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  • 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.
  • Sifting Liquid Using Nanotubes
    July 17, 2012

    Drexel University engineers continue to drive research into the use of carbon nanotubes, straw-like structures that are more than 1,000 times thinner than a single human hair. Their most recent development uses the tiny tubes to separate liquids within a solution.  

  • Keith Ayers, N. Taylor Mullen and Matt Lesnak team Drexel Dragons at Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals Computer Science Design Team Wins Microsoft Imagine Cup World Championship
    July 11, 2012

    Drexel University computer science graduates Matt Lesnak, Keith Ayers and N. Taylor Mullen claimed a world championship in the Microsoft Imagine Cup technology design competition after their “Math Dash” game rose to the top from a field of 106 teams from 75 countries. The group, dubbed team “Drexel Dragons,” won the game design mobile category with a smartphone app that turns learning math concepts into a fun game.

  • Engineers Develop New Grid-Level Energy Storage Technology
    July 10, 2012

    In the aftermath of the recent United Nations Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, the focus of many industrialized nations is beginning to shift toward planning for a sustainable future. One of the foremost challenges for sustainability is efficient use of renewable energy resources, a goal that hinges on the ability to store this energy when it is produced and disburse it when it is needed.
  • Theater Program Director Nick Anselmo works with kids in the Mantua in Action summer program Mantua Middle School Students Try Sports, Playwriting in Summer Program
    July 9, 2012

    Mantua in Action, a new summer program serving 178 Mantua middle school students from June 25 – August 10, is bringing together sports and enrichment opportunities to help students develop athletic skills and academic abilities, benefit from peer and adult role models, and demonstrate greater competence and hope for the future.

  • Drexel Engineering Receives Obama Singh grant
    July 9, 2012

    An educational initiative, jointly funded by India and the United States, has paired Drexel University with the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi to create a resource for assessing the human health risks of microbial contamination.
  • New Certificate in Global Health at School of Public Health
    July 9, 2012

    The Drexel University School of Public Health has announced a new global health certificate program starting in September 2012. The certificate program, which is part of the school’s new Global Health Initiative, is designed for current students and working professionals looking to acquire additional skills or to have a greater impact on improving the health of others on a global scale.

  • Geekadelphia Awards at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
    July 5, 2012

    The nominees for the second annual Philadelphia Geek Awards, a black-tie awards ceremony honoring the city’s vibrant geek scene, were announced July 5.

  • Moose diorama in the Academy's North American Hall Unfrozen in Time - New Sound Installation Brings Historic Dioramas to Life at the Academy of Natural Sciences
    July 3, 2012

    A new art installation that opened this week at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University brings the historic dioramas to life with roaring, braying, running, calling, chirping and all manner of lively sounds animals make and use to communicate. The “music to the ears” of visitors as they enter the museum's North American Hall is actual recordings of animals in the wild. 

  • Rising Heat at the Beach Threatens Leatherback Sea Turtles, Climate Change Models Show
    July 1, 2012

    New research suggests that climate change could exacerbate existing threats to critically endangered leatherback turtles and nearly wipe out the population in the eastern Pacific. Deaths of turtle eggs and hatchlings in nests buried at hotter, drier beaches are the leading projected cause of the potential climate-related decline, according to a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change by a research team from Drexel, Princeton University, other institutions and government agencies.

  • photo of Dr. Daniel Schidlow, Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Dean and senior vice president, medical affairs at the Drexel University College of Medicine Dr. Daniel Schidlow Appointed Drexel College of Medicine Dean
    June 27, 2012

    Internationally recognized clinician in pediatric diseases Dr. Daniel V. Schidlow has been appointed Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Dean and senior vice president, medical affairs at the Drexel University College of Medicine. Schidlow will assume the role from his current position as interim dean and senior vice president.
  • Dr. Yury Gogotsi at European Carbon Association Yury Gogotsi Named 2012 European Carbon Association Award Laureate
    June 26, 2012

    The research of Drexel University’s Dr. Yury Gogotsi, director of the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, has unlocked new and exciting uses of carbon that range from energy storage technology to biomedical applications. His contributions to the field of research and the international carbon research community were recognized by the European Carbon Association as an ECA Award Laureate at the 2012 World Conference on Carbon in Cracow, Poland on June 17-22.
  • Men's varsity eight at Henley Drexel Crew to Face Harvard at Henley
    June 25, 2012

    After rowing to victory in the Reading Town Regatta, the final prelude to the Henley Royal Regatta, Drexel’s men’s varsity eight boat has been selected to face Harvard University’s undefeated lightweight eight boat in the opening round of Henley’s Temple Challenge Cup.
  • VisAssistOverbrook-thmb Engineering Students Develop Apps For Visually Impaired
    June 21, 2012

    For people with visual impairments, daily activities such as reading a newspaper, texting or checking Facebook often require the extra step of sitting down at a computer or pulling out a text magnifier - a step that instantly signals their difference from those around them. A group of undergraduate computer science students at Drexel are now hoping to make these tasks as easy and common as using a smartphone.
  • Photo of Fresh Food Hub on Lancaster Drexel and Partners Bring Fresh Produce to West Philadelphia Community
    June 20, 2012

    Recently the Fresh Food Hub, a non-profit food truck that serves low-income customers with produce to promote healthy eating, made its debut in West Philadelphia. Beginning as a pushcart market that appeared only once a week, the truck has expanded to provide a wide variety of produce and grocery items to the West Philadelphia community.

