Heard Around Campus – August
Aug 29 2016
In this last Heard Around Campus before the start of the new academic year, take a moment to reflect on all that has been accomplished this past year and what will be celebrated in the future.
Who Was A.J. Drexel?
Aug 24 2016
Though his name can be found everywhere on campus, there is still a lot to be learned about Drexel University founder Anthony J. Drexel.
Chemicals Banned Decades Ago Linked to Increased Autism Risk Today
Aug 23 2016
A group of man-made chemicals used in some pesticides and insulating materials banned in the 1970s continues to linger in the United States, and new research by a Drexel University professor and colleagues found that high levels of exposure to some of them during pregnancy may increase the likelihood of a child being diagnosed with autism by roughly 80 percent.
Hidden Treasures: Art of the Abyss
Aug 16 2016
Over a century ago, scientists at the Academy of Natural Sciences were entranced and intrigued by the lifelike beauty of a collection of glass models of marine life created by German artisans and father-and-son team Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka, and made sure the delicate creations quickly became a part of the Academy’s collection.
Find any Museum in America with New MuseumStat Website and App
Aug 16 2016
There are over 30,000 museums across the United States – and now you can learn about each one, with the online resource MuseumStat, a powerful tool to better understand museums and their role in our communities. For those with wanderlust and a zeal for travel, the associated iOS app, MuseumFinder, will reveal what museums may be just around the corner through its location-based GPS search.
Q&A With Senior Vice Provost for Research Aleister Saunders
Aug 11 2016
University research typically is a fairly insular endeavor, played out at the department level with little cross-pollination among the various disciplines. Senior Vice Provost for Research Aleister Saunders is trying to widen that view. He has been advocating a university-wide approach to research, looking for those areas where Drexel can support and encourage investigations that cut across departments and disciplines.
Making a Solar Energy Conversion Breakthrough With Help From a Ferroelectrics Pioneer
Aug 8 2016
Designers of solar cells may soon be setting their sights higher, as a discovery by a team of researchers has revealed a class of materials that could be better at converting sunlight into energy than those currently being used in solar arrays. Their research shows how a material can be used to extract power from a small portion of the sunlight spectrum with a conversion efficiency that is above its theoretical maximum — a value called the Shockley-Queisser limit. This finding, which could lead to more power-efficient solar cells, was seeded in a near-half-century old discovery by Russian physicist Vladimir M. Fridkin, PhD, a visiting professor of physics at Drexel University, who is also known as one of the innovators behind the photocopier.
Employee Spotlight: Kevin J. McNamara
Aug 5 2016
This chief development officer recently published a book about an obscure yet epic piece of history about WWI and the Russian Revolution — with an assist from some Drexel Dragons.
The Drexel Institute That Almost Was
Aug 5 2016
Before Anthony “Tony” J. Drexel founded the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry, he almost started an all-women’s industrial institute.
Drexel Names Paul W. Brandt-Rauf Dean of School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
Aug 3 2016
Drexel University has named Paul W. Brandt-Rauf, MD, DrPH,ScD, as dean of the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems. Brandt-Rauf — one of the nation’s leading occupational and environmental medicine scholars — joins Drexel from the University of Illinois in Chicago, where he served as dean of the School of Public Health since 2008. He will begin his tenure February 1, 2017.
Drexel Sends First Dragon to Kazakhstan
Aug 3 2016
Caitlin Walczyk will be the first Drexel student to receive a scholarship or fellowship to study in Kazakhstan when she spends a year studying Russian in the country as a Boren Awards honoree.