The Science of Eating Disorders
Feb 25 2016
For National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, professors Adrienne Juarascio and Jessica Barson separate fact from fiction and weigh in on the psychological and physiological causes of eating disorders.
Drexel Gallery Transforms into Motion Responsive Pop-Up Skateboard Park
Feb 25 2016
There might not be any more skateboarding at LOVE Park, but skaters will now be welcome at the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert St.) in Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, thanks to a new exhibition opening this spring. Philly Radness: An Interactive Pop-Up Skatepark, a site-specific pop-up skate park installation featuring an immersive, sound and motion responsive projection, will transform the Gallery into a skateboarding oasis from April 5 – May 22.
Heard Around Campus — February 2016
Feb 23 2016
February has been filled with ice, snow and slate-gray skies. It can be easy to forget that spring is just around the corner. Here are some campus developments that will help put you in a green state of mind.
Crime is Down at Drexel, Thanks to a Team Effort
Feb 23 2016
Vice President of Public Safety Eileen Behr is reluctant to take credit for the drop in crime statistics. According to her, lower crime is due to the entire Drexel community working together.
Survivors of Sexual Abuse Find Support In Online 'Anonymity'
Feb 22 2016
A study led by Drexel University researchers suggests that survivors of sexual abuse who seek guidance and support in online forums may be doing so because they find comfort in the relative anonymity the forums provide, which allows them to speak candidly about their experience and be direct in asking for help.
Video Game Therapy — Drexel Professors Design Games For Cerebral Palsy Patients
Feb 22 2016
While video games have often been saddled with the reputation of promoting a sedentary lifestyle, a group of Drexel University professors see the digital diversions as a way of helping patients with cerebral palsy to keep on moving. The team, with expertise ranging from game design to movement science, physical therapy and biomedical engineering, recently formed a company called enAble Games, with the goal of making web-based active video games that can be used as part of therapy or rehabilitation exercise sessions.
Musical Performances, Readings and Film Screenings to Take Place Against Backdrop of Sculpture Show
Feb 18 2016
The Leonard Pearlstein Gallery in the URBN Annex (3401 Filbert St.) of Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design has become a hub for exhibitions and arts-related events of all kinds. This winter is no exception, with events ranging from musical and dance performances to readings and film screenings – most of which are free and open to the public – alongside the current exhibition of works by Jesse Krimes, the Philadelphia artist’s first solo show since returning from prison, which is on display until March 13.
Drexel Food Lab Students Compete to Create Winning Dish Using New Dried Vegetable Blend to Combat Food Waste
Feb 17 2016
Students from the Drexel Food Lab in Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management will be serving up a series of unique dishes before a panel of judges this Friday to see which recipe — all incorporating a new flour created from vegetable by-product — has the most potential appeal to consumers. The contest, sponsored by corporate partner Baldor Specialty Foods, a leading northeast produce distributor, was devised as part of a larger company initiative to combat industry-wide food waste, a program they call SparCs (“scraps” spelled backwards).
Research Reveals Carbon Films Can Give Microchips Energy Storage Capability
Feb 11 2016
After more than half a decade of speculation, fabrication, modeling and testing, an international team of researchers led by Drexel University’s Yury Gogotsi, PhD, and Patrice Simon, PhD, of Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, France, have confirmed that their process for making carbon films and micro-supercapacitors will allow microchips and their power sources to become one and the same.
Summit on College Athletes’ Rights Hosted by Drexel
Feb 11 2016
In an effort to examine more closely the rights of college athletes and whether those rights are protected, Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Managementwill host “College Athletes’ Rights & Empowerment Conference: Visioning A New Paradigm of College Sport (CARE)” from March 24 – 26 at the National Constitution Center and Drexel University
A Fitter U Q&A: February 2016
Feb 10 2016
Joe Giandonato, Drexel's manager of health promotion and resident fitness expert, is back again fielding questions from the Drexel community. This month, he reveals how yoga can help you chase off the winter blues.
Taser Shock Disrupts Brain Function, Has Implications for Police Interrogations
Feb 5 2016
New research from a first-of-its-kind human study by Drexel University and Arizona State University reveals that the burst of electricity from a stun gun can impair a person’s ability to remember and process information. In a randomized control trial, participants were subjected to Taser shocks and tested for cognitive impairment. Some showed short-term declines in cognitive functioning comparable to dementia, raising serious questions about the ability of police suspects to understand their rights at the point of arrest.
Removing Race from Human Genetic Research
Feb 4 2016
When it comes to studying human genetic diversity, a group of scientists, including Drexel’s Michael Yudell, feel that the race concept has no place in human genetics.
Employee Spotlight: Scott Knowles & Richardson Dilworth
Feb 4 2016
Professors Scott Knowles and Richardson Dilworth are reliving Drexel’s entire 125 years of existence in a new book and online oral history that will be unveiled later this year, to coincide with the anniversary of Drexel’s founding in 1891.
The Future of Medicine Could Be Found In This Tiny Crystal Ball
Feb 3 2016
A Drexel University materials scientist has discovered a way to grow a crystal ball in a lab. Not the kind that soothsayers use to predict the future, but a microscopic version that could be used to encapsulate medication in a way that would allow it to deliver its curative payload more effectively inside the body.
Drexel Criminology Professor to Evaluate SEPTA Body Camera Initiative
Feb 2 2016
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) recently announced that its transit police officers have been equipped with body cameras. The initiative, which is intended to strengthen relationships with the public and provide valuable evidence for investigations, will be evaluated by Jordan Hyatt, JD, PhD, an assistant professor in Drexel University’s Department of Criminology and Justice Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.