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2018

  • October

  • September

  • August

  • July

    • 8 Philly Day Trip Ideas

      8 Philly Day Trip Ideas

      July 25, 2018

      Are the lazy days of summer behind you? No way! There’s still time to squeeze in some summer fun. Pack up the car (or hop on a train), grab some road treats and head off on one of these great day trips from the Philly area.

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    • Rebecca Olsho, Global Studies Major

      Global Studies Alum Travels World, Finds Career in Event Marketing

      July 24, 2018

      Growing up, Rebecca Olsho ’16 recalls the global languages and cultures shared around her family’s dinner table. Her parents frequently opened their home to foreign exchange students, exposing Olsho to the diverse perspectives and opportunities of the world.

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    • Fall Courses

      Fall Courses

      July 23, 2018

      Learn about the social dynamics of urban spaces, the language of the body in popular culture, and the philosophies of social and political life in these exciting fall courses.

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    • Fossil Fuels

      Report: Fossil Fuel Industries - The Goliath of Climate-Related Lobbying Efforts, Spent Billions

      July 19, 2018

      A new study by Drexel environmental sociologist Robert J. Brulle, PhDshows that between 2000 and 2016, lobbyists spent more than two billion dollars on influencing relevant legislation in the US Congress. As the first peer-reviewed, comprehensive analysis ever conducted of climate lobbying data, Brulle’s research confirms the spending of environmental groups and the renewable energy sector was eclipsed by the spending of the electrical utilities, fossil fuel, and transportation sectors.

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    • Illustrating a Devonian Predator

      Illustrating a Devonian Predator

      July 16, 2018

      Jason Poole was charged with depicting Hyneria lindae, the largest creature living in an ancient stream ecosystem in Devonian-age Pennsylvania, about 365 million years ago. This lobe-finned fish, belonging to a group of back-boned animals called sarcopterygians, was at least twice the size of the largest of the other animals with which it shared the waters.

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    • An X-ray view of the heads of a worker and a soldier ant and the brains inside their head. The worker is much smaller with the brain filling more of its head.

      You Have One Job: Compared to Multi-Tasking Workers, Soldier Ant Brains Small

      July 16, 2018

      A Drexel University study found that ant colonies evolved to spend less energy on developing the brains of soldier ants, who have relatively simple jobs, compared to multi-tasking workers.

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    • An artist's rendering of a blazer shooting neutrinos down to sensors at the IceCube facility in Antarctica

      Drexel Astrophysicist Proves the Origin of Neutrinos

      July 12, 2018

      With nine-and-a-half years of data and a South Pole observatory, a Drexel professor and her colleagues has shown the origin of at least some of the high-energy particles known as "neutrinos."

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    • WELL Clinic

      Drexel Opens New Treatment Clinic for Eating Disorders and Weight Management

      July 12, 2018

      The WELL Clinic will provide evidence-based treatment for weight management, eating disorders and related conditions, all under one roof.

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    • Drexel Dragon Logo Blue

      College of Arts and Sciences Student Fellowships

      July 11, 2018

      Students in Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences are scientific innovators, global explorers and leaders in education, communication and advocacy. Reflecting their accomplishments is the impressive number of national and international fellowships they received this year to support graduate education, professional experiences and research abroad.

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    • Drexel Dragon Logo Blue

      Work Study Position Available Now

      July 03, 2018

      The Departments of History and Politics are seeking a work study department assistant for 10 – 20 hours per week. The position involves physical and electronic filing, information collection and organization, light editing, promotion assistance, set-up and breakdown of lectures and panel discussions, deliveries (not heavy), and other duties as assigned by the Program Manager and Department Administrator.

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  • June

  • May

    • Jose receiving a special plaque at the screening held on Drexel's campus.

      A Spoonful of Animation Helps the Story Medicine Go Down

      May 31, 2018

      Since 2016, the Story Medicine class at Drexel University has helped the ideas and dreams of child patients at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia come alive — and now, through a new partnership, become animated.

