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Drexel launches Minor in Pediatric Engineering

Drexel Establishes Nation’s First Minor in Pediatric Engineering for Students in STEM and Health Fields

The ongoing pandemic and the unique challenges to health care delivery it continues to create have brought to light the need for medical professionals to have a broader skillset to solve the most complex and pressing challenges. Because of this need, and to ensure technology and clinical care are optimized to an individual patient’s needs, Drexel University recently launched an unprecedented offering for future leaders in STEM and health disciplines: a new minor in pediatric engineering.

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  • Tom Brokaw Tom Brokaw Looks at 50 Years in News in Latest Installment of Rudman Institute's Conversation Series
    March 28, 2017

    Legendary television journalist Tom Brokaw will join former NBC News producer and colleague, Karen Curry, for a discussion about his career in journalism, including 22 years behind the anchor desk at NBC’s “Nightly News.” The event is the latest installment in a series presented by the Kal and Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies. 
  • The Community Wellness HUB at Drexel University Community Wellness HUB Bridges West Philly Neighborhoods to Healthy Living
    March 28, 2017

    In an effort to decrease health disparities among residents in Mantua and Powelton Village, the College of Nursing and Health Professions is opening a comprehensive wellness program that will focus on education, preventive services and community building.
  • Colony morphologies of 96 Burkholderia cenocepacia isolates from cystic fibrosis patients. Genomics Reveal How Bacteria Evolve in Cystic Fibrosis Patients
    March 21, 2017

    College of Medicine scientists have made new headway in understanding how a common pathogen leads to chronic lung infections in cystic fibrosis patients.
  • Philadelphia School Partnership presented a $1.2 million grant to Drexel University to launch a residency-based teacher certification program called Dragons Teach Middle Years (DTMY). Drexel Launches “Dragons Teach Middle Years” Teacher Training Program
    March 20, 2017

    Supported by a $1.2 million grant from the Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP), Drexel University’s School of Education will create a new pipeline of dual-certified, Middle-Years teachers, trained specifically for the challenges of Philadelphia classrooms. 

  • A dyed green image of a fibers in a human hippocampus Treatment Window for Fragile X Likely Doesn’t Close After Childhood, Drexel Study Finds
    March 20, 2017

    A Drexel University-led study looked into human and rat brain samples and found that the biological structures potentially contributing to Fragile X syndrome are present in adult brains — something that mouse samples did not show.
  • headshot of John Maeda Art and Tech Innovator John Maeda to Speak at Drexel Commencement at Citizens Bank Park
    March 20, 2017

    Computational design guru John Maeda will address the class of 2017 at Drexel University’s commencement, which will be held on June 13 at 7:30 p.m. Maeda is the global head of Computational Design and Inclusion at Automattic, the parent company of Jetpack, WooCommerce, Longreads, and more. The University-wide ceremony will be held at Citizens Bank Park for the second consecutive year.

  • © 2017 National Museum of American Illustration, Newport, RI Photo courtesy American Illustrators Gallery, New York, NY Drexel Presents Fine Art Exhibit in Tribute to ‘Father of Illustration’ Howard Pyle
    March 15, 2017

    In continuation of Drexel University’s 125th anniversary celebration, the Pennoni Honors College will co-present with the National Museum of American Illustration, a new exhibition showcasing the influence of former Drexel instructor Howard Pyle and his students, who helped inspire Philadelphia’s historic roots in the applied art field and fueled its publishing boom in 1900s.

  • Mark Sabaj and his daughter Sofia holding fish Eyeless Catfish Named for Discoverer’s Daughter
    March 13, 2017

    To honor his young, science-minded daughter, a researcher from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University named a new species of blind, Amazonian catfish after her.
  • Image of a woman studying online in front of a laptop Through Alliance with Drexel Online, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Employees Eligible for Tuition Savings
    March 13, 2017

    Drexel University Online recently formed an alliance with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that will provide an opportunity for OPM employees and their immediate family members to enroll in an online Drexel degree or certificate program with significant tuition savings.

  • African American hands For Organ Transplant Recipients, Skin Diseases and Risk Factors Differ by Race
    March 8, 2017

    Nonwhite solid organ transplant patients were less likely to have regular dermatologic exams and to know race-specific signs and risk factors for skin cancer, such as human papillomavirus.
  • A pair of firefighters in full gear walking away toward a firetruck. Better Injury Data Management Can Save Fire Departments Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars
    March 6, 2017

    A new study out of Drexel University shows that more accurately tracking injuries in the fire service can save fire departments a great amount of money and more accurately focus injury prevention efforts.
  • A doctor's white coat with pens that include a drug company's name. Two-Thirds of Americans See Docs Who Got Paid by Drug Companies: Study
    March 6, 2017

    A new study led by Drexel University found that a majority of Americans visited doctors in the past year who had been paid or given gifts by pharmaceutical or medical device companies — but very few patients knew about it.
  • Jerry Fagiano sitting at a table with his elbow on it as he speaks during a panel. Drexel Hosting Discussions on the Health Dangers of Rolling Back Environmental and Climate Policies
    March 1, 2017

    Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health will hold a discussion and host a leading expert to talk about the human health effects that could result from potential rollbacks on climate and environment policy in the United States.
  • Elevating the conversation about gender in sports Drexel to Host ‘TOMBOY’ Symposium on Elevating the Conversation on Gender in Sport
    March 1, 2017

    CSN Philadelphia and Drexel’s Sport Management Department Will Host a Women in Sport Symposium Featuring the Screening of the Documentary ‘TOMBOY'.
  • Image of student using app with hololens heart Drexel Online Powers New Website, Virtually Inspired, Dedicated to Advances in Online Education
    February 27, 2017

    Always looking for new ways to be at the forefront of educational innovation, Drexel University Online (DUO) has launched Virtually Inspired, a website that features a series of high-quality videos showcasing some of the brightest minds and best practices in the world of online and blended education.

  • Speaker-listener graphic On the Same Wavelength: Brain Imaging Headband Measures How Our Minds Align When We Communicate
    February 27, 2017

    Past research has revealed that our brains synchronize when listening to the same idea or story. Now, a tool developed by Drexel biomedical engineers can better understand this phenomenon.
  • Sex & Gender Research Forum logo Let’s Talk About Sex (and Gender): Transgender Equality Activist to Speak at Drexel Research Forum
    February 24, 2017

    The 2017 Sex and Gender Research Forum will feature interdisciplinary research projects and transgender rights activist Harper Jean Tobin.
  • "I am Psyched" exhibit logo ‘I am Psyched!’ Interactive Exhibit Explores the Role of Women of Color in Psychology
    February 24, 2017

    An interactive exhibit that features minority women who have contributed to psychology will be on display at Drexel University’s W. W. Hagerty Library from Feb. 27 to March 10.
  • A child playing with a toy at a daycare. More Day Cares Near By, More Germs? Maybe Not, According to Drexel Whooping Cough Study
    February 23, 2017

    A team of Drexel University researchers looking into how a higher density of day care facilities may affect the prevalence of illness in a neighborhood and found that it doesn’t really have much of an effect.
  • View of the Micromyzon orinoco specimen from above. Almost 4 Decades Later, Mini Eyeless Catfish Gets a Name
    February 23, 2017

    Discovered in a 1978–79 expedition, a pale, eyeless catfish that doesn’t even measure an inch long is now known as Micromyzon orinoco, for the South American river in which it was discovered.
  • Instagram Unfiltered: Instagram Has Become a Haven For People Making Sensitive and Stigmatized Self-Disclosures
    February 23, 2017

    Depression has a way of silencing its sufferers. Even in today’s technology-connected society, people are hesitant to talk about their painful experiences and suffering for fear of being stigmatized. Though this has been the unfortunate norm for quite some time, new research from Drexel University is steadily uncovering the areas of social network sites where the sufferers are finding solace. In their latest finding Andrea Forte, PhD, an associate professor, and Nazanin Andalibi, a doctoral candidate in Drexel’s College of Computing & Informatics who study how people interact on social media, have observed that one way people in pain are overcoming silence is by using Instagram — and recruiting pictures to help them explain the feelings and experiences that are often too painful or complicated to put into words. 
  • A pair of doctors treating a patient with chemotherapy. Doctors' Biases Mean Black Men Don't Get the Same Treatment in Healthcare
    February 20, 2017

    Black men likely don't get the same healthcare treatment that white men do because of doctors' biases and fear of black men, according to a new qualitative study.
  • Marcellus Shale gas tower Methane Levels Have Increased in Marcellus Shale Region Despite a Dip in Well Installation
    February 9, 2017

    Despite a slow down in the number of new natural gas wells in the Marcellus Shale region of Northeast Pennsylvania, new research led by Drexel University finds that atmospheric methane levels in the area are still increasing. Measurements of methane and other air pollutants taken three years apart in the rural areas of Pennsylvania that have been the target of natural gas development over the last decade, revealed a substantial increase from 2012 to 2015.
  • A doctor in a white coat holding a clipboard Spanish-Speaking and Non-Citizen Latino Parents Half as Likely to Feel Docs Are Listening
    February 8, 2017

    A study led by faculty from Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health found that the parents of Latino children who only speak Spanish or who are non-citizens feel half as likely to be heard as those who only speak English when communicating with their children’s doctors.
  • 6 different maps displaying "heat measures" of stroke risk factors by race in the United States. Stroke Risk Factors Centered in Southeast United States
    February 8, 2017

    An effort to map the major risk factors for stroke in the United States — high blood pressure, diabetes and smoking — shows that most of those risk factors center among populations in the Southeast.
  • Injured soccer play holds knee on field. Youth Soccer Coaches Can Prevent Injuries With Just 90 Minutes of Training
    February 8, 2017

    A study from sports medicine experts shows that properly trained coaches can be as effective as professionals when it comes to teaching proper movement techniques.
  • syringe and vials ‘Who Needs a Flu Shot? – Not Me’
    February 8, 2017

    “There has been a little flu, but there will be more…we have not seen the worst of it, flu usually peaks in February,” said an article in The Philadelphia Inquirer in January. Now in February, we think – people better get their flu shots, take vitamin C and heed the public health cautions plastered across the news media. But what impact do these public health messages actually have on us? Are we going to race out and get our flu shot? According to a Drexel University communication researcher, probably not. And it’s not because we think we’re invincible, it’s because we like to think we’re immune to the influences of messages in the mass media — a communications theory termed the “third-person effect.”
  • A person using a ride-hailing service in New York Trump Order Puts Lyft and Uber at Odds, Professors Weigh In on What’s at Stake for Brands
    January 31, 2017

    A poll asked a panel of business school professors to grade Lyft and Uber, app-based, ride-hailing services, on their reactions to Donald Trump’s executive order barring visitors and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries to the United States. Lyft was quick to oppose the ban and donated $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) while Uber was more equivocal and continued to operate despite the publicized Taxi walkout.

  • A warning sign saying "This is a smoke free building." Smoke-Free Policy Cuts Nicotine Detected in Philadelphia Public Housing in Half: Study
    January 30, 2017

    The largest public housing authority to implement comprehensive smoke-free policies, the Philadelphia Housing Authority, is seeing significant positive results related to secondhand smoke exposures.
  • Chef Michael Solomonov, Photo credit:Rachel Wisniewski Drexel’s 2017 Philly Chef Conference Turns Lens to National Restaurant Industry Stage
    January 26, 2017

    The role of a chef is always expanding. National food issues and trends are transforming how America eats and drinks. On March 5 – 6, the 2017 Philly Chef Conference will bring together the big names and rising stars in the Philadelphia-area restaurant scene for a food-focused, academic- and career-minded series of discussions—from developing and retaining talent in the kitchen to restaurant analytics and the current state of food law—in hopes of preparing chefs to face these ever-evolving set of challenges. 
  • A collection of different beers. In Philly, the More Places to Buy Alcohol, the More Violence
    January 24, 2017

    Violence increases in areas where there are high densities of stores where alcoholic beverages can be purchased and carried out, according to a new study by Drexel University researchers partnered with the City of Philadelphia.
  • A view downtown in Fortaleza, Brazil. Drexel-Led Study Into the Impact of Urban Living on Health Awarded $12 Million Grant
    January 24, 2017

    Awarded $12 million by the Wellcome Trust as part of the its new Our Planet, Our Health initiative. The research network led by Drexel’s Ana Diez Roux will explore the impact of urbanization and urban policies on the health and environmental sustainability of Latin American cities and how lessons learned there can be applied to cities worldwide.
  • Saint Lucifer Jalapeno Spice Drexel’s Food Lab Gets Spicy with New Collaboration
    January 20, 2017

    St. Lucifer Foods Co. LLC. headed by two Philadelphia-based culinary entrepreneurs, created their company’s first spice blend with a broad goal to make anything it seasoned, taste better. Creators Ted Ebert and Tom Hewell aimed to portray ‘The Glory of Hot’ – and their masterful blend of garlic, salt, vinegar and fiery habanero peppers, achieved just that. But, as a single spice blend, getting adequate space on the grocery shelves became a problem. To build out their spice family, they turned to students in The Drexel Food Lab and Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management to turn up the imagination, testing and creation process of their second spice blend.

  • photo of Alison Young, Eisenhower Fellow Drexel’s Alison Young Named Eisenhower Fellow, Will Study Gender Equity of Public Sector in G20 Countries
    January 18, 2017

    Drexel University’s Alison Young, executive director of the Institute for Strategic Leadership in the LeBow College of Business, was one of 20 U.S. leaders from government, business and civil society to be selected as a 2017 Eisenhower Fellow. The fellows are some of the leading minds in education policy, consumer protection, agriculture, diplomacy, defense, education, health, media, immigrant integration and public service.

  • A group of women wearing visors and buttons with red ribbons for HIV awareness. Must-See-TV: Educational Shows that Entertain Have Greater Impact on Faithful Viewers
    January 17, 2017

    A study of viewing audiences shows that the television programs most effective at imparting an educational message about social behaviors are the ones that keep people watching engaged and coming back for more.
  • sink Could Low-Flow Create High Risk? EPA Taps Drexel to Study Water Quality Impact of Conservation Practices
    January 12, 2017

    As public awareness of the need for water conservation, and new water-saving technology, have become increasingly effective at stemming excess water use, new questions are surfacing about how our plumbing, which was built to handle a regular flow of water, might now be a risk factor for bacterial and chemical contamination. In hopes of preventing future public health crises related to the systems that carry and treat our water, the Environmental Protection Agency is tasking a team of researchers, led by Drexel University, with a $2 million project to bring together existing and new experimental data on building plumbing—the stretch of pipes that takes water from main to tap—into a risk assessment tool that can guide new water use and safety regulations.  
  • cyber defense Drexel Team Eyes Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition
    January 11, 2017

    Drexel University is preparing to field its first intercollegiate team in cybersecurity. A dozen students have been in training since the summer, coached by professionals from Susquehanna International Group, LLC, to ready themselves for the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition—a national contest that pits students against hackers and a variety of digital dilemmas they might face in the cybersecurity field. Drexel and SIG are partnering to enter a team in the competition for the first time. 
  • Rendering of an x-ray baby with a brain inside Drug Shown to Aid Injured Adult Brains May Exacerbate Cognitive Problems in Children
    January 10, 2017

    Study suggests the pediatric brain responds differently to traumatic brain injury treatment that targets inflammation.
  • A Latino couple visiting with a physician. Study: Obamacare Benefitted Latinos, But Disparities Remain
    January 9, 2017

    A new study found that the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, helped improve access and utilization of health care for Latinos, but the benefits varied by heritage group and persistent disparities remain.
  • An infographic showing the differences in public health voting by region, gender and political party, citing numbers from the story. Democrat Senators Vote for Public Health Policies 4 Times More Often Than Republicans: Study
    January 9, 2017

    Polarization in the Senate was displayed in a recent study that found a 67-percentage- point split between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to voting for public health policies endorsed by the American Public Health Association.
  • Skyline over top of a row home neighborhood. As Neighborhood Status Falls, Cardiovascular Disease Risk Among Black Residents Spikes
    January 4, 2017

    A Drexel University-led study found that significant increases in cardiovascular disease was linked to black residents of neighborhood with lower socioeconomic status and higher levels of violence and disorder.
  • corn People Aren't The Only Beneficiaries of Power Plant Carbon Standards
    January 4, 2017

    When the Environmental Protection Agency finalized the Clean Power Plan in 2015 it exercised its authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions to protect public welfare. The Plan, now the focus of escalating debate, also put the nation on course to meet its goals under the Paris Climate Agreement. Given that other pollutants are emitted from power plants—along with carbon dioxide—research has shown that carbon emission standards for the power sector benefit human health. New research released today shows that they would also benefit crops and trees.
  • Photo of a person searching on Google What Do Google Search Queries Reveal About Brand Attitudes?
    January 4, 2017

    It has been widely thought that brand search volume — the counts of queries that a search engine receives from users that include specific brand names, like “iPhone” — can predict sales for that brand. Google makes this information available to marketers for free through Google Trends, an application that allows anyone to see how frequently popular brand names are searched, and it has become a valuable tool for marketers. But new research from Drexel University, Brigham Young University and Google shows there is a lot more to consider when looking at the large number of queries that include brand names.

  • 1985 Aerial View of Drexel University Pearlstein Gallery Celebrates 125 Years with ‘Drexel & the City’ Exhibition
    January 4, 2017

    In honor and celebration of Drexel University’s 125th anniversary, the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery will present a new exhibition showcasing the influences of art, science and industry that have shaped the university’s past and continue to inspire its future. The exhibit, ‘125 Years: Drexel & the City’, will run from Jan. 12 through March 19 – with the opening reception taking place on Jan. 12, from 5-7 p.m. in the Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert Street).

  • Message Regarding Academic Freedom, Freedom of Speech and the Need for Inclusivity and Respect
    December 29, 2016

    The social media comments over winter break by George Ciccariello-Maher, Associate Professor of Politics and Global Studies at Drexel, have precipitated a heated public dialogue. The issue has caught the attention of national media and put Drexel in the spotlight. As University leaders, we understand that people have very different perspectives and opinions on such matters; it is our duty to ensure that all members of our community feel truly welcome and can participate in an inclusive learning environment. Instances such as this one both test and strengthen Drexel’s fundamental dedication to the principles of academic freedom and freedom of expression.

  • Response to Professor George Ciccariello-Maher’s Tweet
    December 25, 2016

    Drexel became aware today of Associate Professor George Ciccariello-Maher's inflammatory tweet, which was posted on his personal Twitter account on Dec. 24, 2016. While the University recognizes the right of its faculty to freely express their thoughts and opinions in public debate, Professor Ciccariello-Maher's comments are utterly reprehensible, deeply disturbing, and do not in any way reflect the values of the University.
  • McMichael Students holding up posters as a thank you for Promise Neighborhood grant Drexel and Philadelphia Awarded Multi-Million, Multi-Year Promise Neighborhood Grant
    December 21, 2016

    Drexel University President John Fry, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Superintendent William Hite, PhD, community members and area elected officials gathered at Morton McMichael Elementary School on Dec. 21 to officially announce that the community surrounding Drexel in West Philadelphia has won the 2016 Promise Neighborhoods Program Implementation Grant Competition. Drexel was the lead applicant of the grant, on which the City of Philadelphia, The School District of Philadelphia and several other area groups and non-profits also partnered.

  • A microscopic image of a tumor cell migrating through collagen. The Way You Move: Tumor Cells Move Differently Than Normal Ones
    December 20, 2016

    A new study by a Drexel biology professor determined that tumor cells can’t move the same way that normal cells do to get through tight squeezes in the body, opening up the potential for future, targeted therapies.
  • A police car at an intersection Black Males Nearly 3 Times as Likely to Die Due to Police Action, Study Finds
    December 20, 2016

    A Drexel public health researcher used a population health view to describe disparities in the death of males in the United States due to legal intervention. He found that black males are almost three times as likely to die as their white peers.
  • Dan M. Filler, Kline Law Dean Drexel Names Daniel M. Filler Dean of Thomas R. Kline School of Law
    December 13, 2016

    Drexel University has named Daniel M. Filler, JD, dean of the Thomas R. Kline School of Law. A highly accomplished legal scholar, practitioner and academic, Filler will ensure Kline Law’s position as a national leader in training law students to be resourceful advocates, while expanding the reach of its programs to attorneys and legal scholars around the world.