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Virtual Global Exchange Series


With the shift from in-person to online learning, the Office of Global Engagement launched series of virtual lectures for students to join from Drexel and Drexel’s exchange partners to continue to promote global collaboration. Each session had a specific global theme and was led by faculty members, academics and other professionals in the field who moderated the discussion between students.

Any questions about the series can be directed to Casey Devine, Coordinator for the Office of Global Engagement.

Previous Series: 

Can Coastal Ecosystems Mitigate Climate Change? 

Thursday, March 25 at 11:00 am Eastern Standard Time

Join the Office of Global Engagement for our next Virtual Exchange Series which will center around the topic of using drone mapping to measure climate change mitigation functions of coastal lagoons. The session will be in the form of a webinar and will feature the following panelists, who will present about their work in Baja about coastal ecosystems. 

Dr. Elizabeth Watson is an environmental science faculty member at Drexel University in Philadelphia and the wetland section leader at the Patrick Center, at the Academy of Natural Sciences, a leading natural history museum. Watson teaches courses in geology, ecology, and environmental science and conducts research on the effects of climate change on coastal ecology, including impacts from sea level rise, changing participation patterns, and increased temperatures. 

Johannes Krause is a PhD candidate in the Department of Biodiversity, Earth, and Environmental Science at Drexel University and works with Dr. Elizabeth Watson in the Coastal Change Lab. His research focusses on the role of salt marshes and seagrass meadows in the carbon cycle and he uses remote sensing methods to detect past and present change in coastal habitats.

Alejandro Hinojosa is a faculty member at the Earth Sciences graduate program of CICESE research center in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. His research interests are the application of geographic information systems and remote sensing techniques in multidisciplinary workgroups, bridging science barriers applying new sensor technology and scientific visualization aids.

Thursday, December 10 at 9:00 am Eastern Standard Time 


Join the Office of Global Engagement for a final installation of the series for the Fall. This session will be led by Dr. Christopher Laincz, Professor of Economics at Drexel University, who will be joined by distinguished panelists from Shanghai Tech, Brazil and London.  Each panelist will provide insight on the economic impact of their respective regions, and will give time to the audience to submit questions afterward. 

Wednesday, September 30 at 9:15am Eastern Standard Time


With representation from The Urban Health Collective in the Dornsife School of Public Health and the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil, the theme of this discussion will surround Global Health,virtual auditing and the importance of evaluating the health conditions of vulnerable communities from a global perspective.  Please see below for a full list of presenters: 

Gina Lovasi - Dornsife School of Public Health, Urban Health Collective at Drexel University

Rosie Mae Henson - Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University

Guta Friche - Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil 

Dustin Fry - Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Drexel University 

Pedro Tosio Gullón - Dornsife School of Public Health, Urban Health Collective at Drexel University

Monday, July 20 at 6:30pm Eastern Standard Time

Join us for a discussion about the challenges that COVID presents to the sports world and takeaways and opportunities that have resulted due to the pandemic. Jeffrey Levine, J.D., PhD. (Department of Sports Management, Drexel) and James Skinner, PhD (Institute for Sports Business, Loughborough University London) will provide their expertise on this subject, and encourage participants from all disciplines to join.

Wednesday, July 15 at 11:00am Eastern Standard Time


Synøve Andersen (University of Oslo) and Jordan Hyatt (Drexel University) are the co-moderators for the fourth session, Corrections Culture and Change. Dr. Andersen and Dr. Hyatt will will lead the discussion about the Norwegian prison system, its cultural context and some emerging opportunities for reform in the US.


Thursday, May 21 at 9:30am Eastern Standard Time


The topic for the third session is Social Media in a Global Crisis, moderated by Asta Zelenkauskaite and Carmel Vaisman, who will discuss the consequences of COVID-19 through the lens of #cancelled and the transition from face-to-face to virtual. Active participation is strongly encouraged throughout the session. 

Thursday, May 7 at 9:30am Eastern Standard Time

Join moderators Eugenia Ellis and Giuliana Iannaccone for a discussion about Cities and Responsive Strategies for Climate Change. Dr. Eugenia Victoria Ellis, AIA directs Drexel University’s dLUX light lab and is a Professor at Drexel University with dual appointments in the College of Engineering and the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.  Giuliana Iannaccone is Associate Professor of Architectural Engineering and Director of the International Building and Architectural Engineering Graduate Program at Politecnico di Milano. She is involved in collaborative research projects in the field of energy-efficient and zero-emission buildings, both new and existing.Both are actively involved with dLUX, where experts from design, engineering and the health professions investigate the links between natural and electric light sources and their effects on biological rhythms and health outcomes to create frameworks for the design of the built environment at the nexus of health, energy and technology. Together with the Politecnico di Milano, dLUX researches strategies for the design of Responsive Urban Environments – cities considered through the lens of ecosystem management as a complex network of interrelated parts that rely on each other to maintain system balance.

Wednesday, April 22 at 9:30am Eastern Standard Time

The first session of the series will be held on Wednesday, April 22 at 9:30 am EST. The topic is Global Entrepreneurship for Social Change, led by Emilee Simmons, PhD, Charles (Chuck) Sacco and Ozlem Ogutveren Gonul, PhD. Dr. Simmons has a substantial academic and business experience delivered across Higher Education, Creative Industries and Social Enterprises, utilizing researched expertise within Entrepreneurship and Business Development. Chuck is the Assistant Dean of Strategic Initiatives and the Director of the Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship. His career includes a track-record of launching and growing businesses in the fields of enterprise software, business process management and mobile apps. Dr. Gonul is an Assistant Teaching professor of Entrepreneurship at Drexel and has experience teaching a variety of courses in Management and Entrepreneurship for over twenty two years. Her current research interests include incubator models, success and failure in entrepreneurship, and inter-organizational relationships (to name a few!). Oz also mentors start-up companies in the social entrepreneurship field.