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Frank Otto

News officer

Frank Otto was a staff writer and later a news officer at Drexel from 2014-2018.

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215.571.4244

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Long Thought Silent Because of Ice, Study Shows East Antarctica Seismically Active

Half of Antarctica has long thought to be seismically dormant, but a Drexel University researcher tripled the number of recorded earthquakes by monitoring for just one year.
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Eagles Autism Challenge Raised $2.5 Million to Benefit Autism Research at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute

The Philadelphia Eagles' inaugural ride, run and walk raised $2.5 million for autism research that will be done by a trio of beneficiaries that includes the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute.
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Trauma from Parents' Youth Linked to Poorer Health, Asthma in Their Own Children

A Drexel University study found that for each type of adverse childhood experience a parent went through, their children had 19 percent higher odds of poorer health.
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'Pandas' IMAX Movie Follows the First Artificially Bred Panda into the Wild - And Features Plenty of Drexel Connections

From the professor who dreamed up the panda release program to the alums who run it, Dragons play a huge role in "Pandas."
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New Parts of the Brain Become Active After Students Learn Physics - Study

A new study out of Drexel University showed that, when confronted with physics problems, new parts of a student's brain are utilized after receiving instruction in the topic.
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More Frequent Checks Control MRSA in Newborns, But Can Hospitals Afford Them?

Checking more often on newborns in the NICU provided positive results for preventing MRSA transmission, but hospitals must balance the high costs, a new study found.
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In Photos: A Wet But Inspiring Eagles Autism Challenge

Despite heavy downpours at points during the morning, thousands turned up for the Eagles Autism Challenge to support research at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute.
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Restoring Epigenetic Balance Reinstates Memory in Flies With Alzheimer's Disease Symptoms

A study from Drexel University showed that restoring a balance between two epigenetic regulator enzymes restored learning and memory function in flies that displayed symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.
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25 Years of Fossil Collecting Yields Clearest Picture Yet of Extinct 12-Foot Aquatic Predator

More than two decades of exploration at a Pennsylvania fossil site have given Academy of Natural Sciences paleontologists their best idea of how a giant, prehistoric predator would have looked and behaved.
Sharrelle Barber with activist Marielle Franco.

Honoring Assassinated Brazilian Politician, Drexel Professor To Speak on the Global Fight for Black Lives

Drexel's Sharrelle Barber met Brazilian politician and activist Marielle Franco the night she was assassinated. Now, Barber's hoping to inspire others in Franco's name.
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Malaria-Carrying Parasites Spread More When They Can Jump Into Multiple Birds - Study

A study out of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University found that blood parasites that cause malaria spread more widely if they can use many different kinds of birds as hosts. But even those "generalist" parasites are limited.
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Bias and Discrimination Keep Women With Higher Body Weights Away from the Doctor- Drexel Study

The stigma of weight and internalized feelings relating to it were found in a Drexel University study to be associated with healthcare avoidance in women with higher body weights.