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    • Jacob Owens standing and holding Qian Qian

      'Pandas' IMAX Movie Follows the First Artificially Bred Panda into the Wild - And Features Plenty of Drexel Connections

      May 31, 2018

      From the professor who dreamed up the panda release program to the alums who run it, Dragons play a huge role in "Pandas."

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    • Soccer Star Bridges Activism, Leadership and Research

      Soccer Star Bridges Activism, Leadership and Research

      May 29, 2018

      Outside a soccer stadium in Buenos Aires, 18-year-old Dakota Peterson and his youth academy teammates sat late into the evening. As Latin music drifted overhead, Peterson felt life pulling him — not toward a career in professional soccer, as he had once imagined, but toward one that would invoke a similar spirit of collaboration, leadership and global connectedness.

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    • A person looking at a brain image on a monitor while someone else is helped into an MRI in the background.

      New Parts of the Brain Become Active After Students Learn Physics - Study

      May 24, 2018

      A new study out of Drexel University showed that, when confronted with physics problems, new parts of a student's brain are utilized after receiving instruction in the topic.

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    • Felice  Elefant, PhD

      Biology Professor Selected for Drexel’s National Leadership Program for Women in STEM

      May 23, 2018

      Felice Elefant, PhD, associate professor of biology, is one of 18 Fellows selected nationwide for this year’s Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering program at Drexel University. ELATE at Drexel is an elite professional and leadership development program for women in the academic STEM fields.

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    • Nick Barber

      Drexel Student Finds Perfect Fit for Volcano Research Through Gates Cambridge Scholarship

      May 23, 2018

      Nicholas Barber, a geoscience student from the College of Arts and Sciences, has become the second Drexel student to be awarded the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, making his PhD program at the University of Cambridge cost-free.

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    • 2018 NEDA regional conference attendees

      Drexel and WELL Center Host First-Ever National Eating Disorders Assoc Regional Conference

      May 23, 2018

      On Saturday, May 12th, Drexel University and the WELL Center played host to the first-ever National Eating Disorders Association regional conference. NEDA is the nation's largest eating disorder association, and the NEDA regional conference is designed to bring together individuals who are experiencing eating disorders or who want to learn more about eating and body image issues.

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    • Drexel Dragon Logo Blue

      College of Arts and Sciences Tenure, Promotion and Awards

      May 22, 2018

      The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University could not be accomplished without the dedication and support of our faculty members. It is their pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and scholarship that reinforces our position as a modern liberal arts college, and enhances our University’s reputation as a world-class research institution.

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    • The new Frozen Horchata from Saxbys was created for Drexel's Class of 2018 and will be available at the two Saxbys locations on the University City Campus. Photo courtesy Saxbys.

      Saxbys Creates One-of-a-Kind Drink for Drexel Seniors

      May 21, 2018

      In honor of the Drexel University Class of 2018’s upcoming graduation, Saxbys designed a special iced beverage for the graduating seniors.

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    • Kathy Chen '18 - Communication Major

      Communication Major Tests Her Limits Abroad

      May 21, 2018

      As the plane hovered 13,000 feet above the Earth, Kathy Chen didn’t feel fear until the adventure-seeker beside her hurtled out. Moments later, she and her skydiving instructor were free falling as well, the countryside of Japan and a distant view of Mt. Fuji unfurling beneath them.

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    • A screenshot of a video game created in Drexel’s Entrepreneurial Game Studio

      5 Things to Know About the Drexel Writing Festival

      May 18, 2018

      Think the Drexel Writing Festival is only for English majors? Not true. Here’s why you should come to the festivities on May 21 – 23, 2018.

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    • Roger Thomas and Danielle Kreeger, PhD transplanting mussels

      Partnering for Mussel Restoration

      May 17, 2018

      Freshwater mussels and shad were once plentiful in the Delaware Estuary and its tributaries, providing a range of natural benefits to people and waterways. Today they face an uncertain future in local streams and rivers, creating a serious disadvantage when it comes to ecological health.

