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  • Nanodiamonds in protoplanetary cloud Gogotsi Nature Nanotechnology Nanodiamonds
    December 22, 2011

    Nearly 50 years ago scientists discovered that detonating powerful explosives had the ability to create, not just destroy. Nanodiamonds, diamond-structured particles measuring less than 10 nanometers in diameter, which are the resultant residue from a TNT or Hexogen explosion in a contained space, are now being studied in a variety of science, technology and health applications. A team of researchers who specialize in nanotechnology, led by Dr. Yury Gogotsi, director of the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, offered a review of nanodiamond research, in the December 18 edition of Nature Nanotechnology to sift through new ways scientists are using these tiny treasures.
  • Holiday Survival Guide
    December 21, 2011

    During the holiday season, Drexel University experts are available to help news media with a variety of stories.

  • Drexel v. Villanova Hockey Crosstown Classic Club Hockey Game
    December 15, 2011

    On January 5, Dragons and Wildcats will take the ice under the stars on the outdoor rink at Citizens Bank Park in a matchup of city hockey rivals dubbed “The Crosstown Classic.” The contest, featuring Drexel and Villanova’s club hockey teams, is a unique outdoor hockey experience that is part of a weeklong slate of games surrounding the National Hockey League’s “Winter Classic” game on January 2.

  • Mural Arts timeline Student designs Mural Arts timeline
    December 13, 2011

    The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program officially opened a new public space, Mural Arts at The Gallery, the place to tour, shop, learn and create with the largest public art program in the world. Featured in the space is a mobile exhibit about the history of the Mural Arts Program, designed by graphic design student Randi Dean from Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.

  • Math Dash -Drexel Computer Science Computer Scientists Named Imagine Cup Finalists
    December 13, 2011

    A Windows Phone game to help elementary students enjoy learning math and a software program to manage volumes of healthcare information are just two of the brilliant concepts in the running for one of the top honors in computer science: The Microsoft Imagine Cup. These two innovative technology designs, both imagined and created by Drexel computer science students, rose to the top from a national field of competitors and earned first-round selection in the national technology design competition this fall.
  • Academy of Natural Sciences Re-Accredited by American Association of Museums
    December 7, 2011

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University has been awarded a renewal of its accreditation by the American Association of Museums (AAM). AAM accreditation is a widely recognized seal of approval that brings national recognition to a museum for meeting and often exceeding the standards and best practices of the museum field.

  • Philadelphia Executive is Elected New Chair of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
    December 2, 2011

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University announced the election of a new chair of its governing board and three new trustees from Drexel.

  • Joseph Hughes Named Drexel Engineering Dean
    November 30, 2011

    Drexel University has named Dr. Joseph B. Hughes, the Karen and John Huff  School chair and professor of civil, environmental and materials science engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, as dean of the University’s College of Engineering. Drexel President John A. Fry has announced that Hughes will begin his tenure at Drexel on January 15, 2012.
  • Gogotsi Questions Battery Efficiency Metrics
    November 29, 2011

    Solving the mystery of prematurely dead cell phone and laptop batteries may prove to be a vital step toward creating a sustainable energy grid according to Drexel researcher Dr. Yury Gogotsi. In a piece published in the November 18 edition of  Science, Gogotsi, who is the head of the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, calls for a new, standardized gauge of performance measurement for energy storage devices that are as small as those used in cell phones to as large as those used in the national energy grid.
  • CALEA Accreditation for Drexel
    November 29, 2011

    Three years after its first officers were deployed, the Drexel University Police Department (DUPD) has earned accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), becoming one of only 10 law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania and one of 51 colleges and universities nationwide to receive the prestigious recognition of public safety professional excellence.

  • Zipcar and Drexel Partner
    November 28, 2011

    Drexel University has partnered with Zipcar, Inc., the world’s leading car-sharing network, to offer a Zipcar car-sharing program on campus. The cost-effective and convenient transportation option is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to all students ages 18 and older, as well as faculty and professional staff members.

  • LeBow Professors Reveal Social Ties in Trading
    November 15, 2011

    In a new research paper that investigates social networks, informed trading and shareholder costs Drexel University LeBow College of Business professors conclude that the social ties of executives and directors to Wall Street can be quite costly to their shareholders.

