July

Jim Tucker receives an award from NACUBO Drexel Senior Vice President Receives Distinguished Business Officer Award
Jim Tucker, senior vice president for Student Life and Administrative Services at Drexel University, was awarded the Distinguished Business Officer Award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), for his 35 years of leadership in higher education administration.
Andre White Co-op Finds Comfort in Company’s Versatility
Mechanical engineering junior Andre White, who is currently on co-op with Boeing, says Drexel's co-op program arms students with an "extra notch of competitiveness."
Alphonso McClendon Q&A with Alphonso McClendon: Olympic Fashion
DrexelNow recently checked in with fashion design professor Alphonso McClendon to discuss fashion’s role in the 2012 Olympics and specifically the recent controversy over the Team USA opening ceremony clothing.
Michael Brennan Bridging the Gap Between Computer Science and Social Impact
Meet Michael Brennan, a computer science Ph.D. candidate who has a passion for the intersection of computer science and its effect on society.
Steve Kasprzyk Drexel Alum Steve Kasprzyk and the U.S. Men's 8 Advance to Final at the 2012 Olympics
The final race is set for Wednesday, August 1 at 5:30 a.m. Viewers will be able to watch the rowing events via NBC.com's live streaming.
Diagram shows the role of the protein importin beta1 in signaling after nerve damage at the axon, from the axon to the cell body. Long-Distance Distress Signal from Periphery of Injured Nerve Cells Begins with Locally Made Protein
New research recently published in Neuron, co-authored by Drexel's Dr. Jeffery Twiss, is one of the strongest indicators yet of molecular signaling from end to end in peripheral nerve cells. The team's new discoveries may help scientists better understand nerve cells' distress signals and nerve cell repair, so they can eventually control and enhance the process to speed up recovery from nerve injuries.
Dr. Sean O'Donnell at his field research site in Monteverde, Costa Rica with field assistant Drexel University undergraduate student Emily Johnson Private Landowners Can Help Protect Biodiversity "Arks" in Tropical Reserves
Many of the world’s tropical protected areas are struggling to sustain their biodiversity, according to a study just published in Nature by more than 200 scientists from around the world. Among them, Drexel's Dr. Sean O’Donnell, highlighted the important, beneficial role of private landowners who work to preserve biodiversity in their land surrounding tropical reserves.
Steve Kasprzyk Drexel Crew Alumnus to Help U.S. Row For Olympic Gold
The men's eight will race in the preliminary heat that has been estimated to begin at 5:10 a.m. EST on Saturday, July 28, followed by the repechage on July 30.
PZT sensor - Mutharasan Diving Board Sensor Key to DNA Detection
A tiny vibrating cantilever sensor could soon help doctors and field clinicians quickly detect harmful toxins, bacteria and even indicators of certain types of cancer from small samples of blood or urine. Researchers from Drexel University are in the process of refining a sensor technology that they developed to measure samples at the cellular level into an accurate method for quickly detecting traces of DNA in liquid samples.
School of Education School of Education to Become an Independent Unit
Dean William Lynch will be appointed dean of the School of Education and will also continue to supervise the activities of Goodwin College while a national search begins for a new dean.
Christina Chung Top Five Myths About Protecting Your Skin From the Sun
With summer in full swing and folks enjoying the outdoors, the College of Medicine's Dr. Christina Chung debunks a few popular myths about sun protection.
Paula Cohen What I'm Reading: Paula Marantz Cohen
DrexelNow recently spoke with Dr. Paula Marantz Cohen,distinguished professor of English, who is currently reading Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America by John M. Barry.
Dr. Dov Jaron Rio+20 Conference Focuses on Solutions for Global Sustainability
In 1992, the United Nations held a summit to find a way to lift billions of people out of poverty without exhausting the planet’s resources. Twenty years later, experts from around the globe—including Drexel’s Dr. Dov Jaron—convened once again to move beyond the political promises of the 1990s and begin accomplishing goals.
Yael Branscom Q&A with Yael Branscom: LeBow's Words I Live By Campaign
DrexelNow spoke with LeBow's Yael Branscom, assistant director of marketing, to discuss the college’s Words I Live By advertising campaign.
A preliminary design concept by a group of Drexel students for the A.J. Drexel Autism institute's mobile clinic Autism Outreach on Wheels: Students Design Mobile Clinics for A.J. Drexel Autism Institute
The newly established A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University is hitting the road with design assistance from students in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. Students are developing designs for the interior and exterior of a vehicle that will be used as a mobile clinic for research and community outreach, the first mobile unit for autism in the Philadelphia region.
Harriet Cole human nervous system Harriet Cole: Drexel’s Longest-Serving Employee
Her sacrifice can still be appreciated today at Drexel's Queen Lane Campus.
Mayor Nutter Announces $16 Million in Support of Philadelphia education
Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced a new, more than $16.2 million investment over the next four years by the Middleton family for educational, workforce training, and professional development programming. John S. and Leigh Middleton selected eight targeted education efforts in which their investment will be distributed: the School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Academies, Inc., Philadelphia Youth Network and Drexel University through the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
Eugenia Victoria Ellis What I'm Reading: Eugenia Victoria Ellis
Drexel's Dr. Eugenia Victoria Ellis has a lot on her plate—but only in the academic sense. She recently took time to chat with DrexelNow about what she’s reading in her spare time—a book called The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf.
Amanda Pentecost Far From Home: Co-op Takes Drexel Senior to China
Drexel senior Amanda Pentecost is currently in China working at the Shanghai Advanced Research Institute (SARI). She is the first student to take part in the Drexel-SARI partnership.
Marla Gold Q&A with Marla Gold: Over-the-Counter HIV Tests
School of Public Health Dean Marla Gold talked with DrexelNow about the new at-home HIV test and how it could affect the trajectory of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Obesity and Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Insulin Resistance
The combination of obesity and vitamin D deficiency may put people at even greater risk of insulin resistance than either factor alone, according to new research from the Drexel University School of Public Health recently published early online in the journal Diabetes Care. Insulin resistance is a major risk factor for Type 2 diabetes, a condition that affects 25.6 million adults and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
Sifting Liquid Using Nanotubes
Drexel University engineers continue to drive research into the use of carbon nanotubes, straw-like structures that are more than 1,000 times thinner than a single human hair. Their most recent development uses the tiny tubes to separate liquids within a solution.
picture gallery Renovations Begin in Historic A.J. Drexel Picture Gallery
The historic Anthony J. Drexel Picture Gallery is closed through November 2012 for renovations. The gallery, which is located on the third floor of the Main Building, will retain its original design from 1902.
Keith Ayers, N. Taylor Mullen and Matt Lesnak, team Drexel Dragons, at Microsoft Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals Computer Science Design Team Wins Microsoft Imagine Cup World Championship
The group, dubbed team “Drexel Dragons,” won the game design mobile category with a smartphone app that turns learning math concepts into a fun game.
Robert Field Q&A with Robert Field: The Supreme Court Health Care Decision
In the wake of the Supreme Court's heath care decision, DrexelNow asked Dr. Robert Field, a professor at the School of Public Health and the Earle Mack School of Law, to put the ruling in context.
Dr. Michael Lowe What I'm Reading: Dr. Michael Lowe
Dr. Michael Lowe studies the psychobiology of eating and weight regulation, eating disorders and social cognition. He is currently reading Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, by Steven Pinker.
D&M No Regrets: Drexel Students Live the Rock and Roll Dream
Both agree that much of their success and familiarity with the music industry is because of their experiences at Drexel.
Flow battery diagram Engineers Develop New Grid-Level Energy Storage Technology
In the aftermath of the recent United Nations Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, the focus of many industrialized nations is beginning to shift toward planning for a sustainable future. One of the foremost challenges for sustainability is efficient use of renewable energy resources, a goal that hinges on the ability to store this energy when it is produced and disburse it when it is needed.
Anna Petrone Co-op Profile: Anna Petrone
During a time when many college students are struggling to find jobs after graduation, Drexel’s co-op program has allowed students like Anna Petrone to get ahead of the game.
Richardson Dilworth Q&A with Richardson Dilworth: Election Reform
DrexelNow asked Dr. Richardson Dilworth, an associate professor and director for Drexel’s Center for Public Policy, if Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law could impact the presidential election.
Theater Program Director Nick Anselmo works with kids in the Mantua in Action summer program Mantua Middle School Students Try Sports, Playwriting in Summer Program
Mantua in Action, a new summer program serving 178 Mantua middle school students from June 25 – August 10, is bringing together sports and enrichment opportunities to help students develop athletic skills and academic abilities, benefit from peer and adult role models, and demonstrate greater competence and hope for the future.
David goldberg The Higgs Boson and its Role in the Universe
DrexelNow spoke with Dr. David Goldberg, associate professor of physics at Drexel, in the days after the CERN research center in Switzerland announced the possible identification of the Higgs boson. We asked him what it means and why we should care.
Drexel Engineering Receives Obama Singh grant
An educational initiative, jointly funded by India and the United States, has paired Drexel University with the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi to create a resource for assessing the human health risks of microbial contamination.
Public health students in Gambia, West Africa New Certificate in Global Health at School of Public Health
The Drexel University School of Public Health has announced a new global health certificate program starting in September 2012. The certificate program, which is part of the school’s new Global Health Initiative, is designed for current students and working professionals looking to acquire additional skills or to have a greater impact on improving the health of others on a global scale.
nurse sim makeup Medical Makeup Applies Realism to Education
Drexel's John Cornele said he never imagined he’d tout “medical makeup application” as one of his most useful skills.
Photo of the city of Philadelphia Geekadelphia Awards at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
The nominees for the second annual Philadelphia Geek Awards, a black-tie awards ceremony honoring the city’s vibrant geek scene, were announced July 5.
Moose diorama in the Academy's North American Hall Unfrozen in Time - New Sound Installation Brings Historic Dioramas to Life at the Academy of Natural Sciences
A new art installation that opened this week at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University brings the historic dioramas to life with roaring, braying, running, calling, chirping and all manner of lively sounds animals make and use to communicate. The “music to the ears” of visitors as they enter the museum's North American Hall is actual recordings of animals in the wild.
Cyndi Rickards What I’m Reading: Cyndi Rickards
DrexelNow spoke recently with Cyndi Rickards, assistant teaching professor of criminal justice and instructor of Drexel’s course “Prison, Society and You,” to find out what she's reading.
Rob D'Ovidio Q & A with Rob D'Ovidio
DrexelNow recently chatted with Rob D’Ovidio, associate professor of criminal justice and director of Drexel’s program in computer crime and digital forensics.
rocket launch Student Rocket Launch a Success
The project is designed to capture energy from the vibrations of the rocket during launch.
Leatherback sea turtle hatchling on the beach. Credit: Jolene Bertoldi / ZA Photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/za-photos/5406890987/ Rising Heat at the Beach Threatens Leatherback Sea Turtles, Climate Change Models Show
New research suggests that climate change could exacerbate existing threats to critically endangered leatherback turtles and nearly wipe out the population in the eastern Pacific. Deaths of turtle eggs and hatchlings in nests buried at hotter, drier beaches are the leading projected cause of the potential climate-related decline, according to a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change by a research team from Drexel, Princeton University, other institutions and government agencies.