      Now, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences of Drexel University, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Philadelphia Water Department and Department of Parks and Recreation, Bartram’s Garden, and the Independence Seaport Museum have come together to develop the Aquatic Research and Restoration Center to coordinate large-scale restoration efforts that do not currently exist in the Philadelphia region.

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    • A fruit fly standing on a plant's leaf.

      Restoring Epigenetic Balance Reinstates Memory in Flies With Alzheimer's Disease Symptoms

      May 14, 2018

      A study from Drexel University showed that restoring a balance between two epigenetic regulator enzymes restored learning and memory function in flies that displayed symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

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    • National Eating Disorder Association’s (NEDA) #NEDAcon Logo

      Drexel WELL Clinic to Sponsor National Eating Disorder Association’s (NEDA) #NEDAcon

      May 10, 2018

      The WELL Clinic at Drexel University is proud to co-sponsor the National Eating Disorder Association’s (NEDA) #NEDAcon on Saturday, May 12th. #NEDAcon will be the organization’s first ever Regional Conference. Its purpose is to connect individuals who are experiencing eating disorders, or those who are interested in learning more about eating disorders and body image issues

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    • third-hand smoke

      'Non-Smoking' Doesn't Mean Smoke-Free — Drexel Study Finds Third-Hand Smoke Spreads Inside

      May 09, 2018

      Despite decades of indoor smoking bans and restrictions, new research from Drexel University suggests the toxins we’ve been trying to keep out are still finding their way into the air inside. Findings by a group of environmental engineers show that third-hand smoke, the chemical residue from cigarette smoke that attaches to anything and anyone in the vicinity of a smoke cloud, can make its way into the air and circulate through buildings where no one is smoking.

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    • 2017 commencement.

      Drexel University's 2018 Commencement Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients

      May 09, 2018

      More than a dozen respected speakers will address Drexel Dragons at various college- and school-level ceremonies, as well as at a University-wide event.

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    • Adrienne Juarascio Receives Junior Faculty Award

      Adrienne Juarascio Recieves the 2018 Hilda and Preston Davis Foundation Junior Faculty Award

      May 08, 2018

      Adrienne Juarascio, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, has received the 2018 Hilda and Preston Davis Foundation Junior Faculty Award. The $200,000 award will support the 2-year project "Using Continuous Glucose Monitoring to Detect Eating Disorder Symptoms in Bulimia Nervosa."

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    • Schultheis

      Maria T. Schultheis Named Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences

      May 08, 2018

      As Donna M. Murasko, PhD, prepares to end her 16-year tenure as dean to return to the faculty, the College of Arts and Sciences will move ahead under new leadership with the appointment of Maria T. Schultheis as interim dean, effective July 1.

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    • Drexel Student Jackie Garcia

      Forensic Entomology

      May 08, 2018

      Drexel University environmental science graduate Jackie Garcia had the opportunity to pursue an independent study during her senior year. She chose Academy scientist and Drexel professor Jon Gelhaus as her mentor. Together, the two set out to explore the complex field of forensic entomology. We talked with Garcia about learning a new field during an independent study, sharing her work with the public at Bug Fest and inspiring one high school student to pursue her own work in the field.

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    • A drawing of the Hyneria Lindae

      25 Years of Fossil Collecting Yields Clearest Picture Yet of Extinct 12-Foot Aquatic Predator

      May 07, 2018

      More than two decades of exploration at a Pennsylvania fossil site have given Academy of Natural Sciences paleontologists their best idea of how a giant, prehistoric predator would have looked and behaved.

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    • Drexel Dragon Logo Blue

      STS Faculty Win Awards

      May 03, 2018

      Three faculty—Vincent Duclos, Christian Hunold, and Ali Kenner—won Drexel Summer Faculty Research Awards. One faculty—Gwen Ottinger—won a Drexel Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity Award. These awards demonstrate STS faculty’s commitment to research, training students, and explaining research findings to diverse publics.

