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Pandemic in PA's Prisons

New Report: Pandemic in PA’s Prisons Warns of a Looming Public Health Crisis

The spread of the virus in Pennsylvania’s correctional facilities is particularly likely and dangerous due to a confluence of systemic factors, which are documented in a recently released report, from legal scholars in the Andy and Gwen Stern Community Lawyering Clinic at Drexel University and the Amistad Law Project, titled Pandemic in PA’s Prisons.
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.
Peer support model of the Building Wealth and Health Network

‘Building Wealth and Health Network’ Reduces Food Insecurity Without Providing Food

As the coronavirus pandemic forces so many to reckon with growing food insecurity and increased health challenges, the Building Wealth and Health Network program of Drexel University’s Center for Hunger-Free Communities is reducing food insecurity and improving mental health – without distributing any food or medicine. How? By focusing on group experiences that promote healing and help people save money and take control over their own finances.
Image of text reading "National Autism Indicators Report: Children on the autism spectrum and family financial hardship" May 2020

National Autism Indicators Report: The Connection Between Autism and Financial Hardship

A new report from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University highlighted the financial challenges facing households of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the United States. According to the report, households of children with ASD experience higher levels of poverty, material hardship and medical expenses than households of children with other special health care needs.
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The More You Know: How Better Understanding of Transgender and Nonbinary Biology Benefits Those Patients

In a recently published scholarly review of research gaps related to treatment of individuals who identify as gender nonbinary, Deborah Clegg, PhD, associate dean of research in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, found that enhancing the scientific understanding of biological origins of gender identity may reduce stigma and barriers to care for transgender and nonbinary individuals.
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Real-Time Data Show COVID-19 Led to 60% Decline in Leisure, Hospitality and Retail Employment

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 crisis is affecting the U.S. economy and labor markets in an unprecedented way. The leisure, hospitality and retail industries have been hit the hardest by shutdown orders nationwide but new research that uses data from Homebase, a time-tracking software, to provide real-time employment estimates shows that the report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, expected later this week, may not capture the full extent of the contraction.

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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.

cold plasma air filter

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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Screen Time for Babies Linked to Higher Risk of Autism-Like Symptoms Later in Childhood

Sitting a baby in front of a tablet or television, as well as less parent-child play time, are associated with developing greater autism spectrum disorder (ASD)-like symptoms later in childhood. These findings, from the first prospective study on the subject, are published today in JAMA Pediatrics from researchers at Drexel University’s College of Medicine and Dornsife School of Public Health.
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Beyond Encryption: Protecting Consumer Privacy While Keeping Survey Results Accurate

In a recent paper published in the Journal of Marketing Analytics, LeBow College of Businessan assistant professor of Decision Sciences and Management Information Systems at Drexel University’s Matthew Schneider, PhD, and Dawn Iacobucci, PhD, of Vanderbilt University, proposed a new methodology that permanently alters survey datasets to protect consumers’ privacy —when data is shared— while still preserving a level of reasonable accuracy for these datasets.

Dr. Marla Gold Named Vice Provost for Community Health Care Innovation

Dr. Marla Gold Named Vice Provost for Community Health Care Innovation

In this newly created position, the Dornsife School of Public Health professor and dean emerita will optimize community health care services, promote population health, and coordinate health care and health science research and education within Drexel’s urban setting.