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2016

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      Urban Climate Change Research Hub Opens at Drexel

      November 29, 2016

      In the battle to adapt to and mitigate climate change caused by humans, most environmental engineers and climate scientists agree that cities are the front line. Due to the sheer density of their population, and the quantity of resources they consume, cities have the potential to most quickly and significantly affect—and be affected by—climate risks. They also have the ability to integrate climate resiliency into their plans for the future, according to environmental engineering professor Franco Montalto, PhD, who will direct a network of North American climate change researchers concerting their efforts via a new hub at Drexel University. 

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    • Bob Peck pictured on the Great Wall China in 2011.

      Employee Spotlight: Robert McCracken Peck

      November 21, 2016

      Bob Peck, senior fellow of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, is celebrating 40 years as the museum’s “humanist” with the release of a new book and grateful reflections on a career like no other.

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    • This octopus is one of many Blaschka items held by the Academy of Natural Sciences.

      Hidden Treasures: Art of the Abyss

      August 16, 2016

      Over a century ago, scientists at the Academy of Natural Sciences were entranced and intrigued by the lifelike beauty of a collection of glass models of marine life created by German artisans and father-and-son team Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka, and made sure the delicate creations quickly became a part of the Academy’s collection.

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      Making a Solar Energy Conversion Breakthrough With Help From a Ferroelectrics Pioneer

      August 08, 2016

      Designers of solar cells may soon be setting their sights higher, as a discovery by a team of researchers has revealed a class of materials that could be better at converting sunlight into energy than those currently being used in solar arrays. Their research shows how a material can be used to extract power from a small portion of the sunlight spectrum with a conversion efficiency that is above its theoretical maximum — a value called the Shockley-Queisser limit. This finding, which could lead to more power-efficient solar cells, was seeded in a near-half-century old discovery by Russian physicist Vladimir M. Fridkin, PhD, a visiting professor of physics at Drexel University, who is also known as one of the innovators behind the photocopier. 

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      Drexel Experts Available to Comment on Democratic National Convention

      July 11, 2016

      As Philadelphia prepares to host what is likely to be one of the largest and most historically significant Democratic National Conventions, Drexel experts are available to comment on issues ranging from the logistics of putting together the massive gathering and its historical significance, as well as addressing the biggest political issues that will face presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton.

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