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Research

Fraser Fleming, PhD, head of the chemistry department in the College of Arts and Sciences, teaching the course.

A Creative Approach to Teaching Creativity, Interdisciplinary Teamwork for Graduate Students

Two Drexel University faculty members from different disciplines have come together to provide a unique opportunity for graduate students: learn how to flex their creative muscles.

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Pennsylvania's Youth More Accepting of Marijuana, But Not Using It More, Report Shows

A report by the Pennsylvania State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup, which is chaired by a Drexel University professor, found that attitudes toward marijuana became more of its use in recent years as the state legalized it for medical usage.
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Obamacare Relieved Financial Strain of Those Closest to the Federal Poverty Line

While data shows that the Affordable Care Act helped people across the spectrum, a study shows that those around or below the federal poverty line benefitted most.
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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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The Secret Life of Postdocs, Vol. 1

In this Q&A between a Drexel interim vice provost, a faculty adviser and a former doctoral student, Dragons can learn more about postdoctoral opportunities and why they should be considered sooner rather than later.

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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.

An X-ray view of the heads of a worker and a soldier ant and the brains inside their head. The worker is much smaller with the brain filling more of its head.

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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Three-Quarters of U.S. Lawmakers Don't Look to University Scientists for Behavioral Health Research

A study designed to demystify the way research gets into legislators' hands found that the majority don't look to universities to inform their behavioral health policies.
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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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The Longer Women Live in Poor Neighborhoods, the Less Likely They Are to Gain Healthy Pregnancy Weight, Study Shows

The length of time a woman spends in poorer neighborhoods was found to be negatively tied to gaining a healthy amount of pregnancy weight, which is important for newborn health.
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Player-Only Villages on College Campuses Could Hinder Student Development

“If you build it, they will come” seems to be the mantra of top football programs around the country that have invested in the creation of exclusive player-only villages. Coaches are behind the concept of the “Athletic Village,” believing it will enhance the togetherness of their team. However, researchers are raising caution to the exclusivity of these compounds – which may support the further segregation of athletes from the campus population that can cause significant social and personal drawbacks.