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Three A.J. Drexel Autism Institute Research Projects Funded by Eagles Autism Challenge

On World Autism Day (April 2) the Eagles Autism Challenge announced eight projects to be funded after being evaluated by an independent scientific advisory board comprised of top autism researchers. Of the eight total projects funded, three will be led by researchers from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute.

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  • Philadelphia Aerial View Amtrak, Drexel and Brandywine Select Team to Develop Joint Master Plan
    May 27, 2014

    Amtrak, Drexel University and Brandywine Realty Trust have selected Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), in association with Parsons Brinckerhoff, OLIN, and HR&A Advisors to develop a comprehensive joint master plan for the area around Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station.

  • Fulbright Scholars 2014 Drexel Students Offered Fulbright Grants
    May 22, 2014

    For the second consecutive year a record-breaking seven Drexel students and alumni have been offered study and research grants by the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
  • Drexel seal, commencement stage Drexel Announces 2014 Honorary Degree Recipients
    May 22, 2014

    More than 5,000 students will graduate from Drexel University at its 127th Commencement on June 13 and 14 in five separate ceremonies. Drexel will award 20 honorary degrees to prominent individuals distinguished in their fields including NBC News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell, legendary architect Robert A.M. Stern and MIT professor Robert Langer—the most cited engineer in history.

  • Daniel Korschun, assistant professor at Drexel's LeBow College of Business Corporate Social Responsibility Leads to Better Customer Service
    May 21, 2014

    Currently accepted wisdom in the corporate world is that in order to motivate frontline employees who serve customers, corporations need to increase their salary, make them feel more positive about the company, or give them more explicit instructions on how to interact with customers. A new study led by Drexel University’s Daniel Korschun, PhD, an assistant professor at the LeBow College of Business, examines how frontline employees respond to corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities such as charitable giving, environmental programs and ethical practices.

  • Students of the Close School at eBay headquarters Close School Announces Degrees
    May 20, 2014

    Drexel University’s Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship has announced the launch of a bachelor's degree program in entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as three entrepreneurship minors, including social entrepreneurship, health innovations and energy innovation.The Close School is the first freestanding school of entrepreneurship in the nation outside of a business school to offer its own degrees.

  • U.S. Labor Secretary to Speak at Drexel Law Commencement
    May 19, 2014

    U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez will speak at the sixth commencement ceremony for Drexel University’s School of Law on Wednesday, May 21.
  • belly band prototype Drexel Researchers Develop Smart Fabric Belly Band
    May 19, 2014

    Tummy snugging maternity wear could soon be giving expecting parents peace of mind in addition to stylishly securing waistlines. Researchers at Drexel University are combining fashion design with wireless technology to produce a belly band that will be able to monitor uterine contractions and fetal heart rate in real time.

  • Modern-Day Slavery Expert and Author E. Benjamin Skinner to Speak at Drexel
    May 15, 2014

    There are more slaves in the world today than at any time in history, according to human trafficking expert and author E. Benjamin Skinner in his book "A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery." Skinner will join Drexel University on Wednesday, May 28, to speak about global slavery and his experiences reporting from dozens of countries in which slavery flourishes.
  • Dan Etheridge Dan Etheridge Rankin Scholar in Residence
    May 14, 2014

    This May students in The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design will have the opportunity to study under one of the more innovative producers in television and film today. Dan Etheridge, Los Angeles-based producer most recently esteemed for turning out the Veronica Mars series and movie, will serve as one of Drexel University’s 2014 Rankin Scholars in Residence.
  • Rebekah Quasny puts the finishing touches on her collection to be shown at the annual senior fashion show. Senior Designs Hit the Runway at Drexel’s Annual Fashion Show, June 7
    May 13, 2014

    With influences ranging from a rainy night in Paris to art nouveau and marine life, the collections of 32 graduating fashion design students will hit the runway at the Drexel University’s Annual Senior Fashion Show on Saturday, June 7, presented by the Fashion Design and Design & Merchandising programs in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.
  • A high-resolution digital image of the face of Kryptoglanis shajii A Tiny, Toothy Catfish with Bulldog Snout Defies Classification
    May 13, 2014

