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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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  • 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.
  • HUBO Robots Perform Come Together by The Beatles
    April 2, 2012

    Four of Drexel's HUBO robots performed "Come Together" by The Beatles in a demonstration that combined cutting-edge engineering technology and research with creative expression. A video was produced by the Music & Entertainment Technology Laboratory (MET-lab).

  • CAEE research Drexel Engineering Research Helps Generate Efficient Bioterrorism Response Plan
    March 28, 2012

    Dealing with the threat of bioterrorism is just one of the many issues facing emergency preparedness agencies in the post-Sept. 11 world. Researchers in Drexel University’s College of Engineering are helping to answer important questions that will shape the way responders handle bioterrorism threats in the future.  Most recently, research from Drexel’s Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering offered findings that will advise the timing of reoccupying a building where there has been a bioterrorism attack.
  • Drexel Named Among Healthiest Employers
    March 23, 2012

    Drexel University received a Healthiest Employers Award by the Philadelphia Business Journal for the second year in a row. The University is the only higher education institution to receive the award.
  • Autism Experts at Drexel Available for Autism Awareness Month News Stories
    March 21, 2012

    Experts at Drexel University are available to comment for news stories about autism for Autism Awareness Month in April. Drexel recently established the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, the nation’s first autism center focused on public health science.
  • Bicentennial Festivities Begin March 24 at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
    March 21, 2012

    Bicentennial Weekend marks the official start of the Academy’s yearlong celebration of its 200th anniversary. Founded in 1812, the Academy is the oldest natural history museum in the nation, a world leader in natural science research and a major cultural destination in Philadelphia.

  • Drexel-Student-Named-Carnegie-Junior-Fellow
    March 20, 2012

    Drexel University's Nevena Bosnic, a senior majoring in economics, was selected for the 2012 Carnegie Junior Fellows Program. This highly competitive award enables recent graduates to work for a year with a senior fellow in one of the program areas of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

  • Dr. Craig Newschaffer AJ Drexel Autism Institute Receives $1.5 Million from the Charles and Barbara Close Foundation for Public Health Science
    March 20, 2012

    Drexel University has received a gift of $1.5 million from the Charles and Barbara Close Foundation, founded by Drexel alumnus Charles Close (’36), to help establish the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute. The Institute is the nation’s first autism center focused on public health science.
  • Drexel men's basketball Drexel Basketball Advances in Postseason Play
    March 16, 2012

    After earning concurrent postseason births for the first time in the programs’ history, Drexel’s men’s and women’s basketball teams are continuing to blaze a trail through the record books. The men’s team defeated Central Florida in the National Invitation Tournament to earn its first postseason victory since 1996, while the women’s team downed Fairfield on the road in the Women’s NIT to pick up its first postseason win in program history.

  • MDR IMA nominations MAD Dragon Records Earns Nine IMA Nominations
    March 15, 2012

    Music Resource Group has nominated Drexel University’s student-run record label, MAD Dragon Records, for nine Independent Music Awards. MAD Dragon is part of the Music Industry program in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. The group’s nine nominations are the most garnered by the label, which has received 30 nominations since 2007.
  • Drexel-Emphasis-on-Entrepreneurship-Baiada-Institute
    March 13, 2012

    The Laurence A. Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship will transition from a center of excellence within the LeBow College of Business at Drexel to a University-level institute, Drexel University President John A. Fry has announced.
  • Chef Gordon Ramsay of Kitchen Nightmares and Drexel student Andrew Bohinick Drexel Students Featured on "Kitchen Nightmares"
    March 12, 2012

    Drexel students Andrew Bohinick and John Boswell will show off their culinary chops in an upcoming episode of FOX’s “Kitchen Nightmares.” The episode, in which Chef Gordon Ramsay transforms Zócalo Mexican restaurant, will air on March 30th at 8 p.m. EST.

  • Fleisher Art Memorial Launches ColorWheels
    March 12, 2012

    Graphic design students from the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design created the vibrant multi-color design and logo for Fleisher Art Memorial's ColorWheels mobile art studio. Fleisher will launch ColorWheels, funded by a prestigious grant from PNC Arts Alive, with a ribbon-cutting and art-making event on Saturday, March 24 at 10 a.m. outside the PNC Branch at 8th and Christian Streets in Philadelphia.

