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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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  • 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.
  • Bill Cosby interacts with 11th Street patients during his visit to a cooking class Bill Cosby Performs Benefit for 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University
    October 3, 2012

    Bill Cosby performs Oct. 5 to benefit the Expansion Fund for 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University (11th Street), a health center located in the heart of the Richard Allen Homes in North Philadelphia. Cosby spent several years during his youth living in that area, then known as the Richard Allen Housing Project.
  • scdc career fair SCDC Fall 2012 Career Fair
    October 2, 2012

    With more than 210 employer organizations lining up to recruit from more than 1,300 students and alumni, Drexel University’s Fall Career Fair is receiving the largest response in the past five years. The Oct. 3 event, that welcomes a variety of employers from around the region, will be held in the Drexel Armory on 33rd Street between Market and Arch streets.

  • Drexel Students Watch Presidential Debate at "Pizza and Politics" Party
    October 2, 2012

    Drexel University students will gather in Nesbitt Hall’s Stein Auditorium (3215 Market Street) for a live screening of the first debate on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at 8:30 p.m. The debate will be followed by a discussion led by members of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. Students will also be able to register to vote and receive information on Pennsylvania's new voter ID law.

  • squash thmb US Open Squash Championship 2012
    October 2, 2012

    The varsity basketball court at the Daskalakis Athletic Center will once again be transformed into a world-class squash arena as the world’s greatest men’s and women’s squash players will compete in the 2012 Delaware Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships from Oct. 4-12.

  • Fire safety app demo PFD Fire Safey App
    September 27, 2012

    The Philadelphia Fire Department and Drexel University are teaming up to release the “Philadelphia Fire Department Safety App,” a program giving smartphone users instant access to a wide range of safety and emergency preparedness information. The web-based application, optimized for iOS and Android platforms, will include information about smoke alarms, home escape planning, hospital locations and first aid tips.

  • Walnut Hill Community Farm - planter Walnut Hill Community Farm
    September 27, 2012

    Neighborhood outreach turned an old SEPTA lot into a community garden at 46th and Market streets. Some ingenuity from a group of freshman engineering students at Drexel University is helping to keep it sustainable. This summer, 11 students from a freshman design class in the College of Engineering took on the challenge of irrigating, tilling and heating the farm in order to allow for year-round growing.

  • Exterior photo of Powel Elementary School Drexel, Powel and SLA Partner for New Public Shool
    September 25, 2012

    The Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) has awarded $215,000 to a collaboration among Samuel Powel Elementary School (Powel), Science Leadership Academy (SLA) and Drexel University. The investment from the Great Schools Fund will support planning for the expansion of Powel, a K-4 district school near Drexel in West Philadelphia, and the creation of a new middle school to serve the same neighborhood.

  • Drexel Receives First LEED Certification for Papadakis Building
    September 20, 2012

    Drexel University was awarded LEED Gold certification for the University’s Constantine N. Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, which includes the first biowall at an academic institution in the country.
  • Law student Jessica Farris Drexel Law Grad Helps Free Wrongfully Convicted Man after 19 Years in Prison
    September 19, 2012

    On September 21, a 37-year-old California man wrongfully imprisoned for just under 19 years is expected to gain his freedom, thanks in part to the efforts of a recent graduate of the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University.
  • Law professor Karl Okamoto Drexel Law Professor Creates First MOOC to Teach Business Acquisition Skills
    September 17, 2012

    Law students, practicing attorneys and anyone interested in business acquisitions will be able to polish their transactional lawyering skills thanks to a new massive open online course (MOOC) created by Karl Okamoto, a professor in the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University. While some of the nation’s most elite universities are collaborating to offer a variety of courses through MOOCs, this will be among the first law school courses delivered in this way.
  • Dr. Douglas J. Futuyma, distinguished professor of ecology and evolution at the State University of New York at Stony Brook Academy of Natural Sciences Joseph Leidy Award Goes to a Stony Brook Evolutionary Biologist
    September 13, 2012

    A leading evolutionary biologist whose textbooks on evolution are widely read by college students around the country will receive the prestigious Joseph Leidy Award, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University announced today.

  • Math Forum NSF Awards $2.2 Million to Project Studying Community-Based Development for Math Teachers
    September 11, 2012

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $2.2 million to a project created by the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University, the Math Forum @ Drexel and the College of Education at Temple University to study community-based professional development for middle and high school mathematics teachers.

  • What Makes A Masterpiece? Renowned Dance Critic Will Discuss at Drexel
    September 10, 2012

    Internationally renowned dance critic Deborah Jowitt will explore the topic “What Makes A Masterpiece?” on Thursday, October 4 from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Mandell Theater (33rd and Chestnuts Sts.), hosted by the dance program in Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. The event is free and open to the public.
  • Keith Orris to Lead Drexel's Corporate Relations and Economic Development
    August 30, 2012

    Drexel University has appointed Lancaster General Health Senior Vice President Keith A. Orris as senior vice president for Corporate Relations and Economic Development, a new position that will play a key role in realizing the vision of Drexel’s new strategic plan. Orris will join the University on October 15.