    Kryptoglanis shajii is a strange fish – and the closer scientists look, the stranger it gets. This small subterranean catfish sees the light of day and human observers only rarely, when it turns up in springs, wells and flooded rice paddies in the Western Ghats mountain region of Kerala, India. Scientists at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University have recently provided a detailed description of this fish's bizarre bone structures.
  • Crew 2014 Dad Vail Drexel Crew Repeats as Dad Vail Champs
    May 12, 2014

    Drawing on the depth of its performance as a team, Drexel Crew successfully defended its overall points title at the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta. The Dragons earned four medals and both the men’s and women’s teams placed third, but their combined point totals were enough to edge out Bucknell, Massachusetts and more than 100 other teams on the Schuylkill River in the largest collegiate regatta in the country.

     

  • Men's Lacrosse v. Penn(NCAA) Drexel Men's Lacrosse Tops Penn in NCAAs
    May 12, 2014

    Drexel scored three goals in a matter of 11 seconds just before halftime to seize momentum in a 16-11 NCAA Tournament win over University City rival Penn. The Dragons, winners of nine straight, led by as much as seven goals en route to a victory in their first appearance in the national tournament.

  • Last Chance to See 2014 World Press Photo Exhibition at Drexel
    May 9, 2014

    "Powerful images of conflict, hope and daily life” (Associated Press) are currently on display as part of an exhibition of nearly 150 prize-winning photos from the 57th Annual World Press Photo competition, the world’s largest and most prestigious annual international press photography contest, which made its United States debut at Drexel University.

  • 3101 Market Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment Seed Grants
    May 8, 2014

    Reducing carbon emissions, improving efficiency of the power grid and using ultrasound to treat contaminated water are just a few of the research goals being pursued by the first round of projects funded by the A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment. In all six projects received seed funding totaling $270,000 to investigate topics related to environmental protection and sustainability.
  • Rendering of The Study Hotel in University City Hospitality 3 to Build The Study Hotel at University City
    May 5, 2014

    Study Hotels, the unique lifestyle concept developed by Paul McGowan of Hospitality 3 to deliver high-quality, full-service lodging to university markets, is expanding to Philadelphia’s dynamic University City district.

  • Dana and David Dornsife and Shannon Marquez, PhD, with children and friends at Kechema Water Point in Ethiopia, a World Vision WASH project site. Drexel Establishes Dornsife Global Development Scholars Program
    May 5, 2014

    A new program leverages a partnership between Drexel and World Vision in 10 countries in eastern, western and southern Africa where World Vision and benefactors Dana and David Dornsife have ongoing water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects.
  • Men's Lacrosse Dragons Win CAA Lacrosse Championship
    May 3, 2014

    Rookie Cole Shafer gave Drexel its first Colonial Athletic Association Men's Lacrosse Championship with a goal in the triple overtime against Hofstra in the title game. The win punches Drexel's ticket to the NCAA Tournament.

  • Ryan Belka Lacrosse Beats Towson in CAA Semifinals
    May 1, 2014

    Trailing by three goals in the fourth quarter, Drexel Men’s Lacrosse rallied to a 11-10 victory in overtime against Towson in the semifinals of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. Junior Ryan Belka scored the game-winner a minute and 27 seconds into overtime. The Dragons will face Hofstra on Saturday, May 3 for the CAA title.

  • Juell F., a Boston member of Witnesses to Hunger, with her daughter Witnesses to Hunger Photo Exhibit Returns to Boston City Hall
    April 29, 2014

    Mothers caring for young children on limited incomes, who are part of the groundbreaking “Witnesses to Hunger” program, will reunite for a photo exhibit and events at Boston’s City Hall this May. They will participate in vital discussions addressing the health impacts of poverty and on critical issues affecting mothers and children in commemoration of Mother’s Day.

