Bitty McLean Rankin Scholars Bitty McLean and Guillaume Bougard Combine Reggae With Philly Soul From Sigma Sound Collection
A pair of reggae innovators will visit Drexel University this fall to share their experiences in the music industry with students in Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and to explore the trove of Philadelphia soul music in Drexel’s Sigma Sound Studio Archives. Bitty McLean, a reggae artist with three top-10 hits as a performer and a No. 1 album to his credit as a producer; and Guillaume Bougard, who operates one of the most successful independent reggae record labels in Europe; will serve as Westphal’s 2017 Rankin Scholars, holding a mixing demonstration in the Pearlstein Gallery on Nov. 2 and a series of lectures from Oct. 31 to Nov. 8 while also working on a new album in Drexel’s recording studio.
School of Education PhD student Leona Donaldson A PhD Student Giving Voice to the Voiceless in a Push for Gender Equity
Leona Donaldson left Japan’s patriarchal society only to encounter sexism, racism and discrimination in America. At Drexel, she’s studying gender imbalance in STEM occupations to do her part in pushing back.
Heard Around Campus Heard Around Campus — October
A lot happened on Drexel’s campus this month. Here’s everything that Drexel faculty and staff need to know.
Kurzweg Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Named to Foster Student Achievement
Timothy P. Kurzweg, PhD, professor of electrical and computer engineering, was recently named vice provost for undergraduate education.
Philadelphia City Hall Drexel Seeking New Ways to Tackle Critical Urban Challenges
With the first Urban Innovation Summit and the first trio of Urban Innovation Fellows, Drexel is taking another step toward finding solutions for the problems facing Philadelphia and other cities in the 21st century.
The "Mutant Water Babies" cast at rehearsal. Photo by William McKeown. The Boundary-Pushing, Political-Minded Musical Coming to Campus
“Mutant Water Babies,” a politically and socially relevant show that Drexel’s Co-Op Theater Company devised alongside professionals, opens Nov. 10 in the Mandell Theater after two nights of previews.
A Dragon wearing a witch costume in chemistry lab in 1979. Photo courtesy University Archives. Drexel’s Ghosts of Halloween Past
In honor of Halloween, DrexelNow looks back on the ways that students celebrated the holiday decades and even a century ago.
NICU baby Drexel Researchers Identify 'Master Regulator' Involved in Infant Lung Damage
BPD is a chronic lung disease that affects up to 15,000 premature infants every year in the United States.
Integrated Sciences Building Drexel Joins Regional Effort to Reduce Carbon Emissions by Making Buildings More Energy-Efficient
Through its Institute for Energy and the Environment and breadth of research in environmental science and engineering, Drexel University has a longstanding commitment to sustainability and environmental preservation. The University recently reaffirmed this commitment by joining a regional partnership of property owners, utilities and energy service companies, and community organizations in Philadelphia that have pledged to help reduce energy and water use and transportation emissions by 50 percent by the year 2030.
A moment during last year's Veterans Week at Drexel University. Photo credit Liz Moyer. Drexel to Host Veterans and Military Family Appreciation Week Nov. 5–11
In honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, Drexel University is hosting Veterans and Military Family Appreciation Week to fully honor and thank veterans and military families.
Drexel Hosts a Conversation on Race and Sport
The LeBow College of Business and the Center for Sport Management are bringing sports authorities including ESPN’s Kevin Blackistone to campus Thursday for a discussion about the increasingly prominent role of sports in the national dialogue on race.
A room full of people eating at tables. Philadelphia’s First Pay-What-You-Can Restaurant Celebrates First Year
Closing out its inaugural year of business, the EAT Café is celebrating the beginning to its second year of delicious food and pay-what-you-can service.
Drexel President John Fry Fry Joins Fellow Dragons on List of Most Influential Philadelphians
Drexel President John Fry, Center for Hunger-Free Communities program director Michelle Taylor and Drexel graduate Nicole Cashman all appeared in Philadelphia magazine’s ranking of the 100 most influential people in the city.
