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2021

  • July

    • Julian Stirling and Valerian Sanga assemble OpenFlexure Microscopes for display at GOSH Global 2018

      Open Science Hardware Accelerates Innovation, Democratizes Science

      July 29, 2021

      Open Science Hardware (OSH) could be a game changer for the democratization of science, as long as there is infrastructure to prevent recreating existing inequities. Postdoctoral research Julieta Arancio, a postdoctoral researcher under the mentorship of Gwen Ottinger, is studying the OpenFlexure project to develop policy recommendations for university management, researchers and anyone trying to promote OSH.

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    • Eric Zillmer attending a Drexel men’s basketball game versus Saint Joseph’s University on Nov. 17, 2014 at the Daskalakis Athletic Center. Photo credit: Drexel Athletics.

      Athletic Director Emeritus Reflects on 23 Years in College Athletics

      July 21, 2021

      Eric Zillmer, PsyD, shared some of what he saw and experienced during his run of more than 23 years at the helm of collegiate sports for the University — and what comes next.

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    • Four students face a white wall covered in colorful sticky notes

      Students Explore the Ethics of Science and Technology in STS Minor

      July 21, 2021

      Appealing to a wide range of students—from those who are pre-med, studying engineering or computing and informatics, to students who are interested in the societal and ethical impact of science and technology—the Science, Technology and Society (STS) minor allows students to explore the cultural, ethical, historical, political and institutional dimensions of science, medicine and technology.

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    • Naoko Kurahashi Neilson stands in snow at the geographic South Pole

      NSF Career Award Supports Work that Could Redefine the Night Sky

      July 19, 2021

      Naoko Kurahashi Neilson, PhD, associate professor of physics, was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award to look for supermassive black holes in the sky using neutrinos. Neilson is conducting this work as part of the IceCube collaboration, which is a team of approximately 300 physicists from 53 institutions in 12 countries, working with data collected from the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, located at the geographic South Pole.

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    • Preparation and the presentation of her social initiative and talent won Elaine Ficarra the right to be called Miss Philadelphia in the competition’s centennial year, as well as scholarship funding and a chance to compete in the Miss Pennsylvania competition last month, in which she placed third runner up.

      Drexel Student Named Miss Philadelphia 2021

      July 14, 2021

      Elaine Ficarra, a rising third-year biology major and Pennoni Honors College student, earned the title of Miss Philadelphia after competition was postponed due to the pandemic last year, and placed third runner up at the Miss Pennsylvania competition in June.

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    • Mallika Kodavatiganti

      Biological Sciences Alum Mallika Kodavatiganti ’21 Combines Passions for Co-op Success

      July 12, 2021

      Biological sciences alum Mallika Kodavatiganti '21 shares how her extracurricular activities, creative experiences and coursework inspired the work she did during co-ops at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Temple University's Center for Obesity Research and Education. She was recently honored with a 2021 Cooperative Education Award.

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    • Students associated with the Climate and Sustainability Working Group helped put on Earthfest on April 22. Photo courtesy of Grace Zaborski.

      Eco-Passionate Students Find Outlet, Experience Through Climate and Sustainability Working Group

      July 09, 2021

      As plans for a centralized sustainability office at Drexel continue to formulate, students seeking climate and sustainability impact opportunities have found a home working with Drexel’s cross-functional and interdisciplinary working group started last spring in conjunction with the University’s “Climate Year” initiative. 

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    • City of Philadelphia skyline.

      Drexel Helps Set Climate Resilience Research Agenda for Philadelphia

      July 09, 2021

      A new collaboration between the University, Academy of Natural Sciences, City of Philadelphia, DVRPC and local organizations will ultimately create a research agenda to help make the region more climate resilient.

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    • Blue Drexel dragon logo

      Recognizing Excellence in Research, Scholarship, Creativity, Teaching and Professional Service

      July 08, 2021

      As a means of supporting the ongoing development of Drexel University’s research, scholarship and creative activities, as well as recognizing excellence in teaching and professional service, the Office of Research & Innovation and the Office of Faculty Advancement and Undergraduate Affairs are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020-21 Research, Scholarship and Creativity Awards and the 2020-21 Provost Awards for Teaching, Scholarship and Professional Service.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      July 07, 2021

      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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    • Henry Israeli

      Henry Israeli Appointed Director of Jewish Studies

      July 01, 2021

      Henry Israeli, from the Department of English and Philosophy, has been appointed to the position of Director of Jewish Studies, effective Fall 2021, to lead the planning and implementation of a range of initiatives to increase the visibility of the program both inside and outside the University while developing a strategic plan in collaboration with Amelia Hoover Green, PhD, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

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  • June

    • A collage of portraits of the students in the MFA Class of 2021

      Creativity Can’t Wait: CoAS Graduates First Class of Creative Writing MFA Students

      June 30, 2021

      Last month, the College of Arts and Sciences graduated its first class of Creative Writing MFA students. The low-residency program launched in the fall of 2019 and has quickly become known as a program with a strong community where the students’ support of one another and their creative reach is inspiring and uplifting. Meet the thirteen members of the Class of 2021.