  • New Report on Job Market for Young Grads
    June 18, 2012

    Even as the job market has rebounded over the last two years, the employment prospects for young college graduates have continued to deteriorate, according to a new report by Dr. Paul E. Harrington and Dr. Neeta P. Fogg, labor economists in Drexel University’s Center for Labor Market and Policy. Rather, even during this period of net job creation, young college graduates saw their employment rates fall at the same time as their mal-employment rates increased.
  • Urban garden designed by Drexel students Drexel Students Design Urban Garden for West Philly Seniors
    June 13, 2012

    An urban garden, called the “Healthy Outdoor Garden Oasis,” created by students from Drexel University and sponsored by the Drexel University Office  for Community Initiatives, is now open at the Mantua Presbyterian Apartments, a HUD Section 202 senior housing community of Presby’s Inspired Life.

  • Drexel Hebrew Univ IDR Partnership Funds New BioTech
    June 13, 2012

    Four new methods for delivering improved medication within the bodies of suffering patients are now on track to be developed for commercialization as part of a research partnership between Drexel University and The Institute for Drug Research of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

  • Photo of graduating students in front of Dragon Park Statue Drexel Celebrates 2012 Commencement
    June 12, 2012

    Drexel University will celebrate its 125th commencement on its University City campus with five separate ceremonies honoring Drexel’s graduating class, June 15 and16. More than 5,000 students will receive a degree from Drexel this year. Drexel will award honor 17 honorary degrees to prominent individuals distinguished in their fields.

  • A medical researcher works in the lab. Drexel University College of Medicine Hosts Unique International Symposium
    June 7, 2012

    Top infectious disease research scientists from across the country and around the world, including a Nobel Prize winner, will gather in Philadelphia later this month when Drexel University College of Medicine hosts the 2012 International Symposium on Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease. The symposium will be held June 19-21 in the New College Building (15th & Vine Streets) in Geary Auditorium B.
  • Drexel Delegation Celebrates Official Opening of Drexel-SARI Center in China
    June 7, 2012

    A Drexel University delegation led by Drexel President John A. Fry marked the official opening of the Drexel-SARI Center in Shanghai on June 6 with a celebration at the Center that included a performance by musicians from The Philadelphia Orchestra.
  • Driver's Side Mirror with No Blind Spot Receives U.S. Patent
    June 7, 2012

    A side mirror that eliminates the dangerous “blind spot” for drivers has now received a U.S. patent. The subtly curved mirror, invented by Drexel University mathematics professor Dr. R. Andrew Hicks, dramatically increases the field of view with minimal distortion. 

  • Drexel President Fry greets attendees at the launch of the Anthony J. Drexel book. Drexel Delegation Celebrates Translation of Book on University Founder in Mandarin
    June 5, 2012

    Drexel University and the Pennsylvania Center in Shanghai celebrated the launch of the Chinese translation of The Man Who Made Wall Street: Anthony J. Drexel and the Rise of Modern Finance. The biography of Drexel University’s founder, Anthony J. Drexel, reveals the life of a man who selflessly laid the foundation for later Wall Street giants JP Morgan and others, making possible the United States’ transition from an agrarian society to an industrialized nation. The mandarin translation of the book will be available in China this month. Drexel President John Fry, who is in China leading a delegation of University administrators, was at the celebration announcing the launch of the book.
  • A nurse practitioner at the 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University provides primary care to members of the underserved North Philadelphia community. Nurse-Run 11th Street Health Center Prepares for Future Growth
    June 5, 2012

    The 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University has received a grant to support the expansion of health services from the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, through its Blue Safety Net initiative. The one-year grant of $75,000 will help the center build upon the primary health care and health services it provides in its underserved community, while Drexel continues to plan expansion beyond the limitations of the center’s current small facility.
  • Drexel Computer Science Students Avance to Imagine Cup World Finals
    May 30, 2012

    A team of Drexel undergraduate computer science majors earned national acclaim as part of the Microsoft Imagine Cup technology design competition. Team “Drexel Dragons,” who designed a smartphone app to help make learning math concepts more fun, claimed the U.S. title in the competition and was recently selected, from a field of international champions, to participate in the worldwide finals in Sydney, Australia in July.