  • 2014 CAA Lacrosse semifinals
    April 28, 2014

    Riding the momentum of a six-game winning streak, Drexel Men’s Lacrosse will enter the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament as the No. 2 seed and host the Towson Tigers in a semifinal match-up at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30.
  • Seniors from Drexel’s Inaugural Product Design Class Create Prototypes that Solve Real-World Problems
    April 28, 2014

    The first graduating class of product design majors in Drexel’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design will display their final projects as part of the program’s senior show on May 30.

  • Nancy Butler Songer Dr. Nancy Songer Named Dean of Drexel University’s School of Education
    April 24, 2014

    Nancy Butler Songer, PhD, has been named the new dean of the School of Education at Drexel University. Songer will begin her term on August 3.
  • Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren to Receive Westphal Award at Drexel
    April 24, 2014

    Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren will join Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design on May 28 as the recipient of the third annual Westphal Award and the 2014 Design & Merchandising Distinguished Speaker.
  • A multi-nozzle 3D printer, invented by Sun's lab, allows researchers to grow living, 3D models of cancer tumors. Drexel Engineering Lab 3D Printing Cancer Tumors
    April 24, 2014

    Drexel’s Wei Sun, PhD, Albert Soffa chair professor in the College of Engineering, has devised a method for 3D printing tumors that could soon be taking cancer research out of the petri dish.

  • Science Carnival Drexel at Philadelphia Science Festival
    April 23, 2014

    The press of a button triggering a chain reaction of more than 300 energy transfers will serve as the elaborate opening to the 2014 Philadelphia Science Festival. The harbinger of this year’s week of science excitement is a Rube Goldberg machine –a complex device designed to perform a simple task- built by Drexel engineering students with the goal of setting a world record.
  • Generalized additive model estimates of probability of ASD by maternal and paternal age (years) in the Stockholm Youth Cohort. The 95% CIs are indicated by dashed lines. Based on Idring et al., International Journal of Epidemiology Child's Autism Risk Accelerates with Mother's Age Over 30
    April 22, 2014

    A recent study from researchers from the Drexel University School of Public Health in Philadelphia and Karolinska Institute in Sweden provides more insight into how the higher risk of having a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among older parents varies between mothers’ and fathers’ ages, and found that the risk of having a child with both ASD and intellectual disability is larger for older parents.

  • Mobile REACH, the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute's mobile assessment and outreach van Autism Institute Uses Custom-Outfitted Van for Outreach and Clinical Assessments
    April 21, 2014

    The A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University can’t contain its efforts within the walls of a building – so it is now hitting the road with a custom-outfitted van, called Mobile REACH, to extend autism outreach and clinical research activities into the community.
  • ReMix Interactive Music-Driven Light Show Showcases Local Student Talent and a Smartphone App Created with Drexel
    April 21, 2014

    Remix Interactive, a live orchestral performance featuring digitally remixed music and a high-tech light show created and produced by some of Philadelphia’s most talented high school students, will take place as part of the Philadelphia Science Festival on Sunday, April 27. The event will be held at 1:30 p.m. at World Café Live (3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia).
  • Philadelphia Style Icon Grace Kelly Gets a Close-Up at Drexel’s “Style Saturday” Event
    April 17, 2014

    Beloved Philadelphia native and fashion icon Grace Kelly’s star-powered style will captivate audiences once again on Mother’s Day weekend at Drexel University’s “Style Saturday” event, hosted by the recently renamed Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection.
  • Dance as a Healing Art: Performance Pairs Drexel Dance Majors with Local Students with Cerebral Palsy
    April 15, 2014

    Haley Robinson has spent every Tuesday evening over the past six months dancing with William “Billy” Geilfuss. Although Billy isn’t able to say hello or wave to her – in the traditional sense – when she arrives, she can sense his excitement in the way his face lights up. Billy is a non-verbal high school student with cerebral palsy who was paired with Haley as part of a partnership between Drexel University’s dance program in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy in University City.

