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2019

  • October

    • Dakota Storm Peterson - Political Science Graduate of Drexel University

      Dakota Storm Peterson to Study Grassroots Vehicles for Change With Fulbright Award

      October 10, 2019

      A 2018 graduate of Drexel University’s political science program is the recipient of a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Dakota Storm Peterson recently embarked on his grant to Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he will conduct research at the University of Sarajevo and within Mreža za izgradnju mira (“the Peacebuilding Network”), a nongovernmental organization.

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    • Faculty Highlights

      Faculty Highlights: Recent Grants and Awards

      October 10, 2019

      Read all about the sponsored research, major gifts and recognition that were recently received by faculty at Drexel — like the Dornsife School of Public Health’s Alex Ortega, PhD, who was awarded a $3.2 million grant by the National Institutes of Health to study psychiatric and substance use disorders among island Puerto Ricans impacted by Hurricane Maria.

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    • Book Cover - Problem-Solving Courts and the Criminal Justice System

      New Book Examines Ethics and Logistics of Problem-Solving Courts

      October 02, 2019

      A new book based in research by Drexel University’s Department of Psychology is the first to provide a comprehensive look at problem-solving courts — judicial courts that seek to address the behavioral health needs that underpin criminal behavior.

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  • September

    • Drexel University President John Fry at Convocation 2019.

      100th Anniversary of Co-op Kicks Off at Convocation

      September 30, 2019

      Convocation, one of Drexel’s most time-honored traditions, also served this year as the kick off for a years-long celebration of the Drexel Co-op program.

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    • Dean Norma Bouchard, PhD - Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences

      A Note From the Dean on the New Academic Year

      September 25, 2019

      This week not only marks the official start of fall, but also the beginning of a brand-new academic year. I'd like to welcome our new and returning Dragons to campus and wish our students the best of luck as they embark on co-op opportunities and adventures abroad.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      September 25, 2019

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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    • Team to Investigate Obesity Treatments with $3.65M NIH Grant

      September 24, 2019

      Researchers in Drexel University’s Center for Weight, Eating and Lifestyle Science (WELL Center) will use a new $3.65 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions for obesity. Principal Investigator and Psychology Professor Evan Forman, PhD, tells us more about the grant, which is co-investigated by Meghan Butryn, PhD, associate professor of psychology, Adrienne Juarascio, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, Stephanie Manasse, PhD, assistant research professor in the WELL Center, and Donna Coffman, PhD, an assistant professor in Temple University’s College of Public Health.

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      Welcoming New Faculty to the College of Arts and Sciences

      September 24, 2019

      We are thrilled to welcome the following new faculty members to the College of Arts and Sciences community.

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    • Deanna Mauro Biology Student at Drexel University

      Bio Grad Takes on Mental Health Stigma and Medicine

      September 23, 2019

      On co-op at Johnson & Johnson, Deanna Mauro ’19 stood confidently before a room of senior scientists. Mauro, a biological sciences major at Drexel University, had spent the past six months running her own project, designed to increase the effectiveness of a specific immunotherapy.

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    • Fabrice Kentatchime, manager of the Ganga Station, teaches students how to identify food remains from chimpanzee feces.

      Course Spotlight: Chimpanzee Biodiversity and Conservation in Cameroon

      September 20, 2019

      Most biology courses don’t take place foreign national park, or require an independent, chimpanzee research project — but Chimpanzee Biodiversity and Conservation is not your average biology course.

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    • Norma Bouchard, PhD, is currently the dean of the College of Arts and Letters at San Diego State University, where she is also a professor of European studies. 

      Welcoming Dean Norma Bouchard, PhD, to the College of Arts & Sciences

      September 20, 2019

      The College of Arts and Sciences is delighted to announce that Norma Bouchard, PhD, has assumed her role as dean of the College, effective September 3, 2019. Dean Bouchard joins Drexel University from San Diego State University, where she was dean of the College of Arts and Letters and a professor of European studies for four years.

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    • Michelle Dolinski, PhD

      Announcing the New Associate Dean of Graduate Education

      September 20, 2019

      The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce that Michelle Dolinski, PhD, associate professor of physics, has been appointed associate dean of graduate education. Dolinski received her PhD in physics from the University of California, Berkeley and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University. She joined Drexel’s Department of Physics in 2012.

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    • Inkblot

      ‘What Might This Be?’ The Art and Science of Rorschach Inkblots Opens at Drexel

      September 19, 2019

      What might this be?” Is an innocent question, and one that Hermann Rorschach asked of a series of inkblots he developed, in hope of diving further into the inner workings of the human mind in the 1920s. Rorschach combined two of his passions, graphic arts and the science of medicine, as a catalyst for inquiry into the psyche – and in this process, he also created art.


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  • August

    • Radiatus Scales

      A Fish By Another Name

      August 27, 2019

      The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University's ongoing effort to collect Late Devonian vertebrate fossils (370 to 360 million years old) in Pennsylvania has resulted in lots of new discoveries from highway road cuts exposing the rocks of the Catskill Formation.

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    • Cows Graze by the Delaware Watershed

      Are We Really Protecting Rivers and Streams From Pollution? It’s Hard to Say, And That’s a Problem. 