  • Albaugh - ELOY Albaugh Named Engineering Leader of the Year 2012
    May 30, 2012

    Drexel University’s College of Engineering has selected James F. Albaugh, the president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and executive vice president of The Boeing Company, as Drexel’s 2012 Engineering Leader of the Year. Albaugh, who joins a prestigious group of engineering luminaries who have received the honor, will be presented with the award at a luncheon ceremony on Wednesday, June 27.
  • El Niño Weather and Climate Change Threaten Survival of Baby Leatherback Sea Turtles
    May 23, 2012

    Drexel University researchers have found that the climate conditions at a major leatherback turtle nesting beach affects the early survival of turtle eggs and hatchlings. They predict, based on projections from multiple models, that egg and hatchling survival will drop by half in the next 100 years as a result of global climate change.

  • Drexel Students Launch Social Event App and Website for College Students Nationwide
    May 22, 2012

    For most students getting a quick overview of all events taking place around campus in one single place at a tap of their smartphone, seems almost impossible. Involvio, a new website and app developed by a group of Drexel students led by Ari Winkleman, a senior graduating in June from Drexel’s LeBow College of Business, not only makes it possible for students to view all events on campus at any particular time, but—as an added bonus—enables students to link Involvio directly with their Facebook accounts to see how many of their friends are attending each event. 

  • Three Medical Students Selected as 2012 Schweitzer Fellows
    May 22, 2012

    The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship recently selected three Drexel University College of Medicine students as Greater Philadelphia Schweitzer Fellows for 2012-13. Phoebe Dacha, Alicia Howard, and Ashley Stephens will join approximately 240 other Schweitzer Fellows from across the country in conceptualizing and carrying out service projects that address the unmet health needs of underserved individuals and communities.
  • Drexel to Conduct Health Screenings at City Council President Veterans Fair
    May 15, 2012

    Faculty and students from the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University will offer comprehensive health screenings at the Philadelphia City Council Veterans Resource Fair on Monday, May 21.
  • Environmental Science Education Enhanced with Drexel-Academy of Natural Sciences Partnership, Experiential Learning
    May 14, 2012

    This fall, Drexel Environmental Science students will have a breadth of new research and academic opportunities locally and across the globe as a result of the University’s unique academic affiliation with the Academy of Natural Sciences. Out of the affiliation comes the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science (BEES), where students will work and learn among some of the world’s leading scientists and have access to the Academy’s extensive natural science collections and community outreach programs.
  • Dr. Christopher Vinnard Tuberculosis Drug Bioavailability Global Health Research Project Receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant
    May 10, 2012

    Drexel University College of Medicine announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Christopher Vinnard, M.D., MPH, assistant professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases & HIV Medicine, will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled "A Novel Diagnostic Test for Poor Anti-TB Drug Bioavailability."
  • President Emeritus of the Association of American Medical Colleges to Speak at Drexel Medicine Commencement
    May 2, 2012

    President emeritus of the Association of American Medical College Jordan J. Cohen, M.D. will deliver the keynote address during the commencement ceremony for Drexel University College of Medicine on Friday, May 18 at 9 a.m. at the Kimmel Center.
  • Engineering Students Represent Drexel at National EPA Competition
    April 30, 2012

    Can liquid waste discharge from landfills actually be turned into a valuable fuel source? A group of students from Drexel Universitys College of Engineering are presenting this possibility as part of a sustainability design competition hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency that could earn them a $90,000 grant.

  • HUBO throws first pitch 4-28-12 HUBO throws out opening pitch at Phillies game
    April 30, 2012

    Following forays into dancing, tai-chi, singing and playing the drums, Drexel’s adult-size humanoid robot, HUBO, made its sporting debut on April 28. The robot, which was programmed by students in the College of Engineering, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Philadelphia Phillies' faced the Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park.

  • Team Drexel Dragons at the Microsoft Imagine Cup Competition Drexel Computer Science Students Claim U.S. Title at “Microsoft Imagine Cup” Competition
    April 26, 2012

    A team of Drexel undergraduate computer science majors earned national acclaim for designing smartphone apps as part of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup Competition. “Team Drexel Dragons” won the U.S. Championship for their design of a math learning program. Drexel sent two teams to the national final and now “Team Drexel Dragons” is among the field of competitors at the World Championship in Sydney, Australia in July.