  • Drexel Partners with National Constitution Center to Create Free Webcast on the Presidency
    August 24, 2012

    Drexel University’s Learning Technologies Group in the School of Education worked in partnership with the National Constitution Center to create a free webcast, Constitution Hall Pass: The Presidency, in celebration of the U.S. Constitution’s milestone 225th anniversary. The webcast, the latest edition of the National Constitution Center’s Constitution Hall Pass series, will be available starting Monday, September 10, at constitutioncenter.org/constitutionday.
  • Olympic Park Drexel Students Travel to London Paralympic Games
    August 21, 2012

    Nine Drexel University students will travel to London from August 31 through September 8 to see the 2012 Paralympic Games, as part of the travel-integrated course “Perspectives on Disability,” the fourth course in the Great Works Symposium 2012 Series.
  • iBE PEF breast cancer detection technology DoH grant
    August 20, 2012

    Physicians could soon have a new, noninvasive and radiation-free option when it comes to performing regular breast exams. A hand-held device, using technology developed at Drexel University, that can detect cancer by sensing the elasticity of breast tissue is moving into the final stages of testing and development with help from a Pennsylvania Department of Health grant.
  • Giant Panda Conservation Researchers from China to Speak at Drexel
    August 16, 2012

    Three leading scientists involved in the conservation of giant pandas at the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base in Chengdu, China will present a mini-symposium, “Biology and Conservation of the Giant Panda,” at Drexel University on August 22.
  • Topping Out Ceremony Major Construction Milestone for Drexel's LeBow College of Business
    August 15, 2012

    Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business faculty, staff and students will be joined by the Drexel community for a ceremony to mark the placing of the final beam on the new 12-story, 177,500 square-foot business center that will change the face of Drexel and Market Street.

  • Dr. Chuck Williams Drexel Professor Teaches Life Skills to Foster Youth
    August 10, 2012

    Thirty ninth-grade students from Arise Academy Charter High School, the only charter school for foster youth in the country, will receive individual mentoring and social skills training through a new partnership with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Students will also receive additional life-skills training from Dr. Chuck Williams, a professor in Drexel University’s School of Education and a 2012 Stoneleigh Fellow, who is himself a former foster youth.
  • microchip pencil Wireless Network-on-Chip
    August 7, 2012

    “Location, location, location”: That age-old key to successful real estate investing has also been the driving mantra in microchip architecture. But with space on the tiny silicon chips at a premium, as demand for faster, smaller technology increases, engineers at Drexel University could be adding “bandwidth” and “frequency” to the chip design paradigm by adding wireless antennas to the chips.

  • Academy Celebrates Bugs in August With Nature's Assassins and Bug Fest
    August 6, 2012

    Dozens of live deadly scorpions, notorious black widow spiders, and giant centipedes will be on special display throughout August, as the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University celebrates its Bicentennial with bug month. The creepy crawly experience really ratchets up Aug. 11 and 12 with the 5th annual Bug Fest celebration.
  • UAV prototype Engineers adding arms to unmanned aerial vehicles
    August 1, 2012

    Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), such as those used by the military for surveillance and reconnaissance, could be getting a hand –and an arm– from engineers at Drexel University as part of a National Science Foundation grant to investigate adding dexterous limbs to the aircrafts. The project, whose subject harkens to the hovering android iconography of sci-fi movies, could be a step toward the use of UAVs for emergency response and search and rescue scenarios.
  • Jim Tucker receives an award from NACUBO Drexel Senior Vice President Receives Distinguished Business Officer Award
    July 31, 2012

    Jim Tucker, senior vice president for Student Life and Administrative Services at Drexel University, was awarded the Distinguished Business Officer Award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), for his 35 years of leadership in higher education administration.
  • Diagram shows the role of the protein importin beta1 in signaling after nerve damage at the axon, from the axon to the cell body. Long-Distance Distress Signal from Periphery of Injured Nerve Cells Begins with Locally Made Protein
    July 30, 2012

    New research recently published in Neuron, co-authored by Drexel's Dr. Jeffery Twiss, is one of the strongest indicators yet of molecular signaling from end to end in peripheral nerve cells. The team's new discoveries may help scientists better understand nerve cells' distress signals and nerve cell repair, so they can eventually control and enhance the process to speed up recovery from nerve injuries.

  • Private Landowners Can Help Protect Biodiversity "Arks" in Tropical Reserves
    July 27, 2012

    Many of the world’s tropical protected areas are struggling to sustain their biodiversity, according to a study just published in Nature by more than 200 scientists from around the world. Among them, Drexel's  Dr. Sean O’Donnell, highlighted the important, beneficial role of private landowners who work to preserve biodiversity in their land surrounding tropical reserves.

  • PZT cantilever sensor - Mutharasan Diving Board Sensor Key to DNA Detection
    July 26, 2012

    A tiny vibrating cantilever sensor could soon help doctors and field clinicians quickly detect harmful toxins, bacteria and even indicators of certain types of cancer from small samples of blood or urine. Researchers from Drexel University are in the process of refining a sensor technology that they developed to measure samples at the cellular level into an accurate method for quickly detecting traces of DNA in liquid samples.

  • A preliminary design concept by a group of Drexel students for the A.J. Drexel Autism institute's mobile clinic Autism Outreach on Wheels: Students Design Mobile Clinics for A.J. Drexel Autism Institute
    July 19, 2012

    The newly established A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University is hitting the road with design assistance from students in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. Students are developing designs for the interior and exterior of a vehicle that will be used as a mobile clinic for research and community outreach, the first mobile unit for autism in the Philadelphia region. 

  • Mayor Nutter Announces $16 Million in Support of Philadelphia education
    July 18, 2012

    Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced a new, more than $16.2 million investment over the next four years by the Middleton family for educational, workforce training, and professional development programming.  John S. and Leigh Middleton selected eight targeted education efforts in which their investment will be distributed: the School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Academies, Inc., Philadelphia Youth Network and Drexel University through the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

  • Obesity and Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Insulin Resistance
    July 17, 2012

    The combination of obesity and vitamin D deficiency may put people at even greater risk of insulin resistance than either factor alone, according to new research from the Drexel University School of Public Health recently published early online in the journal Diabetes Care. Insulin resistance is a major risk factor for Type 2 diabetes, a condition that affects 25.6 million adults and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.