      August 20, 2019

      More public and private resources than ever are being directed to protecting and preserving aquatic ecosystems and watersheds. Whether mandated for land development, farming or in response to the growing severity and number of natural disasters – scientists from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University found evidence that decades of watershed restoration and mitigation projects have taken place, but their impact is mostly perceived; data is relatively undocumented — or simply missing.


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    • Joanna Craig - Pre-Law Adviser

      Q&A with Drexel’s Pre-Law Adviser

      August 15, 2019

      Interested in a pre-law path at Drexel? Whether you’re still undecided or ready to start the law school application process, Drexel’s pre-law adviser Joanna Craig, JD, has advice for how to put your best foot forward before applying to law school.

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      New CoAS Major and Minors for 2019

      August 15, 2019

      Cultivate your intellectual passions and diversify your skills and with one of these new CoAS programs!

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    • Anika Arose, trip leader for Weekend Warriors (student-run outdoor club at Drexel)

      Student Organization Spotlight: Weekend Warriors

      August 15, 2019

      Need a break from city living? The Weekend Warriors show how easy it is to get back to nature with fun and affordable trips not far from campus. We caught up with trip leader Anika Arose, a global studies major with minors in Spanish and sociology, to learn about her experiences with the organization.

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    • Adam Knowles - Heidegger's Fascist Affinities: A Politics of Silence

      On Totalitarianism and Complicity: Q&A with Philosophy Prof Adam Knowles, PhD

      August 13, 2019

      A new book by Assistant Teaching Professor of Philosophy Adam Knowles, PhD, reexamines the philosophical and political affinities of Martin Heidegger, one of the most famous intellectuals to embrace fascism in Nazi Germany. Knowles gives us the backstory on “Heidegger’s Fascist Affinities: A Politics of Silence,” published by Stanford University Press, and shares what’s next for his research as he embarks on a fellowship to Germany.

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    • Logo - National Science Foundation

      Interdisciplinary Drexel Team Wins NSF Grant for Innovative Graduate Minor

      August 13, 2019

      An interdisciplinary team led by Chemistry Department Head Fraser Fleming, PhD, will use a $500K grant from the National Science Foundation to develop an innovative, interdisciplinary graduate minor.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      August 13, 2019

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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    • BEES students seining for fish in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey. Photo credit: Richard J. Horwitz.

      New Exhibit Explores the Best of the BEES

      August 12, 2019

      The Drexel Collection’s new show is centered around the educational and professional opportunities made available by the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science.

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    • Scientists walking across a glacier

      Ted Daeschler Addresses Challenges of Communicating Geoscience Research

      August 09, 2019

      On June 10, the Drexel Libraries welcomed Ted Daeschler, PhD, Curator of Vertebrate Zoology at the Academy of Natural Sciences and Professor in Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences, to discuss the importance of communicating geosciences research to inspire citizen engagement during the final ScholarSip event of the 2018/2019 academic year.

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    • Drexel buildings.

      The Names Behind Drexel Buildings

      August 07, 2019

      Ever wondered who Bossone or Stratton or Disque were, and why those are the names of buildings on Drexel’s University City Campus?

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    • Joey Habitat Assessment Delaware River watershed

      Keeping Tabs on the Environment

      August 02, 2019

      Summertime means the height of field work season for many Academy scientists. They can be found up and down the Delaware River watershed measuring fish, collecting algae samples, measuring sea level rise due to climate change, testing water for the presence of harmful chemicals and more.

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  • July

    • Sean O’Donnell Interim Head of Drexel University’s Department of Biology

      New Interim Department Head of Biology

      July 23, 2019

      The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce that Sean O’Donnell, PhD, has been appointed Interim Head of Drexel University’s Department of Biology.

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    • Roy Aguilar - Behind the Scenes

      COM Major Finds Community “In the Heart of Brotherly Love”

      July 23, 2019

      A lifelong North Philly resident, Roy Aguilar knows a thing or two about neighborhood pride. “People who live in prideful places in Philadelphia tend to be biased toward their neighborhood,” says Aguilar, a recent graduate of the communication major at Drexel University. “There is a sense of community. We feel like we are a special people, because we support one another.”

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    • Korman Center at Drexel University

      Drexel Writing and Tutoring Centers Open in Korman

      July 23, 2019

      Drexel students now have access to a one-stop shop for academic support with Drexel’s new Writing and Tutoring Centers! In May, several of Drexel’s academic tutoring centers moved to the Korman Center, co-locating to support student academic success. Read on to learn more about these resources — and how you can take advantage of them!

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      July 23, 2019

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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    • Ryan Petrie, PhD, with collaborator Joe Chan, PhD

      International Biology Collaboration Leads to Nature Publication

      July 23, 2019

      A new paper published in the journal Nature is the result of a successful international collaboration — and it started right on Drexel’s campus in the lab of Assistant Professor of Biology Ryan Petrie, PhD.

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    • Book and notebook open on a table in a library

      Fall Courses

      July 23, 2019

      Explore your interests in these cool fall courses — from war narratives to the history of the universe and the link between philosophy, politics and economics.

