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Study: As Many As 1 in 40 U.S. Children Has Autism

As many as 1 in 40 children in the United States have been diagnosed with autism, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, in collaboration with researchers from Drexel University, Harvard Medical School and George Washington University. The report, based on data from the DHS’s 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health, seems to confirm a decades-long trend of increasing autism diagnoses among children in the United States.

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  • Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pa. is part of Crozer-Keystone Health System. Crozer-Chester Medical Center to Become Drexel College of Medicine’s Sixth Regional Medical Campus
    September 19, 2016

    Crozer-Chester Medical Center (Crozer) in Delaware County will serve as a regional medical campus for Drexel University College of Medicine, beginning July 2017.
  • A diorama featuring four different aoudads, or Barbary sheep, a species native to North Africa. Academy of Natural Sciences Collections Available Now on Google Cultural Institute
    September 15, 2016

    Travel through time with new natural history collections from the Academy of Natural Sciences and others on Google Arts & Culture.
  • George W. Gephart Jr. President of the Academy of Natural Sciences Will Retire Next Year
    September 15, 2016

    George W. Gephart Jr., who led the Academy of Natural Sciences into its affiliation with Drexel, will retire next year.
  • trainer Drexel Partners With Up2Us Sports to Help Veterans Become Youth Coaches
    September 13, 2016

    This fall, Marcedes Kennedy will be the first military veteran to pursue a master’s degree in Sport Coaching Leadership in Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management. As part of a new partnership with the non-profit organization, Up2Us Sports, called Operation Coach, she will immediately put her coaching leadership skills to the test as a mentor to Philadelphia children who are hitting the courts and the books with a local program called SquashSmarts. The partnership aims to help veterans work their way into coaching and community building while getting a degree.

  • Molly D. Shepard Molly Shepard to Receive 2017 Woman One Award
    September 12, 2016

    The Woman One program annually honors an outstanding woman for her leadership in the Philadelphia community and raises scholarship funds for talented, underrepresented women studying at the College of Medicine.
  • pin for clinton and trump Panel of Business Professors Gives Goldman Sachs a Grade of ‘C-’ for New Campaign Contribution Policies
    September 8, 2016

    A Drexel University poll asked a panel of business school professors to grade Goldman Sachs on new rules that effectively ban the firm’s partners from contributing to certain political campaigns, including the Trump-Pence ticket. Overall, the panel, involving experts from 39 world-renowned universities, gave Goldman Sachs a “C-” for how it is handling this political issue.

  • MXene film Containing Our 'Electromagnetic Pollution'
    September 8, 2016

    If you’ve ever heard your engine rev through your radio while listening to an AM station in your car, or had your television make a buzzing sound when your cell phone is near it, then you’ve experienced electromagnetic interference. This phenomenon, caused by radio waves, can originate from anything that creates, carries or uses an electric current, including television and internet cables, and, of course cell phones and computers. A group of researchers at Drexel University and the Korea Institute of Science & Technology is working on cleaning up this electromagnetic pollution by containing the emissions with a thin coating of a nanomaterial called MXene.

  • An artist's depiction of what the Strud nursery ecosystem may have looked like, including the three different placoderm species discovered at the site and the likely plant-life there. Image by Justine Jacquot-Hameon/PLOS-One. ‘Nursery’ Discovered in Belgium Provides Insight into Prehistoric Fish Life
    September 2, 2016

    The discovery of a group of young, prehistoric fish fossils provides some insights into the extinct creatures’ lives — and how fish today might be similar to them.
  • Lotus logo for The Building Wealth and Health Network with the tagline "My Power. My Money." Study: Safety Net Programs Don’t Support High Rates of Trauma in Participants
    September 1, 2016