  • Public Health Student Honored for Research on LGBT Youth Prescription Drug Abuse
    November 9, 2011

    Aleksandar Kecojevic, a second-year doctoral student at Drexel University’s School of Public Health, has been named the 2011 recipient of the Walter J. Lear Outstanding Student Research Award for his study of non-medical use of prescription drugs among high-risk LGBT youth.
  • Photo of Sandra Kirschenmann, Executive Director of the Sacramento Center for Graduate Studies Kirschenmann Sacramento Center Executive Director
    November 9, 2011

    Drexel University has named Dr. Sandra G. Kirschenmann, vice chancellor of resource development for Los Rios Community College District, as executive director of the Sacramento Center for Graduate Studies, announced Drexel President John A. Fry. She will begin her tenure at Drexel on December 12, and report to Provost Mark Greenberg.
  • Hospital Safety Climate Linked to Both Patient and Nurse Injuries
    November 7, 2011

    A safe working environment for nurses is also a safe environment for the patients in their care, according to a new study led by public health researchers at Drexel University, published online in BMJ Quality and Safety in October.

  • Donald Bersoff was apppointed President of the APA for 2013 Donald Bersoff Elected APA President
    November 3, 2011

    Drexel University professor Dr. Donald N. Bersoff, a national expert on legal and ethical issues in mental health, has been elected 2013 president of the American Psychological Association.

  • OFF CAMPUS OFF CAMPUS on CW Philly
    November 1, 2011

    WPSG-TV (The CW Philly 57) has announced that it will air “OFF CAMPUS,” a sitcom produced by students in Drexel’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, as part of its programming this fall. All three seasons, including the premiere of season three, of the all-student production will air on The CW Philly from November 5-26.
  • Drexel and UCD Program Offers Paid Training to Certified Medical Assistants from West Philadelphia
    November 1, 2011

    In an effort to build real connections between Drexel and the West Philadelphia community, Drexel and UCD have developed a 14-week program that provides paid technical skills training, professional development training, mentoring by seasoned medical professionals, career development and job coaching services, and job opportunities through Drexel University College of Medicine.

  • CMJ Awards Cooley OBrien WKDU Named CMJ Station of the Year
    October 28, 2011

    Drexel’s student-run radio station WKDU (91.7 FM) was named “Station of the Year” for the second year in a row by College Music Journal, adding to a growing list of accolades for one of the stalwarts of FM student radio in the area.

  • Drexel Academy of Natural Sciences Complete Affiliation Agreement
    October 27, 2011

    The Academy of Natural Sciences President and CEO George W. Gephart, Jr., and Drexel University President John A. Fry, joined with Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the completion of an historic affiliation between the Academy and Drexel that will promote discovery, learning and civic engagement in the natural and environmental sciences and further enhance Philadelphia’s reputation as a leader in scientific research and education.

  • Drexel Receives Award for Geriatric Mental Health in Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum
    October 24, 2011

    Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions has received an award for infusing geropsychiatric nursing into its undergraduate nursing curriculum. The award, issued by the American Academy of Nursing’s (AAN) Geriatric Nursing Collaborative, recognizes Drexel’s leadership in preparing the next generation of nurses to address the mental health needs of older patients in a variety of health care settings.

  • URBN Center for Westphal College
    October 24, 2011

    Drexel University President John A. Fry has announced that the University will immediately begin renovation of the iconic Robert Venturi building, perhaps the best example of his celebrated “decorated shed,” at 35th and Market Streets. The Drexel Board of Trustees in its September meeting approved the financing package for construction of the URBN Center, which will serve as the new home for the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.

  • Nanoelectronics 2020 Beyond
    October 21, 2011

    A team of scientists and engineers led by Drexel materials science and engineering professor Dr. Jonathan Spanier and collaborators Dr. Andrew Rappe of the University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Lane Martin, Dr. Nadya Mason, and Dr. Moonsub Shim the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) joins a group of research teams nationwide in striving to revolutionize the tiny electronic components that keep the world’s technology moving at ever-increasing speeds.