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    • Janine Bower

      Janine Bower Wins 2018 Excellence in Science, Technology and Society Prize

      May 03, 2018

      Janine Bower, MS in science, technology and society '18, is the recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Science, Technology and Society Prize. This is the third year that the Center for STS has offered this annual prize. Nominated and voted on by STS-affiliated faculty, the prize is presented to a STS graduate student who has demonstrated exemplary performance in research, academics and service to the STS program.

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    • One child had the opportunity to touch and feel a real-life dinosaur fossil at the Academy of Natural Sciences during Drexel's Inspire a Child to Dream event.

      Little Dragons Inspired to Dream — and Create, and Play — at Annual Event

      May 03, 2018

      At 2018’s annual Inspire a Child to Dream Day, the children of Drexel faculty and staff came to campus for a special day of activities.

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    • Ashley Ramey with her son

      Communication Alum Directs Original Documentary on Mothers Struggling with Opioid Addiction

      May 03, 2018

      “One time I was in rehab, and they were talking about how there is an original body of pain. And you create more pain on top of that trying to handle the original thing that hurt you.”

      So recalls Ashley Ramey in the trailer for “Original Body of Pain,” a documentary about motherhood and opioid addiction co-directed by Stan Wright, BA Communication ’15, and Dominic Silva, both MFA students at Wake Forest University.

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    • Paul Offit, MD

      Announcing the 2018 CoAS Commencement Speaker

      May 01, 2018

      Paul A. Offit, MD, director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, will deliver the College of Arts and Sciences Commencement address on June 15, 2018 at the Mann Center.

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  • April

  • March

  • February

    • Asclepias syriaca with flowers

      Plants Evolve Away from Obsolete Defenses When Attacked by Immune Herbivores, Study Shows

      February 26, 2018

      A new study shows that plants can evolve out of their obsolete defense mechanisms when facing an immune enemy, an illustration of the “defense de-escalation” evolution theory.

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    • Hannah Knarr

      Mathematics Major Finds Passion for Business at Exelon

      February 05, 2018

      A few weeks into her co-op at Exelon Corporation, Hannah Knarr made her way to the office of a vice president. Armed with a whiteboard and a few dry erase markers, the senior Drexel mathematics major was tasked with explaining, in plain language, complex mathematical concepts relevant to the business.

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    • Joseph Roche, an entertainment and arts management student who helped set up and take down the stage in Justin Timberlake's halftime show. 

      Dragons Fly With Eagles at The 2018 Super Bowl

      February 05, 2018

      It takes a team to throw a great Super Bowl party, and this year’s production involved many Drexel faculty, staff and students, whether for work or play.

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    • Drexel Dragon Logo Blue

      Meet Chemistry Prof Jeremiah Scepaniak

      February 01, 2018

      A self-proclaimed "scientific vagabond," Jeremiah Scepaniak, PhD, assistant professor of chemistry, joined Drexel after completing postdoctoral research in Germany, and hopes to build scientific literacy in his students.

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    • Spring Courses

      Spring Courses

      February 01, 2018

      Gain the skills to ace your first co-op, find out what it takes to become the next big blogger, and learn how Hollywood has affected the environmental movement in these new spring courses.

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  • January

    • weight loss

      To Improve Self-Control, Call Weight Loss What It Is: Difficult

      January 29, 2018

      Painting a realistic picture of the challenges of weight loss can lead to greater long-term outcomes, a new study from a Drexel psychologist shows.

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    • Philadelphia skyline on a hot summer evening

      Boiling Down Warming Temperatures

      January 22, 2018

      Weather changes, such as the unseasonably high temperatures in Philadelphia this fall, can have serious impacts on health, says Drexel’s Ali Kenner, PhD, assistant professor of political science and of science, technology and society — especially for senior citizens, who are at higher risk for climate-related health complications.

