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Events Listing

The Events Listing component functions the same way as the Upcoming Events component, but longer descriptions and images can be displayed. See below for an example of the Events Listing component. Implementation directions and parameters follow.

  • Developing a Research Plan Statement for the NSF GRFP (Virtual)

    Monday, July 15, 2024

    5:30 PM-7:00 PM


    • Undergraduate Students
    • Graduate Students
    • Alumni
    The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) provides selected fellows with three years of funding, including a living stipend and tuition funds, to support the research phase of their doctoral degree in STEM, social sciences, or STEM education. The current application cycle is open to US citizens and permanent residents planning to begin a research-focused graduate program in Fall 2025, or who will be in the 1st or 2nd year of a PhD program in Fall 2024.

    This first of three GRFP application workshops will cover how to develop and refine an effective research plan statement, one of the most important parts of your application.
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  • Leading Across Differences

    Tuesday, July 16, 2024

    9:00 AM-12:00 PM


    • Faculty
    • Staff

    Being able to lead teams in a way that fosters a welcoming and inclusive environment is a vital supervisory skill. Understanding the interactions that can take place on teams as a result of difference, and choosing leadership strategies appropriately, can be challenging. What happens when triggers divide team members from each other, or even from the supervisor? This workshop is intended to encourage participants to critically examine their own and others’ viewpoints, and practice using some leadership actions to work through these challenging situations.

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  • Electrified: Reunion Tour

    Tuesday, July 16, 2024

    9:00 AM-12:00 PM

    Peck Alumni Center Gallery 3142 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA The exhibition is open by appointment only.

    • Everyone

    Exhibition by appointment only on view February 19, 2024 through July 26, 2024. Reunion Tour explores the connections between the 1960s cultural revolution, music and the brain and the creation and interest in merchandise specifically surrounding the music scene. Reunion Tour once again brings together Westphal’s Art & Art History, Graphic Design and Music Industry programs and the College of Arts and Sciences Psychology department, to tell the story of music and its cultural and aesthetic influence. In a companion exhibition Sound – students created screenprint posters in the Screen Print II course with Professor Jen Blazina, showing their interpretation of sound. Electrified Reunion Tour highlights Drexel’s collection materials and faculty connections with the history of the Electric Factory and music in Philadelphia as well as demonstrating the connection between collections and exhibitions with curriculum at Drexel.

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  • International Graduate Student Informational Webinars

    Tuesday, July 16, 2024

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM

    Zoom Webinar

    • Graduate Students
    • International Students

    In addition to the pre-arrival webinars, the Graduate College is offering an additional series of webinars to help students get acquainted with campus resources and services as they prepare to begin their graduate study. These webinars are optional but highly encouraged.

    Discover Blackboard: Drexel's Learning Management System (LMS)
    Tuesday, July 16, 2024
    9 to 10 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

    In this workshop, students will learn the ins and outs about Blackboard Learn, Drexel's fully supported Learning Management System (LMS), also known as "Drexel Learn" or "Learn" for short. Learn is managed by Drexel University Information Technology and is fully integrated with the DrexelOne portal and the Banner Student Information System (SIS). All Drexel courses have a section created in DrexelLearn each term in which you will be enrolled. This webinar is curated by the Director of Instructional Technology from Information Technology, Dr. Michael Shelmet.


    Introducing Drexel Libraries and Services & Navigating the Waters of Academic Integrity with Artificial Intelligence (AI)
    Thursday, July 25, 2024
    9 to 10 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

    In this workshop, students will learn about the Drexel Libraries and services, Drexel's Academic Integrity policy, and Academic Integrity Pertaining to Artificial Intelligence (AI). Drexel's renowned Librarian, Jay Bhatt, will discuss the importance of academic integrity in the digital age, highlight the usage of ChatGPT and other large language models (LLMs) in academia. Key topics will include the importance of citations, the impact of scientific misconduct, and the role of tools like Retraction Watch in maintaining research integrity. The discussion will cover the responsible use of LLMs in coding and writing academic papers, emphasizing the need for verifying AI-generated citations against credible sources.