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    • Amazon River Turtles that survived the L. coecus raid being prepared for release in a nearby oxbow lake.

      Trouble from Below: Subterranean Army Ants Raid Nests of Endangered Amazon River Turtles

      June 28, 2021

      Learn more about the predation on nests of three species of Amazon River turtles (Podocnemis) by underground-foraging army ants (Labidus coecus) being studied right now by Professor Sean O'Donnell.

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    • Blue Drexel dragon logo

      Jennifer Yusin, PhD, Appointed Director of Women’s and Gender Studies

      June 28, 2021

      Jennifer Yusin, PhD, from the Department of English and Philosophy, has been appointed to the position of Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, effective Fall 2021, to lead the planning and implementation of a range of initiatives to increase the visibility of the program both inside and outside the university while developing a strategic plan in collaboration with Amelia Hoover Green, PhD, associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion.

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    • María Paula Mijares Torres poses with a newspaper featuring her first bylined story

      Advocating for a Free Press: Meet María Paula Mijares Torres '23

      June 23, 2021

      Communication major María Paula Mijares Torres was recently recognized by the Lenfest Institute of Journalism for her advocacy for journalism. She is currently exploring her passion for the field in a co-op at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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    • Eighteen-year-old Paul Robeson High School grad Lyric Wise won a $50,000 scholarship live on national television explains her existing ties to the University, as well as her excitement and plans for starting at Drexel this fall.

      'Good Morning America' Scholarship Recipient Lyric Wise Can’t Wait to Be a Dragon

      June 21, 2021

      The 18-year-old Paul Robeson High School grad who won a $50,000 scholarship live on national television explains her existing ties to the University, as well as her excitement and plans for starting at Drexel this fall.

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    • But We Keep Going, the Paul Robeson High School senior portrait series, was celebrated on the evening of June 17 with a projection event on Drexel's University City campus produced by Welsh, Writers Room Assistant Director Patrice Worthy, Pearlstein Gallery Exhibitions and Programs Coordinator Leah Appleton, and Greenhouse Media.

      Drexel Writers Room Collaboration Shines 7-Story Spotlight on Local High School Graduates

      June 21, 2021

      As part of its TRIPOD initiative, the university-community literary arts program Writers Room helped celebrate and share stories of the Paul Robeson High School senior class and their resiliency during the pandemic — culminating in the projection of the students’ portraits on the side of the University City Campus’ Nesbitt Hall on the evening of June 17.

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    • TEDxDrexelU, a student organization whose mission it is to bring the spirit of TED to the Drexel community, will present a two-day virtual conference featuring Drexel faculty and alumni speakers June 26–27.

      Watch Your Professors Give TEDx Talks During a Student-Curated Virtual Event This Week

      June 21, 2021

      TEDxDrexelU, a student organization whose mission it is to bring the spirit of TED to the Drexel community, will present a two-day virtual conference featuring Drexel faculty and alumni speakers June 26–27.

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    • A graphic that reads Juneteenth: A Day of Recognition, Restoration, Celebration

      Juneteenth Discussion Looks Back to Move Forward

      June 17, 2021

      On Wednesday, June 16, the Office of Equality and Diversity and the Center for Black Culture dedicated time to reflect on all that has happened and to think about what yet needs to be done in a panel discussion on the topic of Juneteenth and racial justice. Titled “Looking Back to Move Forward: A Frank Conversation in Commemoration of Juneteenth,” the event was moderated by Patience Ajoff-Foster, PhD, CDP, executive director for diversity and inclusive culture.

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    • Faculty Highlights

      Faculty Highlights: Recent Grants and Awards

      June 16, 2021

      Last term, Drexel University faculty were recognized for their scholarly research and professional contributions and recognitions.

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      Two Recent CoAS Alums Named Fulbright Honorees

      June 16, 2021

      Congratulations to recent CoAS alumni Jorge Fortin-Mejia ’19, who has been selected as a recipient, and Parisa Khoshnood ’20, who has been selected as an alternate, for the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program for 2021-22.