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    • Student Jobs graphic

      Student Work-Study Opportunities

      July 23, 2019

      Looking for an on-campus job this fall? Apply for a work-study position with one of the College of Arts and Sciences’ departments or offices!

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    • Faculty Highlights

      Faculty Highlights: Grants and Awards From Spring 2019

      July 11, 2019

      Read all about the sponsored research and major gifts and recognition that were recently received by faculty at Drexel, like the 53 faculty and staff members who were named this year’s Drexel Areas of Research Excellence (DARE) awardees.

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    • Flag.

      Photo Recap: Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Drexel’s New Veterans Lounge

      July 10, 2019

      The space in the Creese Student Center officially opened with a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony last month. Tom Masci '68, an Army vet, made a generous gift to help with the improvements to the area, which boasts a business center, study tables and a small meeting area.

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    • A poster and materials from The Drexel Collection related to international travel at Drexel.

      Exploring Drexel’s Diverse History, One Class Project at a Time

      July 05, 2019

      A new spin on an old class enabled Drexel students to research areas of University history that spoke to them, such as women, LGBTQ+ students, working-class students and international students at Drexel.

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  • June

    • New Species of Shipworm Has an Appetite for Stone

      This New Species of Shipworm Has an Appetite for Stone

      June 28, 2019

      As alluded to by its name, most shipworms bore into and digest wood – making them a natural nemesis to docks, pier infrastructure, wooden vessels and sailors alike. The mollusks digest the wood with the help of symbiotic bacteria that live in their gills. The enzymes and other molecules from the bacteria may help in the development of new antibiotics and bio-fuels.

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    • Barry Goldwater Scholarship Logo Copyright Barry Goldwater Foundation

      Two Physics Majors Receive Goldwater Scholarships

      June 27, 2019

      This year, physics majors James Minock and Johannes Wagner were Drexel’s sole recipients of the Goldwater Scholarship. Minock and Wagner were selected from a highly-competitive pool of 5,000 natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering college sophomores and juniors who were nominated by 443 academic institutions across the United States.

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    • Allison Durham

      What Can You Do With a Minor in Nonprofit Communication?

      June 25, 2019

      Combining industry-driven courses and professional experience, Drexel University’s minor in nonprofit communication provides training in communication strategy geared specifically to the nonprofit sector.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      June 25, 2019

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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    • America’s Garden Capital

      15 Can’t-Miss Outdoor Activities Near Drexel

      June 25, 2019

      It’s officially summer, which means it’s time to bookend those classes and co-ops with some fun in the sun! So, grab your friends, slather on some sunscreen and enjoy all that Philadelphia has to offer with these 15 can’t-miss outdoor activities — all just a short trip from Drexel’s campus!

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    • Drexel’s German Club at Global Day. From left to right: Franziska Bartel, treasurer and German tutor; Amy Smith, vice president; and Amarah Malik, president and German tutor.

      Student Organization Spotlight: Drexel’s German Club

      June 25, 2019

      “Sprechen Sie Deutsch,” or are you simply interested in German culture? Get involved with Drexel’s German Club! We caught up with its president and founder, health administration and finance major Amarah Malik, to learn more about the club.

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      College of Arts and Sciences Tenure and Promotion

      June 25, 2019

      We are pleased to announce faculty promotions and tenure appointments in the College of Arts and Sciences. Please join us in congratulating the following faculty members.

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      College of Arts and Sciences Student Fellowships

      June 25, 2019

      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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    • Students observe sun spots during PHYS 131.

      Intro to Astronomy Class Provides Innovative, Interpersonal Ways to Discover the Cosmos

      June 24, 2019

      PHYS 131 is Drexel’s introductory course to Astronomy open to all majors, and faculty may soon pilot a video game class to further pique student interest in the subject.

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    • Mona Elgohail Receives the Drexel Common Good Award and the Exceptional Graduate Student Award

      Mona Elgohail Receives the Drexel Common Good Award and the Exceptional Graduate Student Award

      June 19, 2019

      Mona Elgohail, a clinical psychology PhD student mentored by Pamela Geller, PhD, was awarded the university-wide Drexel Common Good Award for her academic excellence and commitment to improving the world around her by making contributions to local, national and global communities through scholarship and civic engagement.

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    • Drexel's commencement ended with a fireworks show.

      Commencement 2019 in Tweets

      June 17, 2019

      Here’s what graduates, faculty, staff, friends, family, mentors and honorees had to say on Twitter about Drexel University’s 131st commencement ceremony hosted at Citizens Bank Park on June 14.

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    • 2019 Al Herr TA Awardess - Aleksandr and Joshua

      Albert Herr Teaching Assistant Awardees

      June 04, 2019

      Congratulations to Aleksandr Yaroslavskiy and Joshua Jackson for receiving this year's Albert Herr Teaching Assistant Award! This award is given annually to teaching assistants who have excelled in the classroom.

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    • A photo of the Drexel Astronomy from the University's 1975 yearbook, courtesy of Drexel Archives.

      ‘Hidden Treasures’ Follow-Up: Drexel Alumnus and Professor Remembers the University’s Astronomy Society

      June 03, 2019

      In response to a previous article about the "hidden treasure" that is the University's observatory, an alumnus and current Drexel assistant clinical professor reminisced about what it was like being the vice president of Drexel's Astronomy Society when he was a chemistry major here at Drexel before graduating in the ’70s.

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  • May

    • Heard Around Campus

      Heard Around Campus — May

      May 29, 2019

      This month's installment of the “Heard Around Campus” feature contains information about University awards and recently completed construction projects.

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      CoAS Students Receive University-Wide Awards

      May 23, 2019

      We are pleased to recognize the following College of Arts and Sciences students who have received university-wide awards.

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    • Judy Wicks 2019 CoAS Commencement Speaker

      Five Things to Know About Judy Wicks, the 2019 CoAS Commencement Speaker

      May 23, 2019

      Judy Wicks is an entrepreneur, author, speaker and community leader — and the 2019 Drexel College of Arts and Sciences Commencement Keynote speaker. As the founder of numerous businesses and nonprofits, including the Drexel-favorite White Dog Cafe, she is a leader in the sustainable business movement and an advocate for a more compassionate, eco-friendly and locally based economy.

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    • Janel McCloskey, director of the Writing Center, and peer readers in the Korman Center, where the Writing Center will relocate in the spring

      Drexel Writing Center Creates Community Through Anti-Racist Pedagogy

      May 23, 2019

      The Drexel Writing Center has long been a space where the Drexel community — students, faculty and staff — can turn for one-to-one support through every stage of the writing process. For DWC staff, creating an inclusive community for both writers and tutors is a central focus.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      May 23, 2019

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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    • A controlled burn experiment at the Missoula Fire Sciences Lab in 2016

      Drexel Researcher Studies Effects of Forest Fires on Climate and Air Quality

      May 23, 2019

      Ezra Wood, PhD, associate professor of chemistry, and his research group are part of a multi-year project studying the atmospheric chemistry of smoke from forest fires. Wood shares some background information and updates on the project.

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    • Decorated Drexel Graduation Caps 2018

      Meet the College of Arts and Sciences’ Newest Forever Dragons

      May 22, 2019

      They’ve found their intellectual passions, expanded their worldviews, made friends and memories — and now they’re ready to turn their tassels! Members of the graduating class of 2019 share their advice, Philly faves, memories and more before they head off on their next adventure.

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    • Nicole Kalitsi did her second co-op as the diversity, equity and inclusion coordinator for the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, which made her realize how much she valued working directly with people on worthy causes.

      Finding Focus Through a Drexel Non-Profit Co-op

      May 22, 2019

      Nicole Kalitsi was tasked with pioneering a new role during her co-op with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. Supported by Drexel University’s Lenfest Center for Cultural Partnerships, this experience helped the fourth-year global studies student zero in on her future career goals.

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    • Student Jobs graphic

      Student Job Opportunities

      May 21, 2019

      Sharpen your professional and research skills, earn extra money and gain valuable experience with these work study job opportunities!

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      College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Awards

      May 21, 2019

      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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    • Drexel physics major Keziah Sheldon

      Physics Major Keziah Sheldon Receives Fulbright Award

      May 17, 2019

      Senior physics major Keziah Sheldon was one of three College of Arts and Sciences students and alumni to be awarded a Fulbright Study/Research award this year. The award supports nine months of full-time research sponsored by the Fulbright Program, the United States’ flagship international educational exchange program.

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    • Hallie Espel-Huynh - PhD in clinical psychology at Drexel

      Hallie Espel-Huynh Receives Post-Candidacy Research Excellence Award

      May 13, 2019

      Hallie Espel-Huynh was awarded the Post-Candidacy Research Excellence Award, which is presented to graduate students at Drexel who have completed innovative research that has potential for wide dissemination and a significant impact on the field.

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    • Drexel University President John Fry speaking at the 2018 University-wide commencement ceremony.

      Drexel University Announces 2019 Commencement Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients

      May 08, 2019

      The full lineup of speakers for this year’s commencement ceremonies contains a multitude of men and women from different industries with great accomplishments in their fields.

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    • Woman typing on a lap top computer

      Train Your Brain to Eat Less Sugar

      May 07, 2019

      A recent study led by Evan Forman, PhD, a psychology professor in Drexel University's College of Arts and Sciences, shows that a computer game can be used to train its players to eat less sugar, as way of reducing their weight and improving their health.

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    • “An Evening with Tarana Burke” brought together survivors and allies, as well as campus resources and organizations, in Mitchell Auditorium to get to know Burke as more than just a face of a movement.

      ‘Me too.’ Movement Founder Gets Real During On-Campus Event

      May 03, 2019

      Tarana Burke held little back while explaining her background, her work and her hardships to a captive audience of Drexel University students, faculty and staff.

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    • Brandon Medina, Drexel Communication student

      First-Gen Student Uses COM Skills to Inspire Others’ Educational Journeys

      May 03, 2019

      As a high school freshman, Brandon Medina had life after graduation planned out: he would stay in his hometown of Philadelphia and join his father’s taxi business. When the family business closed, he began a journey that would ultimately change his mindset, leading him to the Communication major at Drexel and illuminating his passion for educating others.

