James Buehler, MD Drexel Professor James W. Buehler Appointed City of Philadelphia Health Commissioner
In an announcement of multiple changes in his senior administration, Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter has appointed James Buehler, MD, a professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy in the Drexel University School of Public Health, as the city’s new health commissioner.
Image of the Drexel Department of Public Safety Communications Center  Accreditation Assessors to Visit Drexel
A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will visit Drexel from July 13 to July 16, to evaluate all aspects of the Drexel University Public Safety Communications Center’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services.
Google search trends for the term "autism" from 2010 through 2014, showing peaks in searches in April of each year. Awareness Month Spurs Web Searches for Autism
Autism Awareness Month each April brings blue lights and blue ribbons out to shine in many communities – but does it actually lead to increased autism awareness? According to a new analysis of web search trends by researchers at Drexel University, it does appear to drive an increase in Google searches for autism – by a third over searches in March in recent years.
View of a highway from the driver's seat First Study Asks Autistic Adults about Driving Experiences
In the first pilot study asking adults on the autism spectrum about their experiences with driving, researchers at Drexel University found significant differences in self-reported driving behaviors and perceptions of driving ability in comparison to non-autistic adults.
ic@3401 New Company Joins Innovation Center @3401
What happens when you mix a mid-size tech company, high-tech startup companies and an accelerator program like DreamIt Ventures? Organizers of the new Innovation Center @3401 (ic@3401) are betting that assembling the key elements of the entrepreneurial ecosystem on a small scale in one location will help boost innovation, collaboration and business creation in Philadelphia.
Photo of Stanley Silverman and Donna De Carolis Silverman Donates $2 Million for Close School Dean Professorship
Two-time Drexel alumnus Stanley W. Silverman '69, '74 and his wife, Jackie, have donated $2 million to endow The Silverman Family Professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership. The professorship will be held by Donna De Carolis, founding dean of Drexel University’s Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship.
Skyscraper Tetris Cira Tetris Game Sets Guinness World Record
Drexels Frank Lee has officially outdone himself. The man behind this spring’s giant game of "Tetris" — played on the north and south sides of Brandywine Realty Trust’s Cira Centre skyscraper — replaced his own name in the Guinness World Records ledger as the creator of the world’s “largest architectural videogame display.”
Pinned insects Bugs and Birds Swarming Academy This Summer
Birds and bugs — what would summer be without them? — will be featured in two exhibits, a favorite festival and a class for adults this summer at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
Drexel Sociologist’s New Book Explores the Double-Edged Sword of “The Age of Aluminum”
From Coca-Cola cans to Apollo 11 to the Empire State Building, aluminum can be found almost anywhere you look. But are there unseen costs associated with this ubiquitous metal? In a new book, Drexel University’s Mimi Sheller, PhD, explores how aluminum enabled a high-speed, gravity-defying American modernity even as other parts of the world paid the price in environmental damage and political turmoil.
A new study from Drexel University found that the majority of young people are not aware of the legal ramifications of underage sexting Majority of Minors Engage in Sexting, Unaware of Harsh Legal Consequences
Sexting among youth is more prevalent than previously thought, according to a new study from Drexel University that was based on a survey of undergraduate students at a large northeastern university. More than 50 percent of those surveyed reported that they had exchanged sexually explicit text messages, with or without photographic images, as minors.
Red mud How Aluminum Changed the World, for Good and Bad: A Q&A With Drexel Prof Mimi Sheller
Aluminum has helped change the world in ways previously unimaginable. But the quest for more aluminum has also had damaging ripple effects on the environment and indigenous populations around the world.
Dyeing a dress Clothing Designs Based on Cancer Cells? Competition Combines Fashion, Science
Arielle Gogh never expected to find inspiration in the color of cancer tumor cells. But as a competitor in the first-ever Descience national fashion competition, the fashion design student uses scientific research to create a runway-ready outfit that promotes scientific discovery and fashion inspiration.