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    • The commencement set-up in Mandell Theater where non-semester-based college and school ceremonies were livestreamed from June 7–10.

      Drexel Virtually Celebrates 2021 Graduates of Colleges, Schools, Heritage Groups

      June 14, 2021

      Before the University-wide ceremony at Citizen’s Bank Park on June 11, commencement for Drexel’s colleges, schools and students of the African diaspora were held virtually though celebrated wholeheartedly.

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    • A commencement cap with the phrase "That's All She Wrote" and a seated woman on a chair.

      Capping Off the Return of Drexel’s Commencement Cap Contest

      June 14, 2021

      The top three designs from the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 showed the Philly skyline, the future’s possibilities and recognizing achievements of the past.

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    • Abioseh Porter

      Abioseh Porter, PhD, Appointed Interim Director of Africana Studies

      June 14, 2021

      Abioseh Porter, PhD, professor of English, has been appointed to the position of Interim Director of Africana Studies, effective Fall 2021, to lead the planning and implementation of a range of initiatives to increase the visibility of the program both inside and outside the University while developing a Strategic Plan in collaboration with Amelia Hoover Green, PhD, associate dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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    • On a cutting board, vegetables, grains and spices are arranged to spell out Green Verses

      New Publication Celebrates the Intersection of the Arts and Sciences

      June 10, 2021

      Inspired by their backgrounds attending liberal arts institutions for undergraduate education, Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science (BEES) PhD candidates Karmi Oxman and Virginia Caponera launched Green Verses, a new arts zine that features creative work from BEES students.

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    • Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences Honors Day Awardees

      Celebrating Our Honors Day 2021 Awardees

      June 10, 2021

      As the annual Honors Day celebration demonstrates, the Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences is home to many of Drexel's finest students. Through our comprehensive, real-world approach to education they are well prepared to respond confidently to the world’s most pressing issues — now and long into their future. Interdisciplinary study and hands-on skills spanning the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences equip these capable achievers to serve all of society through scholarship, research and civic engagement, and to advance positive change.

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      Congratulations to Our 2021 Gilman Scholars

      June 09, 2021

      We are pleased to announce that four CoAS students have received Gilman Scholarships to support study or co-op abroad in 2021. Congratulations to Manmeen Kaur, Elana Sargent, Jade Umstead and Brenda Vong!

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      2021 Graduate Student Awards

      June 08, 2021

      We are pleased to recognize the following graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences, who recently received Drexel Emerging Graduate Scholars Conference Awards and Graduate Student Excellence Awards.

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    • Tim Hanlon

      Meet Undergraduate Student Commencement Speaker Tim Hanlon

      June 07, 2021

      Tim Hanlon is an honors biology major with a concentration in organismal biology and physiology, a minor in neuroscience, certificates in creative writing and in publishing, and is also the outgoing Student Body President. Hanlon recently took the time to reflect on his time at Drexel and share what’s in store for him after graduation.

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    • Angel Hogan

      Meet Graduate Student Commencement Speaker Angel Hogan

      June 04, 2021

      Angel Hogan is a member of Drexel’s first graduating Creative Writing MFA class. She is an activist, poet and filmmaker. Hogan recently took time from her very busy schedule to tell us a little about herself, the MFA program and her artistic pursuits.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      June 03, 2021

      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 screenshot of Kejsi Ruka's presentation titled Understanding Labor Union Views on Energy Futures

      Sophomore Kejsi Ruka Goes from STAR Scholar to Award Winner

      June 02, 2021

      Global Studies major Kejsi Ruka recently presented her research at the Stanford Student Research Conference, where she was awarded Best Poster in the Qualitative Social Science Research Category. Her conference poster presented her analysis of what unionized energy workers think about energy transitions and the future of energy in the United States.

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      Spring 2021 CoAS Interdepartmental Research Showcase

      June 01, 2021

      At the Spring 2021 CoAS Interdepartmental Research Showcase, Emily Greberman, a Criminology & Justice Studies and Psychology major, took home first prize for her research presentation on "Twitter As a Mechanism for Coping with a Traumatic Event: Ferguson and the Shooting of Michael Brown."

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  • May

    • Blue background with white text that reads Standing in Solidarity: A Frank Conversation About Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

      Standing in Solidarity Event Draws Attention to Anti-Asian Racism and Offers Path Forward

      May 28, 2021

      To promote this educational awareness during a time when anti-Asian hate crimes are on the rise, Drexel’s Office of Equality and Diversity held a panel discussion event in collaboration with Rebecca Clothey, PhD, director of the Asian Studies minor program. This panel featured a conversation grounded in the experiences of Asian and Asian American students, faculty and professional staff members in the Drexel community, with dialogue from students and faculty in the College of Arts and Science.

