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Science & Technology

Microtubule after tau depletion

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.
Four women involved with the WINS program gathered around their award certificate.

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.
Students in BIO 213

Biology Class Builds Research Skills, Autonomy in Underclassmen

Freshmen and sophomore biology students at Drexel can take the elective BIO 213, which introduces them to independent, novel research and a hands-on learning opportunity working with fruit flies.

transcranial magnetic stimulation

How Brain Signals Travel to Drive Language Performance

Using transcranial magnetic stimulation and network control theory, Drexel psychologists have taken a novel approach to understanding how signals travel across the brain's highways and how stimulation can lead to better cognitive function.
Brain AI Intelligence

Studying the Brain at Work

More than 100 experts will convene to discuss the emerging field of research, which aims to design systems for safer, more efficient operations and to advance the understanding of the relationship between the brain and everyday human tasks.
Preparation of MXene membranes

MXene’s Tour de Force

Is there anything MXene materials can’t do? Since the discovery of a large new family of two-dimensional materials by Drexel University researchers in 2011, continued exploration has revealed their exceptional ability to store energy, block electromagnetic interference, purify water and even ward off bacteria. And, as recent research now suggests, MXenes are also very durable — the strongest material of its kind, according to a new study in the journal Science Advances.

Malcom Jenkins interacting with students at Young Dragons camp in 2016.

Malcolm Jenkins Foundation Expands Partnership with Drexel for Young Dragons Summer STEAM Camp

The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation is expanding its partnership with Drexel University’s Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center and Lindy Center for Civic Engagement  to offer a summer camp for local students to learn, experiment and experience the interplay between science, technology, engineering, arts, athletics and mathematics (STEAM).

V2a neurons

Lab-Grown Neurons Improve Breathing

In a pre-clinical study, College of Medicine neuroscientists showed that V2a interneurons contribute to an injured body's ability to self-repair.
UE Lifesciences’ iBreastExam detects tumors early at the point of care without the need for radiation, and has been used to provide 120,000 breast examinations.

Drexel Advances Among Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted US Utility Patents in 2017

The University was included among the colleges and universities in the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents report authored by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (POA).

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.