  • Third Annual Transactional LawMeet
    March 9, 2012

    While generations of law students have sharpened their litigating skills in moot court and mock trial competitions, the Transactional LawMeet™ created by professor Karl Okamoto of the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University is the first of its kind anywhere that allows students  of transactional law to practice their deal-making skills against their peers. The law school will host the Third Annual Transactional LawMeet™ on March 29 and 30, beginning at 1:30 p.m.
  • Behind-the-Scenes Tours of Science Treasures for Academy of Natural Sciences Bicentennial
    March 9, 2012

    As part of its yearlong Bicentennial, the nation’s oldest natural history museum announced today that it will offer behind-the-scenes tours of its world-renowned scientific collections, normally open only to researchers by appointment.

  • Reverse-Osmosis filters Engineers Apply Water Monitoring System to Preserve Filtering Membrane
    March 8, 2012

    Researchers in Drexel University’s Environmental Engineering Department are collaborating with American Water to apply a new test that is intended to extend the lifespan of seawater filtering membranes by predicting the growth of damaging biofilm on them. The test, called Bioluminescent Saltwater Assimilable Organic Carbon (AOC), will help to measure the amount of biodegradable organic matter in seawater and enable researchers to predict the level of biological fouling –formation of biofilm- that could occur on the filtering membrane. American Water developed the AOC test, which will also help to reduce Reverse-Osmosis (RO) membrane fouling in the water desalination process.

  • robotic fish model Robotic Fish Research Receives NSF Funding
    March 8, 2012

    A robotic fish, developed in Drexel University’s College of Engineering, could soon be leading the way for development of unmanned, automated marine vehicles according to researchers in the Laboratory for Biological Systems Analysis. Dr. James Tangorra, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and mechanics, who heads the lab, is using the robotic fish model to understand the movement and sensory abilities of fish fins and attempting to translate this information into making more sophisticated marine systems for the Office of Naval Research.

  • Drexel-to-Present-Dragon-Exhibition
    March 5, 2012

    In celebration of the 2012 Year of the Dragon, Drexel University will host an exhibit dedicated to the dragon.  “The Iconography of the Dragon:  East and West,” made possible by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation will be open to visitors from April 2 to May 11 at the University’s Rincliffe Gallery on the third floor of Drexel’s Main Building at 32nd and Chestnut Streets.

  • Witnesses to Hunger logo Witnesses to Hunger Goes National with Women's Photographic Testimony of Poverty
    March 5, 2012

    A powerful research and advocacy project developed at the Drexel University School of Public Health featuring the voices and photography of women who have experienced hunger and poverty first-hand, is now expanding with the opening of “Witnesses to Hunger -  Boston.”
  • Gogotsi-and-Team-Advance-Understanding-of-Energy-Storage-Mechanism
    March 5, 2012

    An international team of materials researchers including Drexel University’s Dr. Yury Gogotsi has given the engineering world a better look at the inner functions of the electrodes of supercapacitors – the low-cost, lightweight energy storage devices used in many electronics, transportation and many other applications. In a piece published in the March 4 edition of Nature Materials, Gogotsi, and his collaborators from universities in France and England, take another step toward finding a solution to the world’s demand for sustainable energy sources.
  • Student-Conference-Explores-Relationships-to-Food
    March 1, 2012

    Drexel University’s Office of International Programs will host a daylong conference on March 2 on the global food crises and diverse and complex relationships to food. 

    Six student panels will tackle the central theme of food from various different interdisciplinary perspectives. The conference will bring together students and community groups, faculty, staff and alumni to address a wide range of issues related to the topic of food.

  • Study Identifies Pacific Danger Zones for Critically-Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles
    March 1, 2012

    A major new study of migration patterns has identified danger zones in the Pacific Ocean for critically endangered leatherback sea turtles. This new understanding could help inform decisions about fishing practices to help reduce further deaths of this fragile species. Drexel University’s Dr. James Spotila was coordinator for the study involving collaborators worldwide.
  • Do Women with Bulimia Have Both an Eating Disorder and a Weight Disorder?
    February 29, 2012

    Researchers at Drexel University have found that a majority of women with bulimia nervosa reach their highest-ever body weight after developing their eating disorder, despite the fact that the development of the illness is characterized by significant weight loss.

  • Dr. Stephen Lankenau Researchers Describe Link Between Prescription and Illicit Drug Misuse in High-Risk Populations
    February 27, 2012

    A new report from researchers at the Drexel University School of Public Health identifies patterns in the misuse of illicit drugs among young adults in Los Angeles and New York who also misuse prescription drugs.