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    • Nic John Ramos stands in front of a Keith Haring mural

      History Professor Nic John Ramos, PhD, Troubles the Line

      May 26, 2021

      Award-winning Assistant Professor of History Nic John Ramos, PhD, does not easily fit into any one category. Though he teaches in the Department of History, his doctorate is in American Studies and Ethnicity, which he describes as really being at the intersection of Gender Studies and Ethnic Studies. Meanwhile, his research exists at the intersection of race and medicine. And in his classes, students are just as likely to encounter graphic novels and poetry as they are historical documents and books.

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    • Drexel University graduate at Citizens Bank Park.

      Drexel University Announces 2021 Commencement Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients

      May 24, 2021

      The speakers and honorary degree recipients addressing graduating Dragons this year are well-known and respected in their various fields, and several have deep, longstanding ties to Drexel.

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    • Michael Silverstein

      Michael Silverstein’s Research Provides Answers for People with ADHD, EFD in Highly Cited Paper

      May 24, 2021

      Michael Silverstein, a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology, investigated the relationship between attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and executive dysfunction symptoms in adults and found that ADHD symptoms were strongly correlated with and predictive of executive function deficits (EFDs), guiding clinicians to take a more holistic approach to treatment. The resulting paper received enough citations to place it in the top one percent of the academic field of psychiatry/psychology based on a highly cited threshold for the field and publication year.

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    • Scott Warnock

      Scott Warnock, PhD, Appointed Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education

      May 24, 2021

      Scott Warnock, PhD, from the Department of English and Philosophy, has been appointed to the position of Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education to provide leadership in all areas of undergraduate education in the College of Arts and Sciences while fostering initiatives to improve faculty’s teaching experience.

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    • Screenshot of Victoria Wible presenting her research on Analyzing Union Apprenticeship and Training Opportunities in a Clean Energy Transition

      Junior Victoria Wible Tackles Energy Transitions in Sociology Co-op

      May 21, 2021

      Victoria Wible, a sociology major and research assistant on co-op this spring with the Labor and Energy Project at Drexel, presented her research at the Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Social Science Conference, organized through Lebanon Valley College.

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    • Maxwell Franklin, Johannes Wagner, and Elizabeth Espinal

      Two Students, Alum Named 2021 NSF Graduate Research Fellows 

      May 20, 2021

      Two CoAS graduate students and one recent alumni have received 2021 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships to promote research efforts in physics and clinical psychology. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program aims to encourage innovation and creativity in STEM fields by investing in outstanding graduate students through a five-year fellowship program. The fellowship includes three years’ worth of financial support, with an annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost of education allowance of $12,000 awarded to the researcher and their institution.

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    • An illustration of complex oscillation in quantum physics

      New Quantum Technology and Quantum Information Certificate Prepares Students for Careers in Emerging Field

      May 19, 2021

      To address the critical shortage of skilled workers in quantum technology and quantum information, Drexel University will offer a new post-baccalaureate certificate in this area. Beginning fall 2021, the Department of Physics will accept applicants who hold bachelor's degrees in physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering, or electrical and computer engineering, and offer them opportunities to learn the fundamentals of quantum technology and quantum information. The aim is to provide a strong foundation in this emerging area, with a focus on the foundations of quantum physics, technological advances on the quantum level, and real-world applications.

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    • Evangelia Chrysikou

      Evangelia Chrysikou, PhD Appointed Associate Dean for Research

      May 18, 2021

      Evangelia G. Chrysikou, PhD, from the Department of Psychology, has been appointed to a 3-year term as Associate Dean for Research to provide leadership to all research and scholarly/creative inquiry programs in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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    • screenshot of Zoom classroom with Brett Condon in a science lab

      SEA-PHAGES Lab Innovates for Remote Learning Environment

       

      May 17, 2021

       Susan Gurney, PhD, and Brett Condon, PhD, who co-teach the Science Education Alliance Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (SEA-PHAGES) course, had a novel solution to move their extremely hands-on lab online.

       

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    • cover image of book what makes you think you're awake next to photo of author maegan poland

      Unsettled and Unsettling: An Interview with Maegan Poland on Her Debut Short Story Collection

       

      May 13, 2021

      The award-winning debut short story collection from Assistant Teaching Professor of English Maegan Poland, PhD, features wildly imaginative and beautifully detailed stories. In this interview, Poland discusses her interests and influences, among other things.

