Heard Around Campus – December 2015
Dec 21 2015
Say goodbye to 2015 and say hello to new building upgrades, scholarly initiatives and employee opportunities as Drexel grows both literally and figuratively. Check out this rundown of all the happenings in December.
A Molecular Light Switch?...Just Add Water
Dec 16 2015
A bit of stray moisture during an experiment tipped off scientists about the strange behavior of a complex oxide material they were studying—shedding light on its potential for improving chemical sensors, computing and information storage. In the presence of a water molecule on its surface, the layered material emits ultraviolet light from its interior. A team of researchers from Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California at Berkeley, and Temple University recently published its discovery that it is possible to control UV light production via a chemical reaction that functions like flipping a light switch.
Christmas in the Collection
Dec 16 2015
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University’s biological collection of more than 18 million specimens is full of Christmas and wintry cheer. You just have to know where to look.
A Fitter U Q&A: December 2015
Dec 15 2015
A winter- and holiday-themed Q&A reveals answers to questions about holiday weight gain and post-New Year’s resolutions.
What to Do With That Leftover Eggnog
Dec 14 2015
Drexel Food Lab Manager Ally Zeitz accepted a challenge from DrexelNow to come up with a few recipes that could use up that leftover eggnog taking up space in your refrigerator this holiday season.
Amtrak, Drexel and Partners Host Open House on 30th Street Station District Plan
Dec 10 2015
Amtrak, Drexel and their partners in the Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan will host an open house next week to provide an update on the project and solicit community input. The event is an opportunity for interested parties to review refined ideas, interact with the project team, ask questions and contribute to the process.
Philadelphia Students to Design Skyscraper-Size Video Games
Dec 9 2015
Starting this winter, more than 100 middle-school students from Philadelphia schools and community groups will try their hand at being video game designers, with an opportunity to play their games on one of the biggest screens imaginable: a 29-story building covered with LEDs. Drexel University’s Entrepreneurial Game Studio is working with young game designers-in-the-making to come up with new games for Brandywine Realty Trust’s Cira Centre office building, an edifice that has twice played host to the largest architectural video game display in the world.
Dental Clinic Expansion at Drexel’s Sheller 11th Street Health Center Fills Gap in Oral Health Services
Dec 8 2015
More than 45 percent of adults have not had a dental visit in the past year, and 27 percent of children have received no preventative dental care in the North Philadelphia neighborhood where the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center operates. A new expansion to the health center’s dental clinic will address this gap and provide the community with much-needed access to oral health services.
Top Drexel Stories of 2015
Dec 7 2015
Drexel made a lot of news this year. Check out the best stories about Drexel that came out in 2015.
The Nightmares Before Christmas – And How to Avoid Them
Dec 7 2015
It’s that time of year again! The time when your stress levels go through the roof as you shop, cook, wrap, decorate, travel and party-plan yourself into a tizzy while trying to create the perfect holiday season. Drexel experts have identified some of the top stress-inducing holiday nightmares and offer some helpful tips for avoiding them this year.
Do You Think Before You Breathe? Drexel Survey Finds Broad Misperceptions About Impact of Cleaner Indoor Air
Dec 7 2015
Do you know how easy it is to improve the quality of the air you breathe every day? Or how much indoor air quality affects your health and productivity? If you’re not sure, you’re not alone. According to a recent survey by a group of Drexel University environmental and architectural engineering researchers, there is quite a bit of confusion about the costs and benefits of indoor air quality improvement—even among building owners, designers, managers and tenants.
Travel Advice From the University’s Founder
Dec 4 2015
As you prepare to head home for the holidays, take a look at some words of wisdom that A.J. Drexel, international banker and the founder of Drexel University, gave his nieces before they embarked on a tour of Europe.
Looking East: Drexel Welcomes First Tenants to New Space on 30th-Street Side of Innovation Neighborhood
Dec 2 2015
The Innovation Neighborhood, a real estate corridor stretching west from 30th Street Station, between Market Street and JFK Boulevard, envisioned in Drexel University’s master plan as an area that will be transformed into a sector for burgeoning science, technology and biomedical companies, is welcoming its first tenant at One Drexel Plaza — a new space at the Neighborhood’s eastern entrance. A local real estate development company, called PHL Next Stage Med, is setting up shop in a newly renovated, 20,800-square-foot space owned by the University at 3001 Market St.