  • Drexel and Shanghai Advanced Research Institute Announce Research Collaboration
    October 19, 2011

    Drexel University and the Shanghai Advanced Research Institute (SARI) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have signed a collaboration agreement that will bring together researchers from the two institutions for pioneering work in scientific and technological innovation.

  • Half the Sky art exhibition
    October 19, 2011

    Only one month remains for visitors to experience the historic exhibition of contemporary Chinese women artists, Half the Sky: Women in the New Art of China, which will be on display at Drexel University through Saturday, November 12, 2011.

  • Men's Basketball Team Drexel Basketball 2011-12 Season
    October 14, 2011

    With talented veteran teams returning, anticipation surrounding the start of Drexel men’s and women’s basketball season next month is undeniable. Supporters will have ample opportunities to get to know the teams in the coming weeks in preparation for their mid-November tip-off.

  • Image of the Smart House Smart House wins NOVA Award
    October 13, 2011

    The Drexel Smart House has been selected by the World Green Energy Symposium (WGES) to receive a 2011 NOVA Award during the third annual symposium from October 19 – 21 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The Smart House was nominated in the Educational Case Study category for its student-led, multidisciplinary approach to developing a sustainable model for urban residential living and entrepreneurial innovation.

  • PA Treasury Campus Energy Efficiency Fund
    October 5, 2011

    State Treasurer Rob McCord unveiled at Drexel an innovative financing opportunity that will help Pennsylvania colleges and universities cut utility costs through job-creating energy efficiency improvements that will also contribute to a cleaner environment. Drexel is the first institution to participate.

  • iSchool DataNet Federation Consortium
    October 3, 2011

    The iSchool at Drexel, College of Information Science and Technology is an active collaborator in a  new effort to address key data challenges facing scientific researchers in the digital age, led by the University of North Carolina.

  • Five-Story Biowall of Plants Serves as a Living Laboratory for Air Quality Research at Drexel
    September 29, 2011

    Drexel's new Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building features a five-story vertical wall of living plants – the largest such wall in North America and the only one at a U.S. university. Scientists and students at Drexel are studying the biowall, an active living filter that removes volatile organic compounds from the air, to get a better understanding of how it works.

  • LOOK on Lancaster Ave Public Art Project
    September 29, 2011

    The public art project LOOK! on Lancaster Avenue will open on September 30 with the unveiling of 16 visual and sound art installations, which will transform storefronts and windows of 13 vacant buildings along Lancaster Avenue through November 30.

  • half the sky sculpture Half the Sky Opening
    September 23, 2011

    Half the Sky: Women in the New Art of China , an historic exhibition of artwork by contemporary Chinese women artists, presented by Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, opened to the public with a reception on September 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the new Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert St).
  • Zombie Uprising Helps Nurse Educators' BRAINS
    August 15, 2011

    A simulated zombie uprising took two dozen health education professionals by surprise, giving them a hands-on lesson on what their students feel, and providing important lessons in emergency preparedness.

  • The Academy of Natural Sciences and Drexel Announce Historic Affiliation
    May 19, 2011

    The collaboration will further Philadelphia’s reputation as a leader in the Natural and Environmental Sciences; The Pew Charitable Trusts Announces $1 million grant

  • Coulter Foundation Helps Create 20 Million Endowment in Support of Biomedical Innovations
    April 26, 2011

    Drexel University was awarded $10 million by the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation to endow the Coulter Translational Research Partnership program. The University matched the Coulter Foundation’s $10 million grant creating a $20 million endowment to bring life saving solutions to clinical practice by moving promising biomedical discoveries to commercialization.

  • Drexel Receives $15 Million Gift in Support of Civic Engagement and Community Initiatives Drexel Receives 15 Million Gift in Support of Civic Engagement and Community Initiatives
    April 15, 2011

    In recognition of philanthropist Philip B. Lindy's generous support, Drexel will name the Center for Civic Engagement for Lindy.

  • Witnesses to Hunger Exhibition Spotlights Plight of Poverty-Stricken Women in Philadelphia
    December 10, 2008

    Groundbreaking research on hunger at Drexel University's School of Public Health shows personal experience of 40 mothers and their children