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Science & Technology

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Beating the Heat — Safely and Sustainably — During the Pandemic

When public pools and many cooling centers closed this summer due to COVID-19, Drexel University researchers teamed up with the William Penn foundation and members of the Hunting Park community to come up with strategies to safely and sustainably beat the heat. 
Jazmean Williams, a 2020 graduate with a BS in biomedical engineering, in the lab during her six-month co-op in Wellington, New Zealand funded partially by Drexel-LSAMP.

Changing STEM Representation Trends Through the Philadelphia AMP Alliance

The Greater Philadelphia Region Alliance for Minority Participation (Philadelphia AMP) was started in 1994 through National Science Foundation funding and a Drexel alum’s efforts. As host institution for the alliance for over 20 years, Drexel continues to support Dragons and spearhead regional STEM representation change through programming, funding, opportunities and mentorship.

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Drexel Professor Wants to Help Us All Have a Big Talk

There’s a lot to talk about right now and social distancing hasn’t made it easy to get it all out. Drexel University Professor Frank Lee, PhD, who is known for visually appealing and nostalgic architectural art installations, is hoping to provide a forum for conversation with some assistance from a seven-story building in Philadelphia.

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Free-Roaming Dogs Prevent Giant Pandas from Thriving in the Wild

Before China declared giant pandas a protected species in 1962 – hunters in pursuit of the black and white bear used dogs to track them. Since then measures have been put in place to protect the vulnerable pandas, but more than half a century later, dogs are still jeopardizing their safety, according to a group of researchers that included Drexel’s James Spotila, PhD.

The panelists from the June 23 discussion.

#COVIDCalls and the Academy of Natural Sciences

Earlier this summer, Department of History head and professor Scott Knowles, PhD, discussed COVID-19 with experts from the Academy of Natural Sciences as the pandemic relates to biodiversity, water quality, environmental justice and maintaining museums and their collections.
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Drexel to Host Nation's First International Conference on MXene Research

Drexel University will host more than 2,000 researchers from around the world for a virtual conference, Aug. 3-7, to share their work and learn about the latest discoveries related to MXene, an extraordinarily versatile family of two-dimensional materials first discovered and studied at Drexel in 2011. Held on the ninth anniversary of their discovery, the MXene Conference 2020 is the fourth international gathering focused exclusively on these materials and the first to be held in the United States.
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Drexel and KIST Researchers Discover a New MXene Material's Extraordinary Ability to Block Electromagnetic Interference

As we welcome wireless technology into more areas of life, the additional electronic bustle is making for an electromagnetically noisy neighborhood. In hopes of limiting the extra traffic, researchers at Drexel University have been testing two-dimensional materials known for their interference-blocking abilities. Their latest discovery, reported in the journal Science, is of the exceptional shielding ability of a new two-dimensional material that can absorb electromagnetic interference rather than just deflecting back into the fray.

A photographic sample of the research conducted by Drexel faculty and professional staff through the Rapid Response Research and Development Fund.

Drexel Takes Top Spot on National Rankings for Innovation

A new report from the George W. Bush Institute and the innovation consulting firm Opus Faveo Innovation Development named Drexel the most innovative mid-sized research university in the country.
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Entrepreneurial Game Studio to Launch SIM-PHL, an Urban Planning Simulator Game Powered by Philadelphia’s Open Data

In hopes of helping more people understand the political, economic and sociological forces that shape urban communities, game designers from Drexel University are turning Philadelphia’s open data into a SimCity-style urban planning game. With support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Open Data initiative, Drexel’s game, called Simulated Interactive Management of the City of Philadelphia (SIM-PHL), will be set in the city’s Mantua neighborhood, an area that is part of a national initiative to support and restore marginalized communities.
COVID-19 has made virtual presentations the new norm. Two faculty members and two MD/PhD students who recently defended their thesis share tips on how to do this successfully, and why it might even be preferable to an in-person event.

A Guide for Graduate Dragons on Acing Virtual Presentations and Defenses

COVID-19 has made virtual presentations the new norm. Two faculty members and two MD/PhD students who recently defended their thesis share tips on how to do this successfully, and why it might even be preferable to an in-person event.
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Pausing Nature's Crystal Symmetry to Advance Targeted Drug Therapy

From snowflakes to quartz, nature’s crystalline structures form with a reliable, systemic symmetry. Researchers at Drexel University, who study the formation of crystalline materials, have shown that it’s now possible to control how crystals grow – including interrupting the symmetrical growth of flat crystals and inducing them to form hollow crystal spheres. The discovery is part of a broader design effort focused on the encapsulation of medicine for targeted drug treatments.

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Created for Anthrax Attacks, Drexel Researchers' Cold Plasma Air Filter Is Now Being Prepped to Face COVID-19

Researchers at Drexel University’s C. & J. Nyheim Plasma Institute are modifying an air sterilization system they created to combat the threat of anthrax attacks post-9-11 in hopes it can now help to ward off COVID-19.

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Genetic Tracing ‘Barcode’ Is Rapidly Revealing COVID-19’s Journey and Evolution

Drexel University researchers have reported a method to quickly identify and label mutated versions of the virus that causes COVID-19. Their preliminary analysis, using information from a global database of genetic information gleaned from coronavirus testing, suggests that there are at least six to 10 slightly different versions of the virus infecting people in America, some of which are either the same as, or have subsequently evolved from, strains directly from Asia, while others are the same as those found in Europe.