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Society & Culture

Eighteen-year-old Paul Robeson High School grad Lyric Wise won a $50,000 scholarship live on national television explains her existing ties to the University, as well as her excitement and plans for starting at Drexel this fall.

‘Good Morning America’ Scholarship Recipient Lyric Wise Can’t Wait to Be a Dragon

The 18-year-old Paul Robeson High School grad who won a $50,000 scholarship live on national television explains her existing ties to the University, as well as her excitement and plans for starting at Drexel this fall.

Bearded Ladies Cabaret is one of the organizations which received the 2021 Art Works grant, and which Drexel co-op students could have the opportunity to work with starting next year.

New Grant Program to Support Paid Nonprofit Co-op Opportunities for Dragons

Forman Arts Initiative and Philadelphia Foundation have launched Arts Works, a $3 million grant program for local community-based organizations and emerging artists, with additional funds to support co-op positions at recipient organizations starting next year.
Preparation and the presentation of her social initiative and talent won Elaine Ficarra the right to be called Miss Philadelphia in the competition’s centennial year, as well as scholarship funding and a chance to compete in the Miss Pennsylvania competition last month, in which she placed third runner up.

Drexel Student Named Miss Philadelphia 2021

Elaine Ficarra, a rising third-year biology major and Pennoni Honors College student, earned the title of Miss Philadelphia after competition was postponed due to the pandemic last year, and placed third runner up at the Miss Pennsylvania competition in June.

 

Drexel student Charmaine Patterson cooks food in the kitchen at the University.

Drexel Student Wins $25,000 Scholarship from Guy Fieri's ‘Restaurant Reboot’

Fourth-year culinary arts student Charmaine Patterson received a $25,000 scholarship live on Guy Fieri’s “Restaurant Reboot” on June 12. In this Q&A with DrexelNow, she reveals her hopes for fall term and the future as well as the hardships she and the food industry endured during the pandemic.
A special illustration celebrating WKDU’s 50 years on air. Image courtesy WKDU.

50th Anniversary Celebration Honors WKDU’s History of Engagement

As part of a week-long event already underway, student and alumni DJs are coming together to share and play music, and support to the student radio station’s future.
City of Philadelphia skyline.

Drexel Helps Set Climate Resilience Research Agenda for Philadelphia

A new collaboration between the University, Academy of Natural Sciences, City of Philadelphia, DVRPC and local organizations will ultimately create a research agenda to help make the region more climate resilient.
TEDxDrexelU, a student organization whose mission it is to bring the spirit of TED to the Drexel community, will present a two-day virtual conference featuring Drexel faculty and alumni speakers June 26–27.

Watch Your Professors Give TEDx Talks During a Student-Curated Virtual Event This Week

TEDxDrexelU, a student organization whose mission it is to bring the spirit of TED to the Drexel community, will present a two-day virtual conference featuring Drexel faculty and alumni speakers June 26–27.

Renowned urban ethnographer Elijah Anderson, PhD, who has focused much of his work in Philadelphia, shared in this Q&A a preview of his June 11 commencement speech, career advice and his favorite local memories and eatery.

10 Questions with University-wide Commencement Speaker Elijah Anderson, PhD

The renowned urban ethnographer who has focused much of his work in Philadelphia shared in this Q&A a preview of his June 11 commencement speech, career advice and his favorite local memories and eatery.

Text on image reads National Autism Indicators Report: Family Perspectives on Services and Supports, and includes logos for Life Course Outcomes Program and A.J. Drexel Autism Institute

States’ Developmental Disability Services Lacking for Autistic Adults and Their Families

In the latest National Autism Indicators Report, researchers from Drexel University’s A.J. Drexel Autism Institute found families of autistic adults who use Developmental Disability services face gaps in services and supports, lack of emergency planning and barriers to community participation.
Nikil Saval, a Pennsylvania state senator representing South Philadelphia, shared important career and leadership advice for Dragons to keep in mind for their own careers or civic journeys.

5 Takeaways From Pennsylvania State Senator Nikil Saval’s Virtual Visit to Drexel

The senator representing South Philadelphia shared important career and leadership advice for Dragons to keep in mind for their own careers or civic journeys.
During his Global Research Symposium presentation “Snails Over Time,” Paul Callomon, manager of the Academy of Natural Sciences’ Malacology Department, showed a snail shell that has been partially dissolved.

2021 Global Research Symposium: International Solutions for A Global Crisis

The University’s “Climate Year: Global Research Symposium” brought together Drexel faculty and international partners to present and discuss ways of studying, addressing and combatting climate change.
One of the combs purchased by Naomi Ford, on top of the original holly wrapping paper. Photo credit: Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection. Credit: Gift of Mrs. Anne Wright.

What Drexel Does — and Doesn’t — Have From the 1918 Pandemic

How were Drexel and other institutions now part of the University affected by the 20th century influenza outbreak? Based off of their archival collections, it’s hard to say.
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The Future of Artificial Intelligence Requires the Guidance of Sociology

In the race to out-compete other companies– artificial intelligence (AI) design is lacking a deep understanding of what data about humans mean and its relation to equity. Two Drexel University sociologists suggest we pay greater attention to the societal impact of AI, as it is appearing more frequently than ever before.