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Your Neighborhood May Influence Your COVID-19 Risk, Drexel Study Suggests

Markers of the pandemic’s impact – testing rates, positivity ratio (cases among total tests), case rates by overall population and deaths – are clustered in neighborhoods, with low-income and predominantly minority communities experiencing worse outcomes than wealthier and predominantly white neighborhoods. The findings, part of the first research to look at comprehensive neighborhood-level data from March through September 2020 from three large U.S. cities – Chicago, New York and Philadelphia – were published today in Annals of Internal Medicine by researchers from Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health.

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  • Duke Ellington and his band in wool overcoats and tailored dress signify celebrity status, Los Angeles, 1934. Courtesy of Bettmann/CORBIS. How Jazz Influenced Fashion: New Book to be Launched During Jazz Appreciation Month this April
    March 25, 2015

    A new book by Alphonso D. McClendon, an assistant professor in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, entitled Fashion and Jazz: Dress, Identity and Subcultural Improvisation (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015), explores the behaviors, signs and meanings that defined this subculture. The book also addresses Philadelphia’s significant role in jazz history.
  • nanoboiling Using Viruses to Help Water Blow Off Steam
    March 25, 2015

    Legions of viruses that infect the leaves of tobacco plants could be the key to making power