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    • Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

      Paralympic Preview: Exploring Disability Studies Ahead of the 2020 Paralympic Games

      May 01, 2019

      World-leading athletes, incredible feats of human performance and plenty of heart: the 2020 Summer Paralympic Games will be a cause for both celebration and scholarship. Amy Slaton, PhD, professor of history, and Scott Knowles, PhD, department head of history and panel moderator, gave us a primer on the games ahead of the Dean’s Seminar.

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    • bioko frog

      Protecting Bioko’s Biodiversity, Part 2

      May 01, 2019

      In her second post, Professor Stefanie Kroll, Phd recounts her travels from the capital of Equatorial Guinea, Malabo, to the small town of Moka (population around 200) on Bioko Island. This unassuming place has been the home base for the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program for over 20 years and where she and other Drexel faculty and students do research year round. 

       

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  • April

  • March

    • Drexel University student Zaarah Abdul-Aziz on set to compete on "Wheel of Fortune." Photo Credit: Carol Kaelson.

      What’s it Like to Go on ‘Wheel of Fortune?’ One Drexel Student Explains All

      March 29, 2019

      Drexel student Zaarah Abdul-Aziz recently appeared on the show on a March 20 episode during its special “College Week Spring Break” programming.

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    • Person holding a smartphone

      Drexel Study: Smartphone App Predicts Diet Lapse 

      March 27, 2019

      According to a recent study, led by Evan Forman, PhD, a psychology professor in Drexel University's College of Arts and Sciences, a first-of-its-kind smartphone app called OnTrack can predict ahead of time when users are likely to lapse in their weight loss plan and help them stay on track.

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      Drexel Faculty and Students Present at the Annual ESS Meeting

      March 25, 2019

      The Eastern Sociological Society (ESS) Annual Meeting was held in Boston, MA from March 14-17, 2019. ESS was founded in 1930 to support sociological research in the northeast United States, and has about 1,200 members. Drexel faculty and students participated in the conference, making critical contributions to global health, medical education, race and clinical medicine, social theory and urban sociology.

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    • Tamilokus

      New Species Announced at the Academy: 445 Days in Rewind

      March 22, 2019

      The continued discovery and documentation of new species shows life on Earth can still surprise us – and it’s clear that conservation and proper cohabitation of this world is increasingly important. Scientists at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University helped discover and recently published a few new slimy, shelled and fossilized species within the past 445 days, and each instance serves as a reminder of just how important biodiversity is.

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    • Stefanie Kroll

      Protecting Bioko's Biodiversity

      March 21, 2019

      My first few days are spent in the capital, Malabo, at the Study Abroad house with the Drexel University students, Mary Katherine “Katy” Gonder, PhD, director of the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program, David Montgomery, BBPP national manager, and their truly dedicated staff. About two-thirds into the academic quarter, everyone seems just as busy and lively as I imagine they were in week one, which speaks to the value and importance of their conservation and education work on this tropical island.

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    • Portrait photo of Kenneth Frazier

      Merck Chairman and CEO Kenneth Frazier to Speak at Drexel’s 2019 Commencement

      March 11, 2019

      Merck & Co., Inc. Chairman and CEO Kenneth C. Frazier will address the class of 2019 at Drexel’s University-wide commencement ceremony on June 14. In what has become a Drexel tradition, the University will once again hold its University-wide ceremony at Citizens Bank Park. Frazier’s contributions in the business, legal and humanitarian fields are especially notable.

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      Welcoming New Associate Deans in the College

      March 11, 2019

      The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of two new associate deans in graduate education and research.

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    • Norma Bouchard, PhD, is currently the dean of the College of Arts and Letters at San Diego State University, where she is also a professor of European studies. 

      Norma Bouchard Appointed Dean of College of Arts and Sciences

      March 06, 2019

      Norma Bouchard, PhD, who is currently the dean of the College of Arts and Letters at San Diego State University, will become the next dean of Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

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    • Rebecca Clothey, PhD, in Xinjiang with typical Uyghur snacks

      Q&A on Uyghur Relations with Drexel’s New Director of Global Studies

      March 05, 2019

      After 10 years in Drexel University’s School of Education, Rebecca Clothey, PhD, begins her tenure as the new director of the College’s Global Studies program this month. For the past decade, she has conducted research on education issues related to the Uyghur (Uighur) people — a population making international headlines for reported human-rights violations against them in China, including mass detention in “re-education camps,” surveillance, and physical and psychological violence.

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    • A lagoon in Baja California, Mexico

      Research Update: CoAS Professors with Fulbright Awards

      March 05, 2019

      We caught up with professors in the College of Arts and Sciences who recently won awards through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar program. From Mexico to Montpellier, these four profs are taking their research and teaching abroad.

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    • Kolkata, India - Drexel CoAS Majors Share Favorite Travel Destination

      Oh, the Places You’ll Go: 10 CoAS Majors Share Favorite Travel Destinations

      March 05, 2019

      Sure, you could complete your whole degree in Philadelphia, but why not take advantage of Drexel opportunities around the globe? With gorgeous photos, insider tips and stories from international locales, 10 College of Arts and Sciences students share the best place their major has taken them.

