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Science & Technology

A sensor in an orange box buried in the vast Antarctica snow with a solar sensor on a post next to it

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.
Headshot of Julia Stoyanovich outside of Drexel's Paul Peck Alumni Center.

N.Y. Mayor Taps Drexel Professor For First Algorithm Quality-Control Task Force

Algorithms aren’t just deciding the content of social media feeds and online advertising anymore. To guard against bias creep and streamline decisions about the allocation of resources, many urban areas across the country are turning to these automated decision systems. But how do we ensure that the algorithms are the impartial arbiters we expect them to be? Drexel University professor Julia Stoyanovich is part of the first group in the nation helping to answer this question in the biggest urban area in the world. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tapped Stoyanovich to serve on the city’s Automated Decision Systems Task Force, a team charged with creating a process for reviewing algorithms through the lens of fairness, equity and accountability.

Jacob Owens standing and holding Qian Qian

'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."
A person looking at a brain image on a monitor while someone else is helped into an MRI in the background.

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.
Nick Barber

Drexel Student Finds Perfect Fit for Volcano Research Through Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Nicholas Barber, a geoscience student from the College of Arts and Sciences, has become the second Drexel student to be awarded the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, making his PhD program at the University of Cambridge cost-free.
Kara Spiller, PhD, an assistant professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, has received a prestigious NSF CAREER award.

Improving Biomaterials, Repairing Injuries

Kara Spiller, PhD, an assistant professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems at Drexel University, has received a National Science Foundation's (NSF) Early Career (CAREER) award to develop a new technology that will better control the modification of biomaterials.
A pilot study subject wears a wireless fNIRS headband while researchers on the ground measure his cognitive workload. (Credit: ISAE-SUPAERO)

Reading the Minds of Pilots on the Fly

New research from Drexel biomedical engineers paves the way to improve the safety and efficiency of aircraft-pilot interactions.
snake skin

What Can Snakes Teach Us About Engineering Friction?

If you want to know how to make a sneaker with better traction in the rain, just ask a snake. That’s the theory driving the research of

Hisham Abdel-Aal, PhD, an associate teaching professor in Drexel University’s College of Engineering who is studying snake skin to help engineers improve the design of textured surfaces, such as engine cylinder liners, prosthetic joints — and yes, maybe even footwear.

Ellen Garven observing for BMES-596

In the Flesh: Drexel Biomedical Engineering Students Gain Surgical Insight in Clinical Settings

Students in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems who take BMES-596 are invited to observe on surgical floors at Hahnemann University Hospital and flex their imaginative muscles through final projects.



MXene soft assembly

A Soft Solution to the Hard Problem of Energy Storage

Recently published research from Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania, shows a new technique for manipulating two-dimensional materials that allows them to be shaped into films of a practically usable thickness, while maintaining the properties that make them exceptional candidates for use in supercapacitor electrodes. 

 
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Drexel Teacher Residents Will Earn a Salary While Working Towards Certification in Philadelphia District Schools

Drexel University’s School of Education is partnering with the School District of Philadelphia to support Drexel’s Philadelphia Teacher Residency program, which will provide salaries, benefits and scholarships to aspiring STEM teachers.

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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.