Heard Around Campus — May
May 25 2017
A lot happened this month at Drexel — make sure you’re up to date on all of the news and updates that came out of the University.
Merger Bonuses Important to Protecting Shareholder Wealth of Acquired Companies
May 24 2017
Research consistently shows that when target CEOs receive extra benefits during mergers, takeover premiums are lower. According to Eliezer Fich, PhD, professor of finance in Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business, this is often interpreted as a conflict of interest: target CEOs sacrifice premiums for personal gain, facilitating a wealth transfer from target to acquirer shareholders.
Drexel Researchers Help Provide First Glimpse at Organelles In Action
May 24 2017
Researchers at Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development are getting a first glimpse at the inner-workings of live cells thanks to a new microscopy technique pioneered by Nobel laureate Eric Betzig with help from engineers at Drexel University. Their method uses grids of light that activate fluorescent color tags on each type of organelle — the result is a 3-D video that gives researchers their best look at how cells function. It will allow scientists to better understand how cells react to environmental stressors and respond to drug treatment.
Study: Empowerment is Key to Better Performing Hospital Employees
May 23 2017
For many patients, what helps make their hospital stay a much better experience is the help of a good health care provider at their bedside. But what helps these providers perform better? A recent study showed that feeling empowered goes a long way in dynamic settings like those of hospitals and empowerment can be promoted by creating an environment that encourages proactive behaviors directed toward prioritizing patient care.
Q&A With Paul W. Brandt-Rauf, Dean of the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
May 22 2017
The inaugural dean of the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems has only been on campus since February, but he’s already brimming with ideas to grow the school to have a bigger presence on campus and an even better reputation in its field. Paul W. Brandt-Rauf, MD, DrPH, ScD, the newest dean at Drexel, discussed all of these ideas and then some during a conversation with Drexel Quarterly in his new office.
Q&A: Drexel’s Anil Kalhan on Philadelphia DA Candidate Larry Krasner
May 22 2017
Larry Krasner won last week’s Democratic primary for Philadelphia district attorney on the back of a progressive platform and his status as an outsider to the prosecutor’s office. DrexelNow asked Anil Kalhan of the Thomas R. Kline School of Law what to expect if Krasner wins the general election.
Break the Code on Drexel’s Annual Day of Giving
May 22 2017
For the second year in a row, Drexel’s campus will host a day of activities and excitement during the Day of Giving: 24 Hours of Impact event. This year’s race to solve puzzles, unlock codes and break open a time capsule takes place May 24.
Drexel Students Try to Negotiate a Climate Change Accord
May 22 2017
Three-dozen Drexel students role-played as global climate officials during a recent classroom exercise, working together to hash out a plan to address the changing environment. Over the course of nearly three hours of negotiations, they developed an agreement to reduce climate change and learned just how challenging such an endeavor can be.
A Recipe For Concrete That Can Withstand Road Salt Deterioration
May 18 2017
Road salt, used in copious helpings each winter to protect them from ice and preserve safe driving conditions, is slowly degrading the concrete they’re made of. Engineers have known for some time that calcium chloride salt, commonly used as deicer, reacts with the calcium hydroxide in concrete to form a chemical byproduct that causes roadways to crumble. A civil engineer from Drexel University is working on a new recipe for concrete, using cast-off products from furnaces, that can hold its own against the forces of chemical erosion.
New Master’s Programs Carve Their Place in the Market
May 15 2017
Five specialized degree programs are preparing to launch over the next two years with backing from a new Drexel initiative to keep the University’s academic offerings at the cutting edge of higher education.
Drexel University Food Lab Gathers Chefs to Fight Food Waste
May 12 2017
In collaboration with the James Beard Foundation, Drexel’s Food Lab brought together some of the best food minds in the city for a day of training to minimize waste, including a series of student-created dishes incorporating the theme.
Drexel’s Annual Coaches Conference Brings Together the Brightest Minds in Sports and Leadership
May 8 2017
Bringing coaches together in the city of Philadelphia, Drexel University’s Sport Coaching Leadership program, in the School of Education, will host its third Philadelphia Coaches Conference on Tuesday, May 16 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. This year’s conference, organized “for coaches by coaches” will bring together aspiring coaches of all levels in a variety of sports for the purpose of professional development and growth through a series of education sessions led by a diverse group of experienced and knowledgeable coaches.
Study Abroad Tips From Your Drexel Classmates
May 8 2017
What’s the most important tip for students planning to study abroad? It just might be to leave room for spontaneity, based on the advice offered by your Drexel classmates about the ins and outs and ups and downs of studying in a foreign land.
Experts: CEO of GE Justified in Cautioning Against U.S. Protectionism
May 7 2017
General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt recently said “protectionism makes the U.S. look weak not strong,” in a speech recently delivered at Georgetown University, openly disagreeing with many of President Donald Trump’s policies. He continued to say that while the systems of free trade didn’t work well enough for all in the United States, withdrawing from trade deals isn’t the answer.
Drexel's Tyler Roach Is Churning Out Virtual Reality Ideas
May 4 2017
Since he first tried out a virtual reality headset, Tyler Roach has been looking for ways to help people with the latest technological advances. Whether helping doctors practice operating room habits or deaf people communicate without sign language, he’s using virtual reality to make a mark.
Trump’s Tax Reform Proposals: What You Need to Know
May 3 2017
In the wake of President Donald Trump’s proposals to reform the country’s tax code, DrexelNow spoke to two Drexel University professors about what the plan would mean for the economy, middle-class families and American corporations.
New Drexel Writing Festival Held on Campus
May 1 2017
The inaugural Drexel Writing Festival, which replaces the 10-year-old Week of Writing, will take place at Drexel University to host 16 events in just three days.