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      Student Work-Study Opportunities

      March 05, 2019

      Looking for an on-campus job this fall? Apply for a work-study position with one of the College of Arts and Sciences’ departments or centers!

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      March 05, 2019

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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    • Drexel University’s Liberty Scholars program has awarded more than $76 million in full-tuition scholarships to more than 400 low-income graduates from Philadelphia high schools.

      The Life of a Liberty Scholar

      March 04, 2019

      Since 2010, Drexel University’s Liberty Scholars program has awarded more than $76 million in full-tuition scholarships to more than 400 low-income graduates from Philadelphia high schools. But supporting these students through graduation takes more — and means more — than what money can buy. 

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    • 9 Empowerment Tips for Drexel Students

      9 Empowerment Tips for Drexel Students

      March 04, 2019

      Female deans from Drexel University will soon gather to discuss professional and emotional empowerment at the Dean’s Panel during the Women’s Empowerment Summit hosted by the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship. In advance, DrexelNow asked them each to share their one key empowerment tip for students.

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  • February

    • Layered lava flows from the Bushe and Poladpur Formations near the village of Tail Baila. Image credit, Courtney Sprain.

      Did an Asteroid Cancel Dinosaurs? The Truth is in the Lava

      February 26, 2019

      About sixty-six million years ago a planet-wide catastrophe brought the non-avian dinosaurs to their demise, and the end of the Cretaceous period was marked by a mass extinction of its fauna and flora. New data, published in the journal Science, says it’s possible that intense volcanic eruptions in India coincided with the worldwide extinction – ultimately cementing the fate of the massive reptiles.  


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    • Installation Shot, The Pearlstein Gallery, by Joelle Dietrick

      The Speed of Thinking Exhibition and Panel

      February 18, 2019

      The Center for Mobilities Research & Policy co-organized a panel discussion on February 13th, 2019 in association with the Pearlstein Gallery’s exhibition The Speed of Thinking.

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    • Ocean, beach and sky by Rosie Oakes

      How Fast Are the Oceans Warming?

      February 15, 2019

      The greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere make our planet habitable, taking it from an average global temperature of -18 degrees C (zero degrees F) to a balmy 15 degrees C (60 degrees F). Current human activities, such as fossil fuel burning and deforestation, are increasing the concentration of these greenhouse gases, increasing the amount of the sun’s energy that is getting trapped.

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    • Maps of resting-state electrical brain activity, shown as a top view of the head.

      What Makes Some People Creative Thinkers and Others Analytical?

      February 13, 2019

      A new brain-imaging study from Drexel University's Creativity Research Lab reveals that the different "cognitive styles" of creative and analytical thinkers are due to fundamental differences in their brain activity that can be observed even when people are not working on a problem.

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    • Justus Martin Stillman College

      A Tale of Two Colleges: Drexel and Stillman Act on Memorandum of Understanding

      February 13, 2019

      Drexel University and Stillman College, a historically black university based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, signed a Memorandum of Understanding in May 2018 which created unique opportunities for students from both schools — and expansion plans are already underway.

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    • Open Textbook Library logo

      New Access to Open-Licensed Materials Could Make a Difference for Students

      February 05, 2019

      Drexel faculty now have greater access to open-licensed textbooks — and are already starting to implement them in the classroom.

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    • Drexel College of Arts and Sciences Graduation

      Why Consider Graduate School?

      February 05, 2019

      When it comes to life after graduation, there are many exciting decisions to consider, from choosing where to put down roots, to applying for jobs and determining if graduate or professional school is right for you.

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    • Woman tying shoes in exercise clothes

      Can a 6-hour Program Prevent Obesity? Drexel Psychologist Wants to Find Out

      February 05, 2019

      What if an hour a week for six weeks could prevent young adults from becoming obese? Meghan Butryn, PhD, a Drexel University psychology professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, is trying to find out.

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    • Drexel Dragon Logo Blue

      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      February 04, 2019

      We are proud to recognize the recent presentations, publications, awards and honors of members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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    • Man at desk with paper airplane

      How to be More Creative at Work

      February 04, 2019

      Research by cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists reveals that a vacation could do the trick according to Drexel Psychology professor John Kounios, PhD

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    • The Triangle staff.

      Triangle in Trouble: Drexel’s Independent Newspaper Calls on Students in Fundraising Campaign

      February 04, 2019

      Drexel University’s student newspaper, The Triangle, announced that it no longer could afford printing costs, and is looking to students and the Drexel community for support.

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    • The Commander's Dilemma book cover by Drexel Professor Amelia Hoover Green

      "The Commander's Dilemma": Q&A on Wartime Violence

      February 01, 2019

      Why do some military groups commit many types of violence, whereas others carefully control violence against citizens? In her new book “The Commander’s Dilemma: Violence and Restraint in Wartime,” Cornell University Press, Assistant Professor of Politics Amelia Hoover Green, PhD — whose research focuses on conflict-related violence, intra-armed groups and human rights — argues that restraint occurs when fighters understand why they are fighting. That is, when commanders invest in political education.

