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Global Research Symposium


Drexel University Climate Year: Global Research Symposium

April 15, 9:30-1:00pm EST

With over 100 partnerships around the world, Drexel research is happening on every continent and is advancing our global impact. We invite the Drexel community to join us as we celebrate international research. This year, we have chosen to highlight Drexel's commitment to climate and sustainability research. Climate change is an urgent global crisis that calls on people and institutions across the globe to act collectively to address it. Recognizing this urgency, students, faculty and professional staff from across Drexel University and the Academy of Natural Sciences have come together to make 2021 our Climate Year. 

We invite faculty from Drexel and our international partners to submit proposal topics for our virtual Climate Year: Global Research Symposium. During the Symposium, selected faculty will present flash presentations on their research around clustered themes, such as economics, health, engineering and technology, design, urban planning, the environment, among others. The event will be followed by an opportunity to match faculty interests in support of the Office of Global Engagement's Climate Action Grants and other funding opportunities.

Schedule of Events

9:30am Welcome 

9:45-10:30am: Session 1 

Andrew Smith | College of Arts and Sciences, Drexel University
Symbioculture: A Relational Conception of Sustainable Food Systems"

Eugenia Victoria Ellis | College of Engineering, Antoinette Westphal College of Arts and Design, Drexel University
Climate Change and Agriculture: Strategies to Reduce GHG Emissions

Jesse F. Ballinger | College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University
"Aging and Generational Relations in the Age of Climate Catastrophe: A Perspective from the Humanities

José ArarunaPontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
"Restoration of degraded pasture in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest"

Leon F. VinciCollege of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University
"COVID-19 Impact to Public Health--Boots on the Ground"

Manuela Gutiérrez García | Universidad Nacional de Colombia
"Climate Change Adaptation Plan from Environmental Health for Antioquia, Colombia. Diagnostic phase"

Suruchi Sood | Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University
"A review of entertainment-education as a theory and evidence-based strategy for climate change communication: 2000-2020"

10:45am-11:30am: Session 2 

Elizabeth S. Quinn | Antoinette Westphal College of Arts and Design, Drexel University
“Material Innovation and the Impermanence of Fashion"

Emil Polyak | Antoinette Westphal College of Arts and Design, Drexel University 
“Homeostasis”, a speculative, interactive visual experience"

Ohyun Kwon | LeBow College of Business, Drexel University
"Global Firms and Emissions"

Steve Vásquez Dolph  | College of Arts and Sciences, Drexel University
"Partnership-Building for Land-Based Education"

Suresh Chandran | LeBow College of Business
"Technology Management with Carbon Capture and Storage as a Game Changer in the Fight Against Climate Change"

11:45am-12:30pm: Session 3 

Ezra Wood | College of Arts and Sciences, Drexel University
“Tackling the Other Greenhouse Gases: Methane Emissions in Philadelphia"

Finley R. Shapiro | College of Engineering, Drexel University 
Agrivoltaics: Combining Solar Energy and Agriculture"

Gary Rosenberg | College of Arts and Sciences, Drexel University
"Detecting changing distributions of marine mollusks of the Eastern Seaboard"

Gianluca Valenti | Politecnico di Milano
"Hydrogen from an European Perspective"

Giuliana IannacconePolitecnico di Milano
"Bio-based materials for sustainable energy retrofitting: a scenario analysis to meet the 2°C target of the Paris Climate Agreement"

Paul Callomon | Academy of Natural Sciences, Drexel University
"Snails over time"

Sean O'Donnell | College of Arts and Sciences, Drexel University 
"Connecting thermal tolerance, social dynamics and desert ecology: seed-harvesting ants in the Negev"

12:45pm Concluding Remarks

Questions can be directed to Casey Devine at