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June

  • View of a highway from the driver's seat

    First Study Asks Autistic Adults about Driving Experiences

    June 26, 2014

    In the first pilot study asking adults on the autism spectrum about their experiences with driving, researchers at Drexel University found significant differences in self-reported driving behaviors and perceptions of driving ability in comparison to non-autistic adults. As the population of adults with autism continues growing rapidly, the survey provides a first step toward identifying whether this population has unmet needs for educational supports to empower safe driving – a key element of independent functioning in many people’s lives.

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  • The Future of Urban Farms

    June 25, 2014

    Urban farms have been popping up in cities all over the world with benefits ranging from local food production and neighborhood beautification to job creation and crime reduction. But what happens when the funding used to start these farms runs out?

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  • Meet Biologist Katy Gonder

    June 25, 2014

    Katy Gonder, PhD, comes to Drexel with nearly 20 years of research experience from Central Africa. The primate enthusiast specializes in African biodiversity and conservation strategies, and joins bio prof Gail Hearn as co-director of the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program.

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  • New Courses for Fall

    June 24, 2014

    What do time, Abraham Lincoln and LGBT history have in common? They’re all topics you can learn about in these new fall courses!

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  • Ignoring the Evidence at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

    June 23, 2014

    The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict ended, for me, not with a bang but with a tiny symbol of my irrelevance. As I stood, furiously tweeting, after the summit’s closing plenary, I was literally pushed aside by a bodyguard to Angelina Jolie. (Special Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Jolie was a co-host of the summit, with UK Foreign Secretary William Hague.)

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  • Drexel Sociologist’s New Book Explores the Double-Edged Sword of “The Age of Aluminum”

    June 20, 2014

    From Coca-Cola cans to Apollo 11 to the Empire State Building, aluminum can be found almost anywhere you look. But are there unseen costs associated with this ubiquitous metal? In a new book, Drexel University’s Mimi Sheller, PhD, explores how aluminum enabled a high-speed, gravity-defying American modernity even as other parts of the world paid the price in environmental damage and political turmoil.

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  • Student Job Opportunities

    June 20, 2014

    Looking for some extra summer cash? Apply for a work-study position with the physics department, psychology department, or Judaic Studies Program.

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  • A new study from Drexel University found that the majority of young people are not aware of the legal ramifications of underage sexting

    Majority of Minors Engage in Sexting, Unaware of Harsh Legal Consequences

    June 18, 2014

    Sexting among youth is more prevalent than previously thought, according to a new study from Drexel University that was based on a survey of undergraduate students at a large northeastern university. More than 50 percent of those surveyed reported that they had exchanged sexually explicit text messages, with or without photographic images, as minors. The study also found that the majority of young people are not aware of the legal ramifications of underage sexting.

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  • Red mud

    How Aluminum Changed the World, for Good and Bad: A Q&A With Drexel Prof Mimi Sheller

    June 16, 2014

    Aluminum has helped change the world in ways previously unimaginable. But the quest for more aluminum has also had damaging ripple effects on the environment and indigenous populations around the world.

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  • 2014 Honors Societies Inductions

    June 12, 2014

    The Department of History and Politics congratulates our 2014 honors societies inductees! Twenty-four students qualified to join the national honors societies for history and political science, demonstrating high academic achievement and commitment to their disciplines. Inductees were honored at receptions in late May.

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  • Dr. Ingrid Daemmrich Retirement

    June 12, 2014

    Dr. Ingrid Daemmrich is retiring from the English and Philosophy Department after 30 years of service.

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  • Senior Project Presentations

    June 11, 2014

    Senior Project Presentations were held on June 10th, 2014. Projects ranged from "The History of the Drexel University Rifle Team" to "Bella's Inner Vampire" and "Myths of the English Major."

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  • Kelly Douglass Wins Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Award

    June 11, 2014

    Kelly Douglass, doctoral candidate, was the recipient of one of the five Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Award at the 224th meeting of the American Astronomical Society. The Astronomy Achievement Student Awards recognize exemplary research by undergraduate and graduate students who present at one of the poster sessions at the meetings of the AAS. Awardees are honored with a Chambliss medal. Kelly presented "Gas-phase Metallicity of Void Dwarf Galaxies." Her thesis advisor Prof. Michael Vogeley co-authored this work.