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    • Drexel Psychology professor Megan Meyer

      Meet Psychology Prof Megan Meyer

      February 01, 2019

      For Megan L. Meyer, PhD, assistant teaching professor of psychology, student learning transcends the classroom with annual Habitat for Humanity trips and a pedagogy focused on "connections over content."

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    • Terry Gross

      Apply Now: Student Master Class with NPR’s Terry Gross

      February 01, 2019

      Before she delivers the 2019 College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecture on April 10, join us for a special master class with Terry Gross, host of the Peabody Award-winning public radio program “Fresh Air.” Apply now to be one of only 10 CoAS students who will meet and learn from National Public Radio’s foremost interviewer.

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    • Student Organization - Drexel University Mock Trial Association

      Student Organization Q&A: Drexel Mock Trial Association

      February 01, 2019

      We caught up with Talha Mukhtar, a philosophy and political science major, to chat about his experiences with the Drexel Undergraduate Mock Trial Association. Mukhtar is a senior and the current president of DUMT.

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    • Shana Joseph, Drexel Communication Student and Intern at Philadelphia Fox 29

      Communication Major Shares Tips for Success after Working at Fox 29

      February 01, 2019

      I was told that work experience and networking would be two of the best things that I could do for myself while in college. In addition to my schoolwork, extracurriculars, and two co-ops, I decided to complete an internship for credit in my third final year at Drexel. I landed an amazing opportunity at Fox 29 studios in Philadelphia, working on one of their entertainment television shows called "The Q."

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  • January

    • Shahmar Beasley - Drexel Political Science Student

      Rising Leaders: Shahmar Beasley

      January 25, 2019

      Shahmar Beasley is a community leader in the truest sense. His internship experience — with two Pennsylvania state representatives, a Philadelphia judge and a criminal defense attorney — is matched only by his civic engagement. Between fundraising for underserved communities and studying for the LSAT exam, he also organized the Thomas R. Kline School of Law’s first District Attorney candidates debate as the past president of Drexel Democrats.

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    • Kiana Williams - Drexel Chemistry Student

      Rising Leaders: Kiana Williams

      January 25, 2019

      Kiana Williams has conducted research on cancer-causing enzyme misregulation, engaged patients in programming at a children’s hospital, and cared for infants with severe medical conditions. A mentor to underprivileged middle school students, Williams is a strong believer in inspiring people to work together — a motivation that underlies her goal of becoming a medical doctor.

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    • Sumita Gangwani, Environmental Studies, Drexel University

      Rising Leaders: Sumita Gangwani

      January 25, 2019

      Sumita Gangwani has taken her passion for sustainability into diverse roles — studying green energy in Iceland, researching the politics of energy development in Philadelphia, and influencing sustainable retail policies on co-op in Washington, D.C. As an on-campus leader, she has advocated for Drexel to remain committed to its environmental initiatives and has helped empower new Dragons as a student ambassador and mentor.

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    • Anthony Perez - Drexel Global Studies Student

      Rising Leaders: Anthony Perez

      January 25, 2019

      Anthony Perez is an advocate for underserved populations. He’s written grants for nonprofit funding, worked as a human rights intern in Argentina, and helped raise money for disaster relief in Puerto Rico. At his most recent co-op, he assisted immigrants and asylum seekers in attaining permanent residency and public benefits in the U.S.

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    • Sara Aykit - Drexel English Student

      Rising Leaders: Sara Aykit

      January 25, 2019

      Sara Aykit has harnessed the power of storytelling to celebrate diversity and the common experiences that unite us. A Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar, she has attended writing workshops in Ireland and served as a memory writer for people with Alzheimer’s disease. Her focus on community building has led her to become a student advocate with Drexel’s Student Center for Diversity and Inclusion and to assist with refugee resettlement while on co-op at the nonprofit Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society Pennsylvania.

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    • Maggie Deptola - Drexel Global Studies

      Follow My Lead: Maggie Deptola

      January 24, 2019

      A drive to address economic inequalities — and a less-than- engaging high school experience — led Maggie Deptola to Coded by Kids, a local nonprofit that aspires to make technology education accessible to all middle and high school students. Her work caught the eye of professional networking giant LinkedIn, which featured Deptola in its #InItTogether campaign. Her likeness has since been featured on billboards throughout Philadelphia and even in a commercial that aired during the 2018 Winter Olympics — a fitting nod to her Olympian determination to transform education.

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    • Amber Racine, Esq. - Drexel History Politics

      Follow My Lead: Amber Racine, Esq.

      January 24, 2019

      Stumbling upon personal injury law during her co-op as a history and politics student and A.J. Drexel Scholar at Drexel, Amber Racine has since become a rising star of the field. Her accolades range from “Lawyer on the Fast Track” from The Legal Intelligencer to being named chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors for 2019. Her successes aside, Racine is most grateful for the chance to make a difference in people’s lives.