    A recent study by researchers from Drexel University’s Center for Hunger-Free Communities found that a high number of participants in a federal cash assistance program have suffered significant childhood adversity, exposure to violence as adults and other poverty-related stressors, highlighting the need to take participants’ past trauma into account.
  • Glimcher Leading Physician-Scientist Laurie H. Glimcher to Receive 2016 Marion Spencer Fay Award at Drexel
    September 1, 2016

    The award, named after the former dean and president of Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania, annually honors a woman who has made a significant contribution to medicine.
  • Lagan Leonard Pearlstein Gallery Announces New Fall Exhibition: ‘Warp + Weft’ – Work by Caroline Lathan-Stiefel
    August 31, 2016

    Drexel University’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery will present a new solo exhibition of installation, sculpture and drawings by 2015 Pew Fellow in the Arts Caroline Lathan-Stiefel. The fall exhibit will run from Sept. 20 through Dec. 4 – with the opening reception taking place on Friday, Sept. 23, from 5-7 p.m. 

  • dancers Building Drones to Dance – David Parsons’ Choreography Brings Human and Robot Inspired Dynamics to Philadelphia
    August 25, 2016

    The Federal Aviation Administration has counted nearly 325,000 registered drone operators as of Feb. 8, 2016 – although this number represents only a fraction of the unmanned aerial vehicles currently at the fingertips of humans. According to the FAA, the average drone operator owns one and a half drones, putting the number of flying robots closer to half a million…but how many of these drones will dance? 

  • School of Law Drexel’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law Celebrates Milestone 10th Anniversary
    August 24, 2016

    The Thomas R. Kline School of Law welcomed its 10th class in August, marking a milestone anniversary that will be observed throughout the 2016-17 academic year at Drexel University. 

  • PCB transformers, which contain chemicals like the ones in the study found to increase the risk of autism when there are high levels of exposure. Chemicals Banned Decades Ago Linked to Increased Autism Risk Today
    August 23, 2016

    A group of man-made chemicals used in some pesticides and insulating materials banned in the 1970s continues to linger in the United States, and new research by a Drexel University professor and colleagues found that high levels of exposure to some of them during pregnancy may increase the likelihood of a child being diagnosed with autism by roughly 80 percent.
  • Sheet music. Music Demonstrated to Alleviate Cancer Patients’ Symptoms
    August 17, 2016

    A review looking at studies on the effect music interventions have on the treatment of cancer patients found treatment benefits for anxiety, pain, fatigue and overall quality of life.
  • map Find any Museum in America with New MuseumStat Website and App
    August 16, 2016

    There are over 30,000 museums across the United States – and now you can learn about each one, with the online resource MuseumStat, a powerful tool to better understand museums and their role in our communities. For those with wanderlust and a zeal for travel, the associated iOS app, MuseumFinder, will reveal what museums may be just around the corner through its location-based GPS search. 

  • fNIR headband Drexel Researchers Bring fNIRS ‘Into the Wild’ to See How Our Brains React to Google Glass
    August 10, 2016

    A group of Drexel biomedical engineers use brain imaging technology to measure how well people can navigate while using Google Glass.


     
  • White Coat Ceremony Class of 2020 Receives First White Coats
    August 10, 2016

    Drexel University College of Medicine welcomed 260 new medical students from the Class of 2020 during its annual White Coat Ceremony.
  • bulk photovoltaic effect Making a Solar Energy Breakthrough With Help From a Ferroelectrics Pioneer
    August 8, 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. 
  • Paul Brandt-Rauf Drexel Names Paul W. Brandt-Rauf Dean of School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
    August 3, 2016

    Drexel University has named Paul W. Brandt-Rauf, MD, DrPH, ScD, as dean of the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems. Brandt-Rauf — one of the nation’s leading occupational and environmental medicine scholars — joins Drexel from the University of Illinois in Chicago, where he served as dean of the School of Public Health since 2008. He will begin his tenure February 1, 2017. 

  • Woman filling out a form Drexel Researchers Will Be Able to Tap Into Trove of Census Data as Part of Philadelphia’s First Federal Statistical Research Data Center
    July 29, 2016

    Starting in 2017, researchers from around the university will have the opportunity to access the nation’s highest-quality Census data for analysis of U.S. economy and public policy issues as a partner with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, The University of Pennsylvania and Penn State University in a new Federal Statistical Research Data Center that will be located in Philadelphia.

  • microswimmers Drexel's Microswimmer Robots Can Work Together — And Apart
    July 28, 2016

    Drexel University researchers, led by MinJun Kim, PhD, a professor in the College of Engineering, have successfully pulled off a feat that both sci-fi fans and Michael Phelps could appreciate. Using a rotating magnetic field they show how multiple chains of microscopic magnetic bead-based robots can link up to reach impressive speeds swimming through a liquid. Their finding is the latest step toward using the so-called “microswimmers” to deliver medicine and perform surgery inside the body.

  • Macrophages Researchers Reveal How an Inflammatory Response to Ceramic Scaffolds Promotes Bone Regeneration
    July 28, 2016

    In their mission to design new biomaterials that promote tissue regeneration, Drexel University researchers have identified how inflammation, when precisely controlled, is crucial to bone repair.
  • A photo of two boys with their heads together sleeping. Taken by Angela S. of the Philadelphia Witnesses to Hunger, she said, "To get a good education, my sons have to take two buses and a train through the 'hood to get to school. They fight all day, but here they were tired, cold, and supporting each other just trying to get home safe.” Photo Exhibit at African American Museum Will Speak the Truth about Poverty
    July 22, 2016

    As Democratic National Convention visitors come to Philadelphia, Witnesses to Hunger at Drexel University will unmask the truth of American poverty through photography and personal testimonies in an exhibit at the African American Museum.
  • NICU Baby By Causing Cells to Cannibalize Themselves, Researchers Prevent Lung Injury in Mice
    July 18, 2016

    A new study from College of Medicine researchers offers a new solution to prevent Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD), the most common chronic lung disease in premature infants. 
  • Milk being poured into a bowl. Soft Drink, Soft Price: Soda Prices Found Significantly Lower Than Healthy Alternative Milk
    July 18, 2016

    Drexel University researchers found a huge disparity between the price of soda, which is linked to the prevalence of health issues like diabetes, and milk — a difference in price that could be narrowed by taxes like the one on sugary drinks recently approved in Philadelphia.
  • DNC pins 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.

  • DietDash Weight Loss Technologies Train the Brain to Resist Temptation
    June 30, 2016

    Psychologists have designed a computer game aimed at improving users’ inhibitory control and a mobile app that combats unhealthy urges before they strike.
  • Labidus Praedator. Photo by Dinesh Rao. Mountaineering Ants Use Body Heat to Warm Nests
    June 29, 2016

    Underground army ants can keep their nests — called bivouacs — warm with their body heat; this social warming may enable fragile offspring to survive in chilly mountain forests , according to Drexel University researchers.
  • Artist, Harp Lenfest Funds Drexel Partnership with ArtistYear to Bring Arts to Underserved Philadelphia Schools
    June 28, 2016

    Visual arts, creative movement and music education will become more accessible to underserved Philadelphia schools this fall when students from Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design enter classrooms as part of the ArtistYear fellowship program. ArtistYear, a national service program that places recent college graduates in local public and charter schools as teaching artists-in-residence, is supported by a grant from H. F. “Gerry” Lenfest.
  • Clay-Molding ‘Shaping Minds: Philadelphia’s Clay Mentors’ on the Intersection of Art and Therapy — a Symposium and Expert Lectures
    June 22, 2016

    Drexel University’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery will join forces with The Clay Studio, a nonprofit educational institution, gallery and studio dedicated to teaching, creating, supporting and promoting the ceramic arts — to curate an exhibition celebrating the work of ceramic educators in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Teaching artists will display various works that exemplify the wide range of ceramic artwork within the region. The exhibition will be open Tuesday-Saturday, from noon-5 p.m. and run from June 28-Aug. 13.

  • friend request The Benefits of Friending a Grownup
    June 21, 2016

    When teen and adult worlds collide on social media it can be weird and awkward at times, but research from Drexel University suggests these socially messy interactions can turn out to be valuable life experiences. 
  • spinal pain Researchers Explore Epigenetic Influences of Chronic Pain
    June 21, 2016

    A College of Medicine study is a first step in identifying new, non-opioid drugs for treating chronic pain.
  • Rendering of development proposed around 30th Street Station 30th Street Station District Plan Unveiled, Will Transform Area Around Iconic Station
    June 16, 2016

    Amtrak, Brandywine Realty Trust, Drexel University, PennDOT and SEPTA unveiled the Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan and announced the initiation of several follow-on projects to improve the immediate station area and catalyze future development throughout the District.

  • Air Traffic Control Drexel to Host International Conference on Research in Air Transportation
    June 16, 2016

    An international group of researchers, industry professionals, operators and regulators will convene from June 20-24 for the 7th International Conference on Research in Air Transportation (ICRAT), co-sponsored by the FAA and Eurocontrol.
  • Yi Deng Drexel Names Yi Deng Dean of College of Computing & Informatics
    June 16, 2016

    Drexel University has named Yi Deng, PhD, dean of its College of Computing & Informatics. Deng comes to Drexel after a seven-year tenure as dean of the College of Computing and Informatics at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte where his leadership contributed to dramatic growth in enrollment and research funding. Deng takes the helm of one of the nation’s oldest recognized institutions of computing and informatics studies, whose programs have consistently ranked among the best in preparing students for jobs in these rapidly expanding fields.

  • A piece of art created by a study participant using both markers and modeling clay. They said the experience was "therapeutic, relaxing [and] thoughtful." Courtesy of Girija Kaimal. At Any Skill Level, Making Art Reduces Stress Hormones
    June 14, 2016

    A Drexel University study found that no matter a person’s skill level, taking time to make art is likely to reduce their stress hormone levels.
  • Charmatz Internationally Acclaimed French Choreographer Boris Charmatz Brings Renowned Work to Drexel
    June 14, 2016

    A transformative figure in the world of contemporary dance, acclaimed French choreographer Boris Charmatz will bring his renowned Levée des conflits (Suspension of Conflicts) to Philadelphia, hosted by Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and co-presented by FringeArts as part of the Fringe Festival, from Sept. 7-10. 
  • Photo of ceremonial groundbreaking for Korman Center addition Drexel Breaks Ground on Korman Center Expansion and Redesign of Surrounding Public Space
    June 14, 2016

    Drexel University broke ground on an expansion of the Korman Center, a 1958 building at the heart of Drexel’s campus that has served as a University landmark for decades. An $8 million gift from the Hyman Korman Family Foundation, paired with another $8 million from the University, will make the Korman makeover possible. The project will also create a classic campus green in the open space in front of and around the Korman Center, a popular student hangout known as the “Quad.”

  • A scan of a human brain. Photo courtesy of Sean Novak. Origin of a Myth: The Second Trauma Cure for Amnesia
    June 13, 2016

    A Drexel professor explains how scientists’ limited and faulty understanding of the brain hundreds of years ago gave birth to the erroneous idea that amnesia induced by a blow to the head can be cured by a second “conk.”
  • goalball Turning Paralympic Sport of Goalball Into a Video Game
    June 8, 2016

    The bounce of a ball, the jingle of a bell and the roar of the crowd — these are the sounds of goalball, the Paralympic sport of champions. Introduced to the world in the 1976 Summer Paralympics in Toronto, goalball is the first sport created for athletes with a visual impairment. Thirty years later, a group of Drexel University students are turning goalball into a video game that uses auditory and tactile feedback to capture the excitement and intensity of the sport.

  • Left side view of the Hypophthalmus marginatus collected from the Suriname River. After Centuries of Confusion, Unique Bones Help Scientists Place Catfish
    June 8, 2016

    The Hypophthalmus catfish has long stumped scientists trying to explore its origins, but a pair of researchers from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University finally believes their analysis of the fish’s backbone and unique swim bladder has solved the puzzle.
  • A giant panda cooling off with a block of ice. Photo by Mingxi Li. Pandas Don’t Like It Hot: Temperature, Not Food is Biggest Concern for Conservation
    June 6, 2016

    China’s bamboo supply is more than enough to support giant pandas after it was discovered that they have bigger appetites than originally believed, but climate change could destroy their plentiful food source anyway.
  • Spitfire Grill Philly as Gilead: Drexel Students Reunite Cast, Creator For 15th Anniversary of 'The Spitfire Grill'
    June 1, 2016

    A musical about second chances is getting one of its own this summer when students from Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design bring a theatrical stage reading of “The Spitfire Grill” to Philadelphia. The James Valcq and Fred Alley musical, adapted from the 1996 film starring Ellen Burstyn and Marcia Gay Harden, had the misfortune of opening in New York four days before the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001. Though its moment in the Big Apple was not to be, “The Spitfire Grill” and Valcq have had a loyal following, including Drexel professor Brannon Wiles who, along with his Entertainment Arts Management students, are putting together a musical reading of the show that will reunite many of the original cast members. Valcq himself will direct the performances, which will be held at The Caplan Studio Theater on South Broad Street from June 3-5, in honor of the 15th anniversary of the show’s debut.
  • Malario Mosquito How Do You Kill a Malaria Parasite? Clog It with Cholesterol
    May 26, 2016

    Amidst growing concerns about drug resistance, new findings from College of Medicine researchers could help to develop more effective drugs against malaria.
  • Images from the designs at the fashion show 2016 Grand Gowns, Metallics and Jewels Steal the Spotlight at Drexel’s Annual Fashion Show
    May 26, 2016

    With inspiration derived from South African Animals, Henry VIII and Alice in Wonderland, 20 senior and graduate Fashion Design students aim to captivate as their collections take the stage during Drexel University’s Annual Fashion Show on Saturday, June 4, presented by the Fashion Design and Design & Merchandising programs in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.
  • helmet structure Drexel and Army Research Lab Forge a Partnership
    May 25, 2016

    Drexel University researchers will now have the opportunity to work alongside scientists from the Army Research Lab — the Army's central laboratory. The institutions recently signed an agreement that formally connects Drexel as an ARL "open campus" for research. With this agreement, the University strives to engage a diverse and wide-ranging network of faculty in collaborative efforts with ARL entities.

     

  • corrosion chain Making Some of the World's Most Durable Materials Corrosion-Resistant
    May 25, 2016

    Borides are among the hardest and most heat-resistant substances on the planet, but their Achilles’ Heel, like so many materials’, is that they oxidize at high temperatures. Oxidation is the chemical reaction commonly known as corrosion or rusting — it can signal the end for a material’s structural integrity. But researchers from Drexel University, Linkoping University in Sweden and Imperial College London have produced an aluminum-layered boride whose unique behavior at high temperatures keeps it one step ahead of nature’s slow march toward high- temperature chemical degradation.  

  • Mother-Baby Connections Drexel’s Postpartum Depression Clinic Is First of Its Kind in the Region
    May 24, 2016

    Mother-Baby Connections is an intensive outpatient clinic based at Drexel that provides therapy for mothers experiencing stress and postpartum depression.
  • College of Nursing and Health Professions Dean Gloria Donnelly during her first comedy performance in 2010. Financially Distressed Students Benefit from Drexel Dean’s Comedy
    May 24, 2016

    The dean of Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions will host a new show to benefit the emergency fund she created five years ago to help out students who need financial support.