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Alex McKechnie

Alex McKechnie was a senior news officer at Drexel from April 2011 to March 2016.

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A piece from late Philadelphia artist Bill Walton's 'Quarter Turn Series,' which belongs to fellow artist Jane Irish.

Drexel Exhibits Works by Philadelphia Artist Bill Walton

“Bill Walton, artist to artist” will be on display in the URBN Center Annex’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert St.) of the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design from Tuesday, Oct. 7 to Friday, Dec. 5. The gallery is free and open to the public Tuesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Graduate student Nancy Volpe Berlinger collaborated with a scientist to create colorful, shape-shifting garments that reflect the ever-changing nature of the immune system.

Research on the Runway: Drexel Fashion Designers Team Up with Scientists for Descience Competition

Eight students and alumni from Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design are among 61 fashion designers who were chosen to participate in the first-ever Descience Fashion Competition. The national competition matches designers with scientists to create garments that reflect scientific advances. The competition will culminate with a fashion show featuring the collaborative creations at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Monday, Sept. 29.

Installation artist Jeremy Holmes' "Convergence" will serve as the setting for a performance by Leah Stein Dance Company, as part of the Philadelphia FringeArts Festival.

Roller Coaster-Like Sculpture at Drexel Inspires Leah Stein Dance Company’s Fringe Festival Performance

A massive ribbon-like wood sculpture by installation artist Jeremy Holmes, currently on display in Drexel University’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery of the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, will serve as the setting for “Splice,” a new work by Leah Stein Dance Company from Sept. 18- 21, as part of the Fringe Festival presented by FringeArts. 
"Keys to the Collection" launches a game environment of the Barnes' beloved, world-renowned art collection

Jump Inside Virtual Paintings at the Barnes and Explore with a New App Created by Drexel

Drexel University’s School of Education created a new, interactive mobile application for young visitors of the Barnes Foundation. Using 3-D immersive graphics, the touch-screen app, entitled “Keys to the Collection,” launches a game environment of the Barnes’ beloved, world-renowned art collection. The app turns a visit to the Barnes into a game or can be used to explore the Barnes virtually from anywhere.
Dana Bloom, an undergraduate culinary arts major in Drexel's Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, tests recipes in the Drexel Food Lab.

Drexel Food Lab Concocts Recipes to Prevent Waste at Local Homeless Shelter, Supermarkets and More

The Drexel Food Lab is a student-run group, created in January 2014 in Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, that aims to solve real-world problems through developing recipes and food products.
The Lancaster Ave. Jazz and Arts Festival is hosted annually by the People’s Emergency Center (PEC), a leading civic organization in the area.

Why Aren’t Artists Transforming Mantua and Powelton the Way They Did Fishtown or Northern Liberties?

A surprisingly high concentration of established artists live in the Mantua, Powelton Village and West Powelton neighborhoods of West Philadelphia, according to a new study by a team of faculty and students from Drexel University. So why aren’t artists transforming those neighborhoods the way they did Fishtown or Northern Liberties? A number of reasons, according to the report, which outlines the challenges faced by artists and organizations in the area, including low public investment, the lack of a support network, a need for stronger connections between artists and the community and a lack of centralized communications efforts. The report also outlines proposed action steps to address these challenges.
Local students attend PECO-Drexel STEM Camp

Local Middle Schoolers Build a Bridge, Blow up a Watermelon and More at PECO-Drexel STEM Camp

Nearly 25 local rising fifth graders interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) built a bridge, blew up a watermelon and made ice cream, as part of a Summer STEM Camp from July 28 – August 1, the third and final week of the camp this summer. The camp is hosted by Drexel University's School of Education and funded by a grant from PECO.
Drexel hospitality management student Matt Sandrowski shows a classmate how to make his mother’s carrot cake recipe

Drexel Students and Neighborhood Residents Work Side-by-Side to Keep Local Culinary Traditions Alive

A new class, called “Local Culinary Traditions,” in Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management aims to keep family food traditions – and the stories behind them – alive. Funded by a $50,000 grant from GlaxoSmithKline, the class is intended to document culinary traditions in the West Philadelphia community and to teach people how to make those homemade dishes healthier.

Researchers found that being unemployed increases your risk of death, but recessions decrease it.

How Is It Possible that Joblessness Could Kill You, But Recessions Could Be Good For Your Health?

While previous studies of individuals have shown that employees who lose their jobs have a higher mortality rate, more comprehensive studies have shown, unexpectedly, that population mortality actually declines as unemployment rates increase. Researchers from Drexel University and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor set out to better understand these seemingly contradictory findings.
Abstract wood sculpture by Jeremy Holmes

A Swirling, Room-Filling Art Installation You Can Walk Through

Artist Jeremy Holmes makes massive sculptures made of ribbon-like bent wood. His largest installation yet will be on display in Drexel's Leonard Pearlstein Gallery starting in August.

SugarHouse Casino

Philadelphia's SugarHouse Casino Hasn't Affected Local Crime, Researchers Find

Philadelphia’s SugarHouse Casino opened its doors in September 2010 after years of protests from community members who feared that the casino would lead to an increase in neighborhood crime. But a new study by researchers at Drexel University and Temple University reveals that these concerns were unfounded.

Drexel Sociologist’s New Book Explores the Double-Edged Sword of “The Age of Aluminum”

From Coca-Cola cans to Apollo 11 to the Empire State Building, aluminum can be found almost anywhere you look. But are there unseen costs associated with this ubiquitous metal? In a new book, Drexel University’s Mimi Sheller, PhD, explores how aluminum enabled a high-speed, gravity-defying American modernity even as other parts of the world paid the price in environmental damage and political turmoil.