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    • Anthony DeSimone, PhD - Drexel Physics

      Follow My Lead: Anthony DeSimone, PhD

      January 24, 2019

      No matter the day or season, Anthony DeSimone’s mornings start the same: a 4 a.m. wakeup and quick email check, followed by a one- to three-hour run. The discipline required to maintain these morning rituals weaves its way through every aspect of DeSimone’s life, allowing him to tackle the pressures of leading more than 2,000 engineers and a unit that brings in $5 billion in revenue annually.

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    • Nicholas Barber

      Follow My Lead: Nicholas Barber

      January 24, 2019

      For recent alumnus Nicholas Barber, science doesn’t end with discovery. A good scientist, he believes, uses research to inform policy, improve communities and mitigate harm to our planet. After five years at Drexel University — a journey brimming with awards, mentorship experiences and research — Barber is now studying earth science on a full scholarship at the University of Cambridge as the second Gates Cambridge scholar in Drexel history.

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    • Ekwoge Abwe, PhD - Drexel Biological Sciences Student

      Follow My Lead: Ekwoge Abwe, PhD

      January 24, 2019

      Ekwoge Abwe has a gift for rallying others to the cause of conservation. From hunters to farmers to local community members, he has worked for two decades to empower the citizens of Cameroon to protect the country’s fragile ecosystems and its numerous endangered and endemic species.

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    • Madelyn Caltabiano, PhD

      Follow My Lead: Madelyn Caltabiano, PhD

      January 24, 2019

      For 37 years, Lyn Caltabiano has been a leader in the field of pharmaceutical research and development (R&D) at two of the top pharma companies in the world — GlaxoSmithKline and Merck & Co. From leading operations for GSK’s early phase clinical development and oncology R&D to strengthening project and alliance management at Merck, she has sought one challenge after the next, never allowing herself to get too comfortable.

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    • Scientists walking across a glacier

      Antarctic Paleontological Expedition: Week 7

      January 22, 2019

      Windy days at our Deception Glacier camp made for challenging working conditions, but nonetheless we got some good work done to wrap up our field season.

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    • Ted Daeschler Mountain 220

      Striking It With Fossil Trove: Week Six

      January 14, 2019

      Weather this week has been clear but cold and windy. We’ve explored about 10 miles from camp around Alligator Peak, with some good finds of dense bone beds of Devonian fish remains.

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    • Faculty Highlights

      Faculty Highlights: Grants and Awards From Fall 2018

      January 11, 2019

      This update reflects the sponsored research and major gifts, honors and recognition that were recently received by faculty at Drexel University.

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    • Mona Elgohail

      Psychology PhD Candidate named 2018 Muslim Mental Health Policy Advocate

      January 09, 2019

      Mona Elgohail, a clinical psychology PhD candidate mentored by Pamela Geller, PhD, has been named Muslim Mental Health Policy Advocate of 2018 for her research and advocacy around mental health wellness, particularly in the area of fertility and infertility, by the University of Southern California's Center for Muslim Mental Health and Islamic Psychology. She will be receiving this award at their annual conference in February of 2019.

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    • Snowmobile Training 220

      Finding Fossil Fish in Antarctica: Week 5

      January 07, 2019

      Week 5 in Antarctica started with clear skies but strong winds creating dangerous wind chills. Winds dropped to more normal levels after a couple of days, and we’ve gotten several good workdays on the rock outcrops.

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    • Book and notebook open on a table in a library

      Spring Courses

      January 04, 2019

      Explore celebrity philanthropy and activism, identify birds in local parks and reserves, and examine the media’s portrayal of environmental issues in these new and noteworthy spring courses.

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    • Foundation and Corporate Relations

      Support and Resources for Drexel Faculty and Administrators Seeking External Funding

      January 04, 2019

      Drexel’s Office of Foundation and Corporate Relations (FCR) builds strong partnerships with private and corporate foundations that grow Drexel's teaching, research and civic engagement initiatives. FCR offers a wide range of support and resources for Drexel faculty and administrators seeking external funding for their academic research and programs.

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    • Drexel Dragon Logo Blue

      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      January 03, 2019

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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    • Yih Chia Lam and Sean McClellan

      Student Organization Spotlight: The Criminal Justice Society

      January 03, 2019

      Learn about Drexel’s Criminal Justice Society — and how you can get involved — from two criminology and justice studies majors: Sean McClellan ’21, president of the society, and Yih-Chia Lam ’19.

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    • Kathryn Vadell, EdD

      CoAS Appoints Director of Online Education

      January 03, 2019

      In her new role, Vadell will collaborate with faculty, College leadership and Drexel University Online to shape and support a vision for curricular and faculty development, as well as student success, in the College’s technology-enhanced pedagogy.

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    • Jon “Jack” Santucci, PhD

      Meet Politics Prof Jack Santucci

      January 03, 2019

      Assistant Teaching Professor of Politics Jon “Jack” Santucci, PhD, has studied proportional represenation and attitudes toward the electoral process, and encourages his students to dig deeper into political narratives.

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    • John Medaglia

      John Medaglia Named as APS Rising Star

      January 03, 2019

      The Association for Psychological Science (APS) has named John Medaglia as an APS Rising Star. This designation is presented to outstanding APS members who are in the earliest stages of their research career.

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