recall of product information commonly called the barcode, passed away at the age of 91 on Dec. 9, 2012. The pair’s invention revolutionized the retail industry and is an example of a technology that has stood the test of time.
  • Drexel to Open D.C. Office
    December 5, 2012

    Drexel University has announced it will open an office in Washington, D.C. that will serve as a multifunctional academic and outreach center for the University and its online subsidiary Drexel University Online.
  • Drexel Joins Philadelphia Delegation to China
    November 29, 2012

    Drexel University representatives are participating in a delegation to China led by Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter in an effort to raise Philadelphia's international profile, develop business opportunities and renew discussions about direct flights between the city and that country.
  • Drexel’s Impact on Pennsylvania’s Economy: $2.4 Billion
    November 26, 2012

    Drexel University’s annual economic impact within Pennsylvania through its spending, increased earning power of alumni and the spending of students and visitors to Drexel is $2.4 billion, according to a new study by the Econsult Corporation that was released by the University. Drexel’s annual economic impact within the city of Philadelphia is $1.5 billion.
  • ExCITe Center ExCITe Center opening
    November 26, 2012

    Music technology, humanoid robots, app development, video games, and digital knitting machines will converge with many other technologies in one creative space when Drexel University opens its Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center on Nov. 28.
  • The words "mirror image" are reflected, but not reversed, in this photo of the Hicks non-reversing mirror taken at Robin Cameron's art show. Photo courtesy Room East in New York. NYC Art Gallery Displays Non-Reversing Mirror Invented by Drexel Math Professor
    November 16, 2012

    When you look in a mirror, you see an image of yourself in reverse. But one odd mirror invented by mathematics professor Dr. R. Andrew Hicks at Drexel University shows your true face without reversing its image. That mirror is now on display as part of an art exhibition in New York City  through December 9.
  • 2012 Drexel men's soccer mens soccer 2012 NCAA Tournament
    November 13, 2012

    Drexel’s men’s soccer team will be making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1972 this Thursday when it hosts Brown in a first-round game at Vidas Field at 4 p.m. Drexel earned the at-large bid after winning the regular season Colonial Athletic Association championship and posting a 12-3-3 record on the season.
  • Security Magazine Ranks Drexel's Public Safety No. 3 Nationally
    November 12, 2012

    Security magazine has ranked Drexel University No. 3 in the nation for safety among colleges and universities for 2012. This marks the third consecutive year that Drexel ranked in the top 10. Drexel and the University of Pennsylvania, which ranked at No. 1, were the only two universities in Pennsylvania in the top 20.

  • Drexel Sacramento Offers First Undergraduate Degree Program
    November 9, 2012

    Drexel University Sacramento announced it will begin offering its first undergraduate program in Sacramento in the fall of 2013.
  • Men's soccer 2012 mens soccer CAA Tournament
    November 9, 2012

    Drexel’s men's soccer team will play host to the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament this weekend, with semifinal games set for Friday evening and the championship game on Sunday afternoon. Drexel, the league's regular-season champion, will play Hofstra at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, All tournament games will be played at the Vidas Athletic Complex on 43rd and Powelton Ave.
  • Massenat Mershon Basketball opens 2013 season
    November 8, 2012

    Drexel’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will take the court on Friday to open the 2012-13 season. Both squads reached the Colonial Athletic Association Championship last year and return with equally high aspirations for this season. The men’s, who were picked to win the league in the preseason conference coaches/media poll, play at Kent State at 7 p.m. The women’s team, who are once again projected for a top-four finish in the conference, will travel to play at Providence with a 7 p.m. tip.

     

  • Field Hockey huddle Field Hockey 2012 NCAA Tournament
    November 8, 2012

    After winning its first ever Colonial Athletic Association title, Drexel’s field hockey team will face No. 2 Princeton (17-1) in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Championship on Saturday, Nov. 10. The Dragons (15-6) earned their first automatic bid by defeating the Northeastern Huskies in the conference championship, a 2-1 overtime affair. Drexel, ranked No. 15 in the nation, enters the NCAA tournament for the second time in the program's history.
  • CAA Field Hockey Champions FH CAA Championship
    November 5, 2012

    A goal by sophomore Christina Conrad in the third minute of overtime gave Drexel Field Hockey its first Colonial Athletic Association Championship with a 2-1 victory over Northeastern. Playing on their home turf at Buckley Field in front of a capacity crowd, the Dragons came back from an early 1-0 deficit to claim their first conference title as a member of the CAA and earn an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Dr. Robert Field What the Election Means for Health Reform: Roundtable Discussion on November 16
    November 2, 2012

    Experts in law, medicine and public health will explore prospects for the future of health reform and the health care system at What the Election Means for Health Reform, a roundtable discussion sponsored by Drexel University’s Earle Mack School of Law and School of Public Health at the Academy of Natural Sciences on November 16.

  • DAC Pack Seven Drexel Teams Achieve 100 Percent on NCAA Graduation Success Rate Metric
    November 1, 2012

    Seven of Drexel’s varsity athletic teams scored 100 percent on the latest Graduation Success Rate (GSR) announced by the NCAA. Overall, Drexel Athletics scored 92 percent on the GSR.
  • men's soccer team fall athletics CAAs
    November 1, 2012

    For the first time in the history of Drexel athletics, the Dragons will send three teams to their respective conference tournaments following a tour de force by the school’s squads this fall. Drexel’s field hockey team will host the Colonial Athletic Association Championship this weekend after earning the top seed. The second-seeded women’s soccer team will travel Williamsburg, Va. to play in the tournament semifinals on Friday, while the men’s team wraps up its regular-season run against James Madison with a chance to earn the top spot in its tournament.
  • computer zombie Twitter Zombie
    October 31, 2012

    Taking a close look at the steady flow of millions of 140-character messages per day generated on Twitter is akin to trying to take a drink from the torrent of a fire hydrant’s discharge. But thanks to sophisticated software named in homage to the researcher, transfixed on a computer monitor, that it is designed to relieve -the “TwitterZombie” is helping researchers at Drexel collect tweets without being washed away.

  • Philanthropist Philip B. Lindy Philanthropist Philip Lindy Receives Civic Engagement Award from Drexel
    October 25, 2012

    Drexel University President John A. Fry announced today that philanthropist Philip B. Lindy will receive the 2012 Joseph Jacovini Outstanding Service Award, the highest honor that the University bestows upon non-alumni in recognition of their service. The award will be presented on Saturday, November 17, at the annual Anthony J. Drexel Society Gala, Drexel’s premier annual black-tie event.
  • Hubo valve DARPA robotics challenge
    October 24, 2012

    A 10-school collaboration led by Drexel University is one of several groups worldwide who are working to advance robotics technology for disaster relief as part of a challenge laid down by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Teams from academia, industry and the private sector will attempt to design and deploy a robot capable of disaster response in radioactive or bio-contaminated areas; the robot must drive vehicles, navigate human-centered environments, use tools and manipulate equipment.
  • barcode Barcode 60th Anniversary
    October 22, 2012

    In 1952 a pair of graduate students from school then called the Drexel Institute of Technology, patented a system for instant electronic recall of product information using patterns of lines of varying widths. Sixty years later, the barcode remains an enduring symbol of technology that’s stood the test of time. On Monday, Oct. 22 Drexel and the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) commemorated the anniversary of this invention by dedicating a plaque honoring Norman Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver in Drexel’s Bossone Research Enterprise Center.

  • Drexel Players Open Season with Spelling Bee
    October 18, 2012

    The musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” one of the most popular musicals of the last decade, will be presented by the Drexel Players from Nov. 9-18 at Drexel University’s Mandell Theater (33rd and Chestnut Streets). The show will open the 2012-2013 season for the Drexel Players, a student-run theater organization in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.

  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University STEM Career Days to Inspire Philadelphia Public School Students at the Academy of Natural Sciences
    October 18, 2012

    Philadelphia public middle-school students and their teachers will be able to interact with scientists from FMC Corporation and explore learning and career opportunities in science and math thanks to a grant from the Philadelphia-based chemical company, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University announced today.

  • PUC and Drexel to Host Forum on Energy Jobs
    October 16, 2012

    With an abundance of energy jobs available and more expected to be added through the next decade, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) will partner with Drexel University to host an Energy Utility Forum on Nov. 2 for Philadelphia-area college students.
  • Entourage Entourage creator visits campus
    October 16, 2012

    Doug Ellin, the man behind HBO’s hit series “Entourage,” will be on campus for a conversation and Q&A session at the Westphal School of Media Arts and Design on Oct. 16. The creator of some of the most well-known and culturally beloved characters –Vince, Turtle, Drama, Ari and E—will sit down with Karen Curry, executive director of the Kal & Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies, for a look at what it takes to be successful in the entertainment business.
  • Researchers Describe the Physical Forces Underlying Sickle Cell Disease
    October 16, 2012

    Researchers at Drexel University have identified the physical forces in red blood cells and blood vessels underlying the painful symptoms of sickle cell disease. Their experiment, the first to answer a scientific question about sickle cell disease using microfluidics engineering methods, may help future researchers better determine who is at greatest risk of harm from the disease. They report their findings in Cell Press’s Biophysical Journal today.
  • Witnesses To Hunger Exhibit Shows the Impact of Hunger in Baltimore
    October 16, 2012

    A “Witnesses to Hunger” exhibit, featuring the photographs of parents from Baltimore, Boston, and Philadelphia who have experienced hunger and poverty first-hand, will run through October in Baltimore. It is one of multiple ways anti-hunger advocates are coming together this month to raise awareness about the challenges of living in or near poverty and to fight hunger in Maryland.

  • Cuisine from the Collections Crickets, Worms on Menu at Halloween Cocktail Party Hosted by Academy of Natural Sciences
    October 12, 2012

    Cuisine From the Collections will take place from 7–10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway). Adventurous grazers will be treated to an eclectic variety of food options such as venison, seaweed and dishes prepared with ingredients not found in most kitchens, including healthful crickets and worms.
  • Drexel Launches New Website on LGBT Issues in Sport
    October 10, 2012

    On National Coming Out Day, October 11, Drexel University’s Goodwin College for Professional Studies will launch the research and activism network “LGBT Issues in Sport: Theory to Practice,” which aims to be the definitive resource for research on LGBT issues in sport.

  • Bossone Drexel Biomed Opens its Doors to Innovation Community
    October 10, 2012

    A wristwatch that can check your blood pressure, a belly band for expecting mothers to monitor their baby’s vital signs and a way for doctors to sterilize their hands without getting them wet – these innovations are just a few of the ideas that will be on display as Drexel University and the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation provide a glimpse into the future of medical technology at the Innovation Technology & Talent Showcase on Oct. 31.
  • The Free Library of Philadelphia Philadelphia Educators to Discuss Innovations in STEM Education
    October 9, 2012

    Drexel University’s School of Education will host the second event in the Critical Conversations in Urban Education lecture series on Monday, October 22, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. A panel of teachers and principals will explore the innovative work of educators in Philadelphia schools, with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.
  • Preventing Firefighter Injuries and Casualties by Examining the Culture of Safety
    October 9, 2012

    Drexel University was awarded a three-year, $1 million fire prevention and safety grant last month to develop tools to improve on-the-job safety for firefighters. Researchers will develop a survey to measure the safety climate – the measurable aspect of an organization’s or group’s attitudes toward safe behavior or “culture of safety”– for use in fire departments and by fire safety researchers.

  • Drexel to Establish Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships
    October 4, 2012

    With the help of a $10 million gift by Dana and David Dornsife, Drexel University President John A. Fry announced today the establishment of the Dana and David Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships to be located on a 1.3-acre site in the heart of West Philadelphia. Expected to open in 2014, the Dornsife Center will be located at 35th and Spring Garden Streets on a vacant site that currently includes two historical properties and a school totaling more than 29,400-square-feet of space.