       

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    • Illustration of notebook paper and pencil with Drexel Writing Festival 2021 written on it

      Visiting Authors Highlight 2021 Drexel Writing Festival, Set for May 17-21

       

      May 07, 2021

      The 2021 Drexel Writing Festival returns virtually May 17-21, and features esteemed visiting writers Karen E. Bender, Robert Anthony Siegel, Artress Bethany White, and Kayleb Rae Candrilli.

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    • Headshots of Tim Hanlon and Angel Hogan

      #ForeverDragons: Save the Date for the CoAS Commencement 2021

      May 04, 2021

      On Tuesday, June 8, 2021, the College of Arts and Sciences will celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2021 with a virtual commencement. The ceremony will be live-streamed from Mandell Theater, where a small party of dignitaries and speakers will gather.

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  • April

  • March

    • drexel alum shahmar beasley

      The Future is Bright for CoAS Alum Shahmar Beasley ’19, JD ’22

      March 31, 2021

      In a short time, College of Arts and Sciences alumnus Shahmar Beasley ’19 has accomplished a lot. From being named a Forbes 30 Under 30 Scholar to campaigning for various politicians and attending Drexel’s Kline School of Law, Beasley keeps a full calendar.  

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    • Since March 2020, Drexel faculty and international academic partners have been pivoting planned study abroad trips to engaging remote learning opportunities.

      Global at Home: Drexel Study Abroad Goes Virtual During the Pandemic

      March 29, 2021

      Since March 2020, Drexel faculty and international academic partners have been pivoting planned study abroad trips to engaging remote learning opportunities.

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    • a grid of photos showing environmental justice protesters, a forest fire, industrial pollution, and solar panels and wind turbines

      New Climate Change Minor Prepares Students for Solving One of the World’s Most Pressing Problems

      March 29, 2021

      Climate change is one of the most serious challenges facing humankind today, and in the coming decades it will impact every aspect of people’s lives and careers. Even though actions are being taken to reduce global emissions, today’s students will live through a period of rapid climate change that is without precedent in human history. To help prepare students to face these problems, the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science (BEES) will offer a new minor in Climate Change beginning in Fall 2021.

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    • Photograph of Drexel student Renea Tingling

      Freshman Renae Tingling to Appear in The Norton Field Guide to Writing

      March 25, 2021

      Drexel University student Renae Tingling has essay written for first year writing class accepted for publication in The Norton Field Guide for Writing, a well-known and highly regarded writing instructional used in college writing courses across the nation.

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    • flat circular map of the earth

      Physicist David Goldberg Helps Create the Most Accurate Map of the World

      March 23, 2021

      Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences Professor of Physics David Goldberg, PhD, is part of a team that has created the most accurate flat map of the world: a double-sided circle that features the Northern Hemisphere on one side and the Southern Hemisphere on the other.

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    • Drexel Master's in Strategic and Digital Communication (MS-SDC)

      CoAS Launches New Master’s Program in Strategic and Digital Communication

      March 16, 2021

      Changing times, new technologies, and an increasingly digital environment: In a constantly shifting media landscape, communication professionals have to be flexible. They must be not only prepared to face change head-on, but also able to step up and lead others in what it means to innovate and communicate in the digital age. To help current and aspiring communication professionals meet these challenges and opportunities, the Department of Communication is launching the Master of Science in Strategic and Digital Communication (MS-SDC).

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  • February

    • Trapeta Mayson (left) and Yolanda Wisher, adjunct instructors in the Department of English and Philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University, are teaching “Black Women Writing: Short Stories (CW T680)” to graduate students.

      Graduate Course Shifts Focus on Black Women Writers, Away From the ‘Single Story’

      February 26, 2021

      “Black Women Writing: Short Stories (CW T680),” which is being offered to graduate students this term, promotes anti-racism by disrupting the white literary cannon and shining a light on 19th century through 21st century Black women renegades.

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    • Faculty Highlights

      Faculty Highlights: Recent Grants and Awards

      February 17, 2021

      This update offers a snapshot of recent activity, including Miriam Giguere, PhD, head of the Department of Performing Arts and professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, who was awarded a $400,000 grant to create a citywide music-based project.

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    • DrexelNow spoke with undergraduate students on campus about this phase of Drexel University’s reopening, including health and safety protocols for residence halls and in-person learning, making new friends and staying connected, and their advice and hopes for the near future.

      COVID Campus: How It Feels to Be Back for Dragons

      February 01, 2021

      DrexelNow spoke with undergraduate students on campus about this phase of Drexel University’s reopening, including health and safety protocols for residence halls and in-person learning, making new friends and staying connected, and their advice and hopes for the near future.

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  • January