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  • Al Herr TA and Teaching Excellence Awardee - Michael Minner

    June 11, 2014

    Teaching Assistant, Michael Minner was the recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award (presented by the Office of Graduate Studies) and the Albert Herr TA Award (presented by the Department of Mathematics). He also received a certificate of recognition for his contributions to SIAM (presented by the SIAM Student Chapter).

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  • New Student Group, Certificate Program Both Tackle Issue of Human Trafficking

    June 10, 2014

    In Guatemala the summer after her freshman year at Drexel, Kaelee Shepherd sat in the passenger seat of a car as it stopped at a red light. A young girl, maybe 7 or 8, walked up to her window.

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  • Is the World Cup a Blessing or a Curse? A Q&A With Eric Zillmer

    June 10, 2014

    As the 2014 World Cup approaches, all eyes are on Brazil. The country has been plagued by claims that it is unprepared to host the massive sporting event and protests over the billions of dollars spent on construction costs.

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  • Meghann Galloway awarded the 2014 Student Travel Award

    June 09, 2014

    Meghann Galloway was awarded the 2014 Student Travel Award in the amount of $300 on behalf of the American Psychological Association to facilitate her attendance at the annual convention in Washington, DC.

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  • Q&A With Kathryn Steen: 2014 Awardee of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching

    June 06, 2014

    The Department of History and Politics congratulates Kathryn Steen, PhD, associate professor of history, on receiving the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. This is not the first teaching award Steen has earned; in 2006, she also received the University's award for junior faculty, the Allan Rothwarf Award for Teaching Excellence.

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  • How Can You Make Science News Better? Ask a Historian or Sociologist of Science

    June 05, 2014

    The nuanced reality of scientific and medical research is almost always a little more complicated than the attention-grabbing headlines claim. Even experienced health and science journalists struggle with how to balance reporting the news of the day with the broader context of what scientists really know so far.

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  • You Catch (and Kill) More Flies with This Sweetener…

    June 05, 2014

    In a study that began as a sixth-grade science fair project, researchers at Drexel University have found that a popular non-nutritive sweetener, erythritol, may be an effective and human-safe insecticide.

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  • The Silence of the Xenon

    June 05, 2014

    Half a mile beneath the desert of Carlsbad, New Mexico, a once-dense tube of super-chilled liquid xenon has been drained, its contents warmed and waiting in temporary storage bottles.

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  • Xiaobo Bai and Siddhita Mhatre Awarded For Research Excellence

    June 05, 2014

    Xiaobo Bai (Spiliotis Lab) and Siddhita Mhatre (Marenda Lab), were awarded Research Excellence Awards through the Office of Graduate Studies at Drexel Graduate Student Day on May 30, 2014.

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  • In the Drexel team's experiments, flies died after an average of 5.8 days when consuming a diet of the sweetener erythritol.

    Drexel Scientists Find Common Sweetener is a Safe Insecticide

    June 04, 2014

    In a study that began as a sixth-grade science fair project, researchers at Drexel University have found that a popular non-nutritive sweetener, erythritol, may be an effective and human-safe insecticide. Erythritol, the main component of the sweetener Truvia®, was toxic to Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies in a dose-dependent manner in the Drexel team’s study, published in PLOS ONE. The flies consumed erythritol when sugar was available and even seemed to prefer it. No other sweeteners tested had these toxic effects.

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  • Can (Martin) Zhang Named Drexel Magazine's 2014 "40 Under 40"

    June 04, 2014

    Can (Martin) Zhang, PhD '07, was recently named to Drexel Magazine's 2014 "40 Under 40".

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  • BGSA Won Most Active Organization Award

    June 04, 2014

    BGSA Won Most Active Organization Award for 2013-2014 at Graduate Student Day.

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  • Faculty promoted to full professor

    Eight Drexel Faculty Earn Promotions to Full Professor

    June 02, 2014

    Eight Drexel faculty members will be promoted to full professor effective Sept. 1. And with expertise ranging from architecture to photography, research covering everything from overeating to solar energy and international connections stretching to India, Japan, Ireland and beyond, they’re a diverse group. 

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  • Kelly Douglass Wins TA Excellence Award Two Years in a Row

    June 02, 2014

    Kelly Douglass, doctoral candidate, won a Teaching Assistant Excellence Award. The award was presented by the Office of Graduate Students on May 30, 2014.

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