    The webinar sessions will be recorded and archived on this website for later viewing.

    If you have any questions about these webinars, please contact

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  • Developing Ultrasound Contrast Agents To Deliver siRNA to Spinal Cord Injury

    Tuesday, July 16, 2024

    10:00 AM-12:00 PM

    LeBow College of Business, Gerri C. LeBow Hall (GHALL), Room 368, located at 3220 Market Street. Also on Zoom.

    • Undergraduate Students
    • Graduate Students
    • Faculty
    • Staff

    BIOMED PhD Thesis Defense

    Developing Ultrasound Contrast Agents To Deliver siRNA to Spinal Cord Injury

    Brian E. Oeffinger, PhD Candidate
    School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
    Drexel University

    Margaret A. Wheatley, PhD
    John M. Reid Professor
    School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
    Drexel University

    Spinal cord injury (SCI) initiates a complex biological response and leads to the disruption of motor and sensory signals between the brain and the peripheral body at and below the level of damage. SCI can lead to a host of morbidities such as respiratory infections, and result in a reduced quality of life. There are no established regeneration methods to heal spinal cord damage, and treatment is limited to attempting to minimize secondary damage to the spinal cord. SCI repair is impeded by both the poor regenerative capacity of adult spinal cord and the formation of inhibitory scar tissue around a large cystic lesion. A successful healing strategy must simultaneously overcome the negative cues from the scar while providing positive cues to allow axons to grow across the lesion to connect with their targets.

    Our long-term goal is to develop a multi-component biocompatible platform that will enable a diversity of synergistic healing strategies at the site of SCI. This strategy includes a novel ultrasound-based system for targeted delivery of small interfering RNA (siRNA). Inhibiting the upregulation of neuronal proteins such as RhoA using siRNA could help mitigate the negative effects of the glial scar. However, the usefulness of naked siRNA is limited by its extreme instability in vivo and inability to penetrate the cell with ease. Both drawbacks can be addressed with the use of ultrasound and contrast agents. Ultrasound contrast agents (UCAs) are injectable, stabilized gas microbubbles that increase tissue image contrast, and can be loaded with therapeutics for use in directed delivery to desired sites, including SCI. The overall goal of this thesis was the development of UCAs loaded with RhoA siRNA for future delivery to SCI to initiate the downregulation of overexpressed RhoA protein that inhibits neuronal growth.

    A novel poly (lactic acid) (PLA) UCA, developed previously in our lab, was first investigated. It was hypothesized that these PLA microbubbles, when subjected to ultrasound, would burst using a frequency and pressure appropriate for use in the ultrasound-sensitive spinal cord, and fragmentation would facilitate delivery of siRNA. It was determined that the PLA microbubble burst best using an insonating frequency of 2.25 MHz, close to its resonance frequency, which was above the 1 MHz typically used to facilitate delivery. Bursting thresholds of approximately 0.3 MPa peak negative pressure (PNP) were found, lower than the pressure reported in the literature to be damaging. No evidence was found of the PLA UCA fragmenting or creating particles less than 0.5 µm due to ultrasound destruction, in contrast with previous results. A model siRNA was successfully combined with the PLA microbubbles. This was aided with the addition of the cationic polymer polyethyleneimine (PEI), which allowed for a loading up to 9.73 ± 0.30 µg /mg UCA, better than the calculated target of 7.5 µg/mg PLA UCA. The addition of PEI, however, was also found to prevent the release of the model siRNA during ultrasound induced microbubble bursting, rendering this solution ineffective.