  • In Child Custody Disputes, LGBT Parents Face Bias in the Courts, New Drexel Review Finds
    April 14, 2014

    Court decisions that favor a heterosexual parent over a gay or lesbian parent in a custody dispute often do not consider important social science research on parenting by gay and lesbian individuals, according to a new review from Drexel University.
  • Drexel's New iPad App Teaches Physics Concepts Using Artifacts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
    April 10, 2014

    “Physics at the Art Museum” is a new iPad app that teaches users about the physics behind art works in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The  mobile iPad app is now available for download, free of charge, from Apple’s App Store. It will also be available through the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s website, www.philamuseum.org.
  • Jose Garces Chef Jose Garces Teams Up with Drexel to Offer Co-op Opportunities for Students
    April 10, 2014

    If you want to eat at a great restaurant, you go to one owned by one of the nation’s leading chefs and restaurateurs, Chef Jose Garces. If you want to learn from one of the greats, you work at his company. Students in Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management now have that opportunity, thanks to a new partnership between the Center and Garces Group, the leading Philadelphia-based hospitality company, which will provide students with cooperative education opportunities.
  • 3401 innovation hub Drexel and Science Center Announce New Collaborative Workspace is Now Accepting Applications
    April 9, 2014

    Philadelphia’s newest shared workspace, the Innovation Center @3401, is accepting applications from tech startups and individuals who need office space and can benefit from a collaborative atmosphere.
  • Academy scientists and a Drexel student collect algae and examine the rocks and water depth in Manatawny Creek as part of the Delaware Watershed Conservation Program. Photo Credit: John Strickler/The Mercury Academy of Natural Sciences Receives Major Grant in Multi-State Program to Protect Drinking Water
    April 3, 2014

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will coordinate and oversee ecological monitoring projects by more than 40 national and regional environmental organizations in eight designated geographic areas in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware. The $3.2 million grant also calls for the Academy to develop baseline water-quality data and to integrate its existing long-term watershed research and monitoring into new datasets and models aimed at targeting specific areas in the Delaware watershed for restoration and conservation.

  • 2014 World Press Photo Exhibition Makes U.S. Debut at Drexel
    April 2, 2014

    An exhibition of 143 of the prize-winning photos from the 57th Annual World Press Photo competition, the world’s largest and most prestigious annual international press photography contest, will makes its U.S. debut at Drexel University from Wednesday, April 30 – Wednesday, May 21.

  • Polar metal oxide Finding Polarized Metals
    April 1, 2014

    Drexel University researchers are turning some of the basic tenets of chemistry and physics upside down to cut a trail toward the discovery of a new set of materials. They’re called “polar metals” and, according to many of the scientific principles that govern the behavior of atoms, they probably shouldn’t exist.
  • “Health on the Go: the Law and Business of mHealth" will explore the fast-growing revolution in the delivery of health care “Health on the Go” Conference to Explore Impact of Mobile Health Apps
    March 26, 2014

    Health care is rapidly moving from the doctor’s office to the palm of the hand, with 500 million people expected to use mobile health apps by 2015. This shift creates tremendous opportunities and risks for entrepreneurs, providers, clinicians and patients. “Health on the Go: the Law and Business of mHealth,” a conference to be held at Drexel University’s School of Law (3320 Market St.) on Friday, April 4, will explore this fast-growing revolution in the delivery of health care.

  • 1960s shoes in compact storage. Photograph by Michael J. Shepherd. Drexel Historic Costume Collection Receives $1 Million Gift from Robert and Penny Fox
    March 26, 2014

    Drexel University’s museum-quality collection of more than 12,000 garments, textiles and accessories has been renamed The Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection in recognition of a $1 million commitment from Robert (Hon. ’13) and Penny Fox (Hon.’13). A ribbon-cutting event and reception will take place in early May.

  • Tianna, a participant in Witnesses to Hunger, reviews some of the program's accomplishments with her children at the program's five-year anniversary exhibit. Witnesses to Hunger Photo Exhibit on Capitol Hill
    March 26, 2014

    “Witnesses to Hunger,” a groundbreaking project featuring the voices and photography of parents and caregivers who have experienced hunger and poverty first-hand, is returning to the nation’s capital on April 3 and 4.