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    • OneBookOnePhiladelphia

      One Book, One Philadelphia and One Drexel

      January 22, 2018

      Drexel University is hosting several events on campus related to the Free Library of Philadelphia’s One Book, One Philadelphia citywide reading club.

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    • a hand holding some green herbs

      Tackling Philly Food Deserts with 3D-Printed Hydroponic Systems

      January 20, 2018

      In a city known for its exploding restaurant scene, many low-income Philadelphians struggle daily with limited access to fresh, affordable food. Elise Krespan, a dual master’s student of biology and design research at Drexel, is working with colleagues in the URBN STEAMlab to alleviate widespread issues of food inaccessibility using 3D-printed hydroponic systems that grow produce without soil.

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    • Hurricane from above

      Calm Amid the Storm

      January 19, 2018

      As hurricane Irma barreled toward south Florida in early September, Kathleen Reardon gathered her staff to give them something akin to a pep talk. The situation in the Caribbean looked truly frightening that morning, with Irma devastating island chain after island chain with a ferocity that left meteorologists astounded. There was talk, too, that the just-developing Hurricane Jose might turn northward and put Bermuda — the headquarters for Reardon and her team at global reinsurance firm Hamilton Re — in harm’s way as well.

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    • Ted Daeschler's Drexel hat hanging on a tent post in Antartica

      To the Ends of the Earth

      January 19, 2018

      For most people, the thought of camping conjures images of leisurely hikes and starry nights cozied up to a campfire. For geoscience prof Ted Daeschler, PhD, it resembles something more like a two-day flight, followed by a noisy jaunt via military cargo plane, culminating in a 100-mile helicopter ride into the remote terrain and sub-freezing temperatures of Antarctica’s McMurdo Dry Valleys.

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    • Students from Drexel's Story Medicine class at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

      Lights, Camera, Medicine

      January 18, 2018

      Fifteen Drexel students stood bright-eyed and eager to entertain in front of cameras rolling at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Part of a Drexel community-based learning course dubbed Story Medicine, the students were there to engage sick and disabled children through live broadcast programming, using skits to infuse laughter with a little education.

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    • Drexel Associate Professor Gwen Ottinger, PhD

      A Breath of Fresh Air

      January 17, 2018

      If you live in a town or city like Philadelphia where industrial facilities are emitting chemicals into the air, there is plenty of reason to wonder: How is this affecting me? Few communities have access to ambient air-monitoring data, and those that do rarely use it because it is complicated and lacks context.

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    • New Startup

      New Startup Proves You Can Catch Flies with Sugar

      January 17, 2018

      A sixth-grade science fair project in 2014 led to the discovery that erythritol, the main component of Truvia, is a natural insecticide. Today, that discovery is the basis of a new Drexel-backed startup, BioLogic Insecticide. Simon D. Kaschock-Marenda, now a freshman at Drexel in the College of Engineering, was 11 when he noticed that Drosophila melanogaster, commonly known as fruit flies, died much quicker when they fed on Truvia than on other sweeteners. His father, Daniel Marenda, PhD, professor of biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, was unconvinced at first.

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    • Drexel University student and navy veteran Chris Diaz

      Battle Tested

      January 17, 2018

      Like many of his fellow Americans, Chris Diaz was profoundly affected by the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Quite simply, he says, it was the day that forever changed the trajectory of his life. “On that Tuesday morning, I felt moved to join the military,” recalls the New York native. “And yet, at the same time, I had a newborn son and felt that I couldn’t leave, at least not right at that time.” And so he waited. He spent the next few years helping to raise his young child, and then, just after turning 25, he fulfilled what he considered his obligation to his country and enlisted in the United States Navy.

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    • heilburn

      Psychology Professor Kirk Heilbrun Named Drexel Ombuds

      January 16, 2018

      Kirk Heilbrun, PhD, a psychology professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was recently named Drexel’s new ombuds.