  • Little girl photo from "Witnesses to Hunger" "Witnesses to Hunger" Displays Mothers' Photographic Testimony of Poverty in Philadelphia Exhibit
    April 26, 2012

    Working mothers, poverty and opportunity are powerful themes in the national political conversation. On May 2, a public exhibit will display photos and videos from women whose voices are too often missing from this dialogue: those who have experienced poverty and hunger first-hand. These “Witnesses to Hunger” are participants in a powerful research and advocacy project developed at the Drexel University School of Public Health.
  • Students from Germantown High School display their stained glass windows Stained glass windows by GHS students on display at Drexel
    April 26, 2012

    Fourteen colorful stained glass windows created by students from Germantown High School are currently on display as part of an exhibition entitled the “Hand-Eye Collaboration” at Drexel University’s James E. Marks Intercultural Center (33rd and Chestnut Streets). The exhibit symbolizes the power of art to bring together people of all races, religions, ages and backgrounds. It is free and open to the public, and will be on display through June 4.

  • Drexel Partners with The Philadelphia Orchestra for its Residency at China
    April 25, 2012

    Expanding its preeminent role as cultural ambassador between the United States and China, The Philadelphia Orchestra announced at a press conference held at Drexel University the details of its pilot 2012 Residency Week and Tour of China activities with the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing.

  • Photo of Peggy and Richard Greenawalt Drexel and Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia Partner
    April 23, 2012

    Drexel University and Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia announced a new partnership to support summer educational programming for low-income students from Philadelphia public schools who are transitioning to high school. In recognition of support from Drexel, the Breakthrough high school program has been renamed The Peggy and Richard Greenawalt Program, in honor of Drexel Board of Trustees Chairman Richard A. Greenawalt, and his wife, Peggy, a founding board member of Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia.
  • Teen Violence Prevention Research Brought to Life through Digitally Animated Videos
    April 23, 2012

    Working with West Philadelphia residents, researchers from Drexel's School of Public Health and Penn's School of Nursing created Briana and Damon, digital animation characters voiced by members of the community, as a novel strategy to communicate anti-violence messages grounded in community-based research.

  • Drexel Leads Charge for Digital Inclusion at Philly Tech Week
    April 20, 2012

    Drexel University will take part in Philly Tech Week’s annual celebration of innovation and technology from April 23-28. The week of events, exhibitions, panels and celebrations brings technologists, entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, educators, and enthusiasts together for a week of tech-related exhibits, demonstrations, discussions and gatherings throughout the city.

  • President John Fry and ITU President Muhammed Sahin Drexel President John Fry Leads Delegation to Turkey
    April 20, 2012

    Drexel University President John Fry led a delegation of University administrators, faculty from Drexel’s School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems and College of Engineering, and representatives from Duke University and The Johns Hopkins University and industry partners through a five-day tour of Turkey’s epicenters for research and technological innovation. This Innovation Partnership Forum Delegation, spent time at some of the nation’s top universities, visited innovative “technoparks” and participated in a national biomedical engineering summit.
  • Drexel Engineer Develops New Class of Ferroelectric Materials
    April 20, 2012

    Drexel University’s Dr. James Rondinelli, an assistant professor in the College of Engineering, has developed a method of constructing new electrically switchable  materials through a form of atomic alchemy that resembles microscopic sandwich making. The resultant material could find use in a variety of applications including video game consoles, transit passes and medical imaging technology.
  • Dr. Ellen Giarelli Nursing for Autism Across the Lifespan Highlighted in New Book
    April 17, 2012

    The growing number of children and adults on the autism spectrum represent a growing need for quality health care that is sensitive to the issues they face. This is the premise and challenge behind a new text, Nursing of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence-based Integrated Care across the Lifespan (Springer, April 2012), edited by Dr. Ellen Giarelli, an associate professor in Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, with Dr. Marcia Gardner.
  • Daskalakis' Gift in Support of Athletics
    April 13, 2012

    Drexel University alumnus and benefactor John A. Daskalakis,‘63, has committed a $3 million gift in support of Drexel Athletics. The gift from the Drexel Hall of Famer and former standout on the lacrosse field will make it possible for Drexel to enhance its athletics program and upgrade the athletic center that already bears Daskalakis’ name.
  • Greemfield School - PSF - courtesy of Jeff Fusco Drexel University at Philadelphia Science Festival
    April 12, 2012

    Drexel University will play a big role in the celebration of science at the annual Philadelphia Science Festival. The festival, which runs from April 20-29, brings scientists and science enthusiasts together for a week of science-related exhibits, demonstrations and gatherings throughout the city. Drexel students, faculty and professional staff will take part in events each day during the festival. Click "read more" for a full schedule of all Drexel-related activities during the week.

  • Beetle research College of Engineering Drexel Engineering Beetle Research
    April 9, 2012

    Rhinoceros beetles could play a big part in the next generation of aircraft design with the help of researchers in Drexel University’s Mechanical Engineering Department.  Dr. MinJun Kim, an associate professor in Drexel's College of Engineering, is leading a team of engineers in National Science Foundation-funded research that examines the function and aerodynamics of the Allomyrina dichotoma beetle in collaboration with Konkuk University in South Korea.