  • Carol Collier Joins Academy of Natural Sciences as Senior Advisor for Watershed Management and Policy
    March 25, 2014

    Carol R. Collier, an experienced leader in regional watershed management and planning, has joined the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University as its Senior Advisor for Watershed Management and Policy. Collier recently retired as Executive Director of the Delaware River Basin Commission, a position she held for more than 15 years.
  • The two partial limb fossils from the ancient sea turtle <i>Atlantochelys mortoni</i> fit together perfectly, leaving little room for doubt that they are from the same bone. This discovery surprised paleontologists because the two halves were discovered at least 163 years apart, defying conventional wisdom that most fossils break down after weeks or months of surface exposure. Paleontologists Assemble Giant Turtle Bone from Fossil Discoveries Made Centuries Apart
    March 25, 2014

    To the surprise of paleontologists, two halves of a turtle bone fit together perfectly, like puzzle pieces. The discovery linked scientists from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and the New Jersey State Museum with their predecessors from the 19th century, while providing new insight into one of the largest turtle species that ever lived.
  • A parking kiosk in University City, Philadelphia, is adjacent to bicycle racks, a bus stop and a subway station. Low Parking Costs May Encourage Automobile Use
    March 24, 2014

    The low cost of parking in many American cities may contribute to urban development that relies on automobile use and undercuts planners’ efforts to increase public transport, according to a new baseline study of comprehensive public parking costs led by the Drexel University School of Public Health.
  • Timmy Graham Artist Timmy Graham, “Father of The Fourth Dimension,” Opens Solo Exhibit at Drexel’s Pearlstein Gallery
    March 24, 2014

    Philadelphia-born artist Timmy Graham will have his first solo exhibition from Tuesday, April 1 – Sunday, April 20 at Drexel University. The exhibition, which is hosted by Drexel’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, will be on display in the URBN Center Annex’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert St.). The gallery is free and open to the public Tuesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

  • Neiman Marcus' Fashion Director Ken Downing Talks Spring Trends, Critiques Student Designs at Drexel
    March 19, 2014

    Fashion visionary Ken Downing, fashion director and senior vice president for American luxury department store Neiman Marcus, will join Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design on Friday, April 11, for a day of conversation about spring trends and the future of fashion. Downing received the second annual Westphal Award in 2013.

  • Cira Tetris Drexel Professor Puts Giant Game of Tetris on Cira Centre
    March 11, 2014

    In a follow-up to the world record-setting game of Pong that kicked off Philly Tech Week in historic fashion last year, Drexel’s Frank Lee, PhD, founder of Drexel’s Entrepreneurial Game Studio is planning an even bigger feat of video game hacking for the opening of this year’s celebration on April 4. A two-sided game of "Tetris," occupying more than 100,000 square feet of Brandywine Realty Trust’s 29-story Cira Centre, will give players a chance to square off from opposite sides of the city.

  • Drexel Professor’s New Film Tells Untold Story of Black American Soldiers in Great Britain during World War II
    March 10, 2014

    During World War II, more than a million African Americans fought in a segregated and discriminatory U.S. military. A landmark new documentary, “Choc'late Soldiers from the USA,” produced by Drexel University writing professor Gregory Cooke, tells the compelling, previously untold story of 140,000 of these African American men and women who were stationed in Great Britain, and how they crossed a racial divide to forge an unexpected bond.

    The film will make its Philadelphia debut at Drexel on Tuesday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Mitchell Auditorium of the Bossone Research Center (3120 Market St.). A question-and-answer session and reception will follow the screening from 8 – 9 p.m.

  • Exterior of Gerri C. LeBow Hall Finanical Times Ranks LeBow Online MBA in Top 15
    March 10, 2014

    Drexel University's Online MBA program in the LeBow College of Business has been ranked 14th best in the world by Financial Times; it is the only online MBA program in Pennsylvania to make the Top 15.
  • St. Baldrick's event Drexel Fraternity Brothers to Shave Heads
    March 7, 2014

    Drexel University’s Sigma Phi Epsilon will host its biggest annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraising and head shaving event this year in the hopes of raising $55,000, more than any past event held by the fraternity, for children’s cancer research.