Daniela Munoz in Singapore. Drawing International Inspiration From Study Abroad in Singapore
Daniela Muñoz went to Singapore expecting to learn about entrepreneurship and innovation. She came away with a newfound appreciation for the dynamics of an increasingly globalized world.
Students, faculty and staff mingled at the First Forward reception on Sept. 21. Drexel Launches Program for First-Generation College Students
This year, the University started a program geared toward helping first-generation college students connect with each other and faculty and staff who were also the first in their family to graduate from a bachelor’s program.
Wyclef Jean performs an a cappella rap for music industry students. Wyclef Jean Gives Drexel Students Advice — and a Chance to Freestyle
The Grammy-winning hip-hop artist spoke to music industry students about remaining true to themselves and how he’s been able to do it for more than two decades, then opened up the floor for a jam session they won’t soon forget.
Rachel Lopez Employee Spotlight: Rachel Lopez, Transitional Justice Scholar and Investigator
Rachel Lopez, JD, associate professor in the Kline School of Law, went to Guatemala and Spain to research how countries address the human rights violations of predecessor regimes. She came away with findings that could give insight to nations facing similar problems in the future.
Hat, Olivia Turner, c. 1955, USA. Gift of Mr. Frank Stephens. Photo courtesy The Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection. Hidden Treasures: Drexel’s Mysterious Olivia Turner Hats
Two local teenagers researched the identity of a hat designer during an internship this past summer with three of Drexel’s collections on fashion, art and medical history.
Drexel's University Archivist Matthew Lyons. Q&A: Matthew Lyons, Drexel's Newest University Archivist
University Archivist Matthew Lyons talked about what it was like joining Drexel University Libraries right in the middle of the University’s 125th anniversary year — and what he's doing to help preserve the present for Drexel's future.
Faculty Highlights Faculty Highlights: Grants and Awards From Summer 2017
Drexel University faculty were busy this summer, receiving sponsored projects, awards, fellowships and grants during the term.
Briefly noted Briefly Noted: Campus News From Summer 2017
Here’s a recap of all of the news and updates that you might have missed over summer term.
WKDU's Electronic Music Marathon. WKDU Celebrates Marathon Anniversary With 84 Hours of Electronic Music
Drexel’s student-run radio station helped raise nearly $5,000 during an Electronic Music Marathon that featured two remote broadcasts and a whole lot of dancing.
Peter Wiegold at Drexel. Celebrated English Composer Peter Wiegold to Present Lecture at Drexel
Critically acclaimed composer and conductor Peter Wiegold will present a lecture titled “Music Without Boundaries” at the Mandell Theater on Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. as part of a three-day residency at Drexel.
A spilled bottle of multivitamins Multivitamin Use During Pregnancy Linked to Lower Risk of Autism With Intellectual Disability
Taking a multivitamin during pregnancy was linked to a 30 percent decrease in risk of a child developing autism with an intellectual disorder, according to a new Drexel University study.
Rec Center group fitness class. The New and Improved Drexel Rec Center YouTube
The Drexel Recreation Center relaunched its YouTube page to feature videos about its programming and staff.
A woman firefighter putting on her helmet Drexel Study: Women Firefighters Can Improve Safety, But Fire Department Culture Must Change
A new study by Drexel’s Center for Firefighter Injury Research & Safety Trends discerned that gender may be a unique contributor to safety, but hypermasculine fire service culture creates barriers.
An EMT crouching in the dark with a patient outside an ambulance Drexel Receives $1.5 Million FEMA Grant to Study Stress and Violent Injuries in Fire Departments’ EMS Workers
Drexel University’s Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends (FIRST) team will lead a study that was funded for $1.5 million to create a data system and standardized checklist for injuries and stress suffered by EMS workers in fire departments.
The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education ranking for Drexel University. Drexel Gains in Innovative School Rankings That Assess Student Outcomes
Following up on a strong debut last year, Drexel University moved up nine places in the second annual Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings.