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Research

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Termite Brains Can Grow in Anticipation of a Single Moment of Flight and Light

New research on dampwood termites shows select members of the colony will experience brain changes in anticipation of cognitive demand. Drexel researchers measured developmental differences in the relative sizes of visual processing brain regions, called optic lobes, among dampwood termite castes to test whether optic lobe investment matches caste differences in exposure to visually complex environments.

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NIH Awards Drexel University $14.4 Million for Health Disparities Research

Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health and College of Nursing and Health Professions recently received a 5-year, $14.4 million “Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation” (FIRST) grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to hire, retain and support diverse, early career researchers with a focus on health disparities research on aging, chronic disease and/or environmental determinants.
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Faculty Highlights: Recent Grants and Awards

Last term, Drexel faculty were recognized for their research and achievements, like Alexis Roth, PhD, associate professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health, who received a NIH R01 grant for $4.9 million to assess HIV prevention interventions over the next five years.
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Drexel Joins New NSF Institute Using Data Tools to Support Materials Science Research

Drexel University’s Metadata Research Center in the College of Computing & Informatics is one of 10 research partners that will be part of a new $15 million National Science Foundation effort to harness the power of data science and artificial intelligence to guide materials science research.
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How Do Team Dynamics Shape Success for Children with Autism in Public Schools?

Researchers from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University investigated if the "team-around-the-child" - the parents, school staff and community providers - was associated with perceived successful school transitions for children with autism from lower income families.

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STAR Scholars 2021: A “Closer to Normal” Experience Despite Ongoing Pandemic

One hundred and forty second- and third-year Dragons completed their faculty-mentored STAR research experience last month, and partook in a range of opportunities spanning remote, hybrid and in-person modalities, as well as six-month part-time and three-month full-time timeframes.

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Drexel Announces New Center for Law and Transformational Technology

Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law has announced the creation of a new Center for Law and Transformational Technology. The Center serves as a hub of research and teaching activity focused on legal issues emerging from significant advances in technology.  It brings together scholars working in both law and technology to tackle legal issues related to such technological advances as blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI) and neural technology.  

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What the Brain Shows: The Benefits of Virtual Reality in Creative Arts Therapies

In one of the first studies of its kind, researchers from Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions and School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, examined the differences in prefrontal cortex (PFC) activation between two distinct drawing tasks in VR, including with the introduction of a calming fragrance stimulus.
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National Autism Indicators Report: High Rates of Mental Health Conditions and Persistent Disparities in Care

Researchers from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University released the latest National Autism Indicators Report highlighting the importance of mental health care in autistic children and adults. The report found high rates of mental health conditions in autistic children and adults and persistent disparities in mental health and health care by race and ethnicity.

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Report: Autistic Individuals Have Increased Risk of COVID-19

Autistic adults, adults with intellectual disability, and adults with mental health diagnoses have multiple risk factors for infection with COVID-19 and for experiencing more severe disease if they contract COVID-19, according to research from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University.
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Dieting: Villain or Scapegoat? Research Reevaluates Weight Loss Dieting

For decades, there has been an accepted definition of dieting in academia, and in society as a whole. Michael Lowe, PhD, a professor in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences, has recently reevaluated the decades of dieting research to redefine the way researchers and the public define – and therefore understand - dieting and the culture of weight loss.
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Report: How Are States Using Medicaid for the Needs of Autistic Individuals?

Researchers from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University reviewed how states use Medicaid programs to address the needs of the growing population of adults on the autism spectrum by looking at data sources from 2004-2015 to determine what services and programs were available and how policy changes may impact outcomes of individuals with ASD receiving services.