    A surfactant based UCA developed ion our lab, SE61, was also investigated as it was believed that it could be modified to include a cationic species to facilitate loading anionic therapeutics. A new fabrication method that better allows for cationic additions was developed and was determined to create microbubbles with equivalent properties to prior methods. The cationic surfactant CTAB and the lipids DSTAP and DMTAP were found suitable for inclusion into SE61 without disruption to the microbubble properties. Inclusion of these cationic species increased the zeta potential of unmodified SE61 from -31.6 ± 5.5 mV to above +30 mV, onto which anionic therapeutics such as DNA and rose Bengal were loaded. SE61 microbubble ultrasound mediated destruction and fragmentation was found to be best with 1 MHz, which is optimal for potential siRNA delivery. Thes ultrasound parameters were utilized for SE61-DMTAP mediated siRNA transfection in HeLa cells, which was found to be as effective and less toxic than the gold standard Lipofectamine 2000 when using a reverse transfection protocol. Transfection using SE61-DMTAP loaded with RhoA siRNA and burst with ultrasound resulted in a successful 63.5% knockdown in RhoA protein in HeLa cells.

    Developing new therapeutic approaches to overcome the inability of the spinal cord to repair after injury remains an important goal. These findings indicate that the developed SE61-DMTAP microbubbles have significant potential to safely improve RhoA siRNA delivery to SCI using targeted ultrasound bursting. Overall, this work has shown the potential of utilizing ultrasound-induced destruction of contrast agents for the delivery of therapeutics to SCI.

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Adding an Events Listing component is the same process as adding any other component in the Presentation > Details.

  1. Follow the directions for adding a component. The Events Listing component is located in the Select a Rendering dialog box in Sublayouts > V2 > Active Data Calendar > Events Listing.

  2. In the Control Properties dialog box, enter parameters to define which Department or Category the sidebar should find events for, to specify where the event's detail page is, and to customize the sidebar's appearance or functionality. See below for a listing of applicable parameters. See Configuring the Calendar for more information on adding parameters.

  3. Click OK until all dialog boxes are closed.

  4. Save and approve the page for publication.

Events Listing Parameters

Parameter Name Value(s) Description
Department A number or list of numbers corresponding to a department. Example:1,2,3 Filters events to only display events in a specific department. IDs may be comma separated and are listed on the Department ID Listing page.

cat A number or list of numbers corresponding to a category. Example:1,2,3
Filters events to only display events tagged with a specific category. IDs may be comma separated and are listed on the Category ID Listing page.
subcat A number or list of numbers corresponding to a subcategory. Example:1,2,3
Filters events to only display events tagged with a specific subcategory. IDs may be comma separated and are listed on the Subcategory ID Listing page.
DetailsPage A path to a sitecore page where the calendar details should appear 
Example: /sitecore/content/Home/studentaffairs/programs_events/events/details
The details page must have the Event Details component placed on it. This is a required parameter. 
MaxResults A single number. Example: 3 Specifies the number of events that appear in the sidebar. The default is three.
Title A string of text. Example: More Events Changes the wording of the sidebar's default "Upcoming Events" title.
StartDate 2012-05-28 A date to start looking for events.
EndDate 2016-01-01 The date to stop looking for events.
Paging true / false Creates pagination at the bottom of the events page. 
MaxPerPage A number. Example: 10 Specifies the number of events on each page. Works in tandem with the Paging parameter. 
q Example: "Entrepreneur Entrepreneurship" (quotes required) A word, or number of words to search the calendar for. The example to the right would look for for both "entrepreneur and entrepreneurship" in the titles or bodies of the events.

Audience Example: "Alumni Freshman" (quotes required)
Works like q above. The example to the right would look for for both "alumni and freshman" audiences.
AddEvents The format is "ED1|IID1, EID2|IID2"
example:  4868|15557 or 4868|15557,4858|15559
A specific event or events that should appear on a calendar. The "EID" is the "event ID" and IID is the "Information ID. Both be found in the URL of the event. For example:
The EID of this event is 5420 and the IID is 16825
IncludeImage true / false Sets the page to display images (true) or to hide them (false). Default is true. 
UseAnd Example: true This parameter allows for more specific filtering. For example, if you only wanted events tagged with a specific department AND category to show on your calendar, you would use this parameter in addition to the standard Department and cat parameters. By default, the list of events will display any events tagged as a department OR category.