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    • Tale of the Mysterious Manuscripts, Illustration by Drexel Student Natalie Vaughn ’18

      Field Notes

      January 16, 2018

      The Unsung, Unpublished Adventures of Drexel Researchers in the Field

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    • The Drexel French Club

      U.S. French Embassy Says ‘Bonjour’ to Drexel’s French Club

      January 16, 2018

      The Drexel French Club, started only a few years ago, will receive funding and guidance from a U.S. French Ambassador to expand its reach at the University.

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    • Drexel Sociology Alumni Christopher Bonnaig

      Student Spotlight: Christopher Bonnaig, BA Sociology ‘15

      January 16, 2018

      Christopher Bonnaig graduated from Drexel University in 2015, with a major in Sociology and a minor in Communication, Magna Cum Laude. He is currently in law school at the Georgetown University Law Center. During his time at Drexel, Christopher participated in a co-op at the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General in the Bureau of Consumer Protection.  He describes his co-op experience as the “perfect marriage of my academic interest in Sociology and professional interest in a legal career”, and lauds his supervisors as “incredibly helpful mentors”, who he still keeps in touch with today.

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    • Market Street - Photograph by Brent Luvaas, PhD

      Frame of Mind

      January 15, 2018

      Street photographer and Drexel anthropologist Brent Luvaas, PhD, has a way of blending in as he walks city streets. If he’s lucky, a certain slant of light will catch his eye and he will set the exposure for maximum depth of field, waiting patiently for the right subject to walk in front of the lens. Most often, however, the typical elements of a photographer’s labor — setup, composition and lighting — happen almost instantaneously

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    • butterfly

      4 Ways Climate Change Can Affect the Brain

      January 11, 2018

      The typical images that “climate change” conjures include disappearing coastlines and melting polar ice. But what about animals’ brains — including our own? Can they be affected by the changing climate? Sean O’Donnell, PhD, professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, argues that they absolutely can.

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    • Drexel Biology Student Cutler Whitely

      Carving A New Path

      January 11, 2018

      Cutler Whitely felt the tender spot where his head hit the ice and tried to remember his teammate’s name. His snowboard had slipped out during a routine trick on the rail, sending him hurtling head-first onto the icy Colorado mountain. His brain lurched with the effects of his third concussion — temporary memory loss that day, and migraines and light sensitivity in the days that followed. Recovering in the hospital, Whitely called his mother and told her he was going to leave professional snowboarding.

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    • Murasko

      Donna M. Murasko to Conclude Role as Dean of College of Arts and Sciences

      January 09, 2018

      One of Drexel’s longest serving deans will transition from her role at the end of the academic year.

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    • Book and notebook open on a table in a library

      Spring Courses

      January 09, 2018

      How can writing be a mode of healing for veterans? What can fantasy tell us about what it means to be human? Explore these questions and more with these new courses for the spring quarter.

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    • Ni Ou

      Meet Global Studies Prof Ni Ou

      January 09, 2018

      Assistant teaching professor in the Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages Ni Ou, MSEd, loves international food and guiding her students on cultural discoveries.

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    • U.S. Census form

      Drexel Helps to Establish the Region's First Federal Statistical Research Data Center to Gain Access to Census Data

      January 09, 2018

      Researchers from around the city, who are studying public policy and the economy, will have access to some of the nation’s highest quality Census data this coming cycle, thanks to a new federal research center. 

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    • Ethics of Algorithms

      NSF-Backed Study Investigates the Ethics of Algorithms

      January 08, 2018

      Computer algorithms — the sequences of instructions or rules computers follow to solve problems — influence many aspects of our lives, from the products we buy to the people we date and even the jobs we are offered. But who makes algorithms and code, and how do their values translate into the work they do? That's what Kelly Joyce, PhD, wanted to find out in 2013, when she and a fellow researcher were awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for their study, The Ethics of Algorithms.

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    • Apoica pallens clustering around their hive.

      Little Wasp Bodies Means Little Wasp Brain Regions, Study Shows

      January 02, 2018

      A Drexel study looking at 19 species of paper wasps found that body size may lead to variation in the complex parts of their brains.

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