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Drexel's Polymer Pill Proves it Can Deliver

Selecting the right packaging to get precious cargo from point A to point B can be a daunting task at the post office. For some time, scientists have wrestled with a similar set of questions when packaging medicine for delivery in the bloodstream: How much packing will keep it safe? Is it the right packing material? Is it too big? Is it too heavy? Researchers from Drexel University have developed a new type of container that seems to be the perfect fit for making the delivery.
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Drexel Introduces Repository of Virtual Reality Content to Enhance Online Education

New digital enhancements will take online education to new and far more expansive heights at Drexel University. VRtifacts+, a first of its kind repository, will empower faculty and instructional designers to seamlessly incorporate 250,000 augmented, virtual and mixed reality learning objects across a wealth of disciplines into the University’s online coursework.

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Report: Fossil Fuel Industries - The Goliath of Climate-Related Lobbying Efforts, Spent Billions

A new study by Drexel environmental sociologist Robert J. Brulle, PhDshows that between 2000 and 2016, lobbyists spent more than two billion dollars on influencing relevant legislation in the US Congress. As the first peer-reviewed, comprehensive analysis ever conducted of climate lobbying data, Brulle’s research confirms the spending of environmental groups and the renewable energy sector was eclipsed by the spending of the electrical utilities, fossil fuel, and transportation sectors.

Drexel STEM Students Will Earn Teacher Certification Through New $1.2 Million Grant

More Drexel University undergraduate students will have the opportunity to earn teacher certification in science and mathematics thanks to the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Scholarship program, which recently awarded Drexel’s School of Education a 5-year, $1.2 million grant. The new grant will allow 24 Drexel students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a major related to science, technology, engineering or mathematics to earn pre-service teacher certification in middle grades (4-8) science or mathematics through Drexel’s DragonsTeach Middle Years program.

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You Have One Job: Compared to Multi-Tasking Workers, Soldier Ant Brains Small

A Drexel University study found that ant colonies evolved to spend less energy on developing the brains of soldier ants, who have relatively simple jobs, compared to multi-tasking workers.
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Drexel Astrophysicist Proves the Origin of Neutrinos

With nine-and-a-half years of data and a South Pole observatory, a Drexel professor and her colleagues has shown the origin of at least some of the high-energy particles known as "neutrinos."
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Coulter-Drexel Translational Research Program Continues on Path to Succeed Through 2021

The University’s Coulter-Drexel Translational Research Partnership Program recently met the metrics to continue its innovative programming for another three years.
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Confessions of a Career-Switcher

Adena Ellner, a recent graduate from the master of science in information systems and certificate in healthcare informatics programs, came to Drexel after leaving a career in the financial services industry. In a Q&A with DrexelNow, she relays what made her Drexel experience so rewarding, as well as her advice for fellow students.

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A Strength Supplement For Aerospace Materials

In an exciting development for the field of aerospace engineering, the lightweight materials of airplanes and rockets might soon be getting stronger. A new method for making ceramic materials — which are used in propellers and heat shields — has enabled the introduction of chemical compounds to bolster their strength and could also imbue them with other useful properties. The discovery was recently reported by researchers at Drexel University and Penn State University.

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Study Challenges Approach to Treating Alzheimer's

These findings suggest that microtubule-stabilizing drugs currently in clinical trials may not be effective in treating Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases associated with the dysfunction of the protein called tau.
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Academy's Women in Natural Sciences Program Wins White House Mentoring Award

The Women in Natural Sciences Program at the Academy of Natural Sciences has received the highest national mentoring award bestowed by the White House and the National Science Foundation (NSF), which comes with $10,000 to support its role in inspiring high school girls to pursue careers in STEM.
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Drexel's Scale-Fighting Force Field Protects Air Conditioning Systems From Mineral Deposition

Mineral deposition or scaling, is a naturally occurring phenomenon at the root of a number of problems that could menace water-cooled HVAC systems. Drexel University Professor Young Cho, PhD, who has studied the problem for decades, invented a device that can generate an electric field to ward off scaling in systems of all sizes.