Image of the exterior of the University City High School Drexel and Wexford Purchase University City High School Site
Drexel University City Development, LLC, the joint venture between Drexel and Wexford Science & Technology, LLC, officially closed June 16 on the purchase of a 14-acre site from the School District of Philadelphia that formerly housed the University City High School, the Charles Drew Elementary School and The Walnut Center.
Dana and David Dornsife together with Drexel representatives and the Lindy family cut the ribbon. Dornsife Center Grand Opening
Drexel University celebrated the grand opening of the Dana and David Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships on Thursday, June 12, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the dedication of the Lindy House and tours of the site for the community.
Main Building What is Drexel Doing to Address Sexual Assault? A Q&A For Faculty and Staff
Last month, the U.S. Department of Education released a list of 55 colleges and universities under investigation for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases. The schools on the list ranged from Ivy League institutions to state universities to small liberal arts colleges. Drexel was not on the list, but administrators aren’t taking anything for granted.
Main Building What is Drexel Doing to Address Sexual Assault? A Q&A for Students
Last month, the U.S. Department of Education released a list of 55 colleges and universities under investigation for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases. The schools on the list ranged from Ivy League institutions to state universities to small liberal arts colleges. Drexel was not on the list, but administrators aren’t taking anything for granted.
Students Advocating Against Slavery New Student Group, Certificate Program Both Tackle Issue of Human Trafficking
In Guatemala the summer after her freshman year at Drexel, Kaelee Shepherd sat in the passenger seat of a car as it stopped at a red light. A young girl, maybe 7 or 8, walked up to her window.
Soccer stadium Is the World Cup a Blessing or a Curse? A Q&A With Eric Zillmer
As the 2014 World Cup approaches, all eyes are on Brazil. The country has been plagued by claims that it is unprepared to host the massive sporting event and protests over the billions of dollars spent on construction costs.
Rendering of the expanded Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center (new wing on left) Drexel Breaks Ground to Expand 11th Street Health Center in North Philadelphia
Drexel has broken ground for a major expansion of its nurse-managed health center in North Philadelphia. Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke was on hand for the ceremonial event with Drexel President John A. Fry, benefactors Stephen and Sandra Sheller and others.
In the Drexel team's experiments, flies died after an average of 5.8 days when consuming a diet of the sweetener erythritol. Drexel Scientists Find Common Sweetener is a Safe Insecticide
In a study that began as a sixth-grade science fair project, researchers at Drexel University have found that a popular non-nutritive sweetener, erythritol, may be an effective and human-safe insecticide. Erythritol, the main component of the sweetener Truvia®, was toxic to fruit flies in the Drexel team’s study.
Josa Hanzlik International Fellowship Proves Invaluable for One Graduate Student
Josa Hanzlik spends her days looking at images of human tibia bones, or reading articles about bone ingrowth and orthopedic implants. Those are things she could do in Philadelphia. But instead she's doing them in the Netherlands, and she says she's better for it.
Club logo Student Organization Spotlight: Horror Movie Discussion Group
Whatever you do, don’t tell Jared Ely, the president and founder of Drexel’s Horror Movie Discussion Group, that you hate horror movies. He's heard it before.
Faculty promoted to full professor Eight Drexel Faculty Earn Promotions to Full Professor
Eight Drexel faculty members will be promoted to full professor effective Sept. 1. And with expertise ranging from architecture to photography, research covering everything from overeating to solar energy and international connections stretching to India, Japan, Ireland and beyond, they’re a diverse group.
Autism rates were about double in children born to mothers who took an SSRI during pregnancy, compared to children of mothers who didn't -- but overall rates were extremely low in both groups. In Utero Exposure to Antidepressants May Influence Autism Risk
A new study from researchers at Drexel University adds evidence that using common antidepressant medications during pregnancy may contribute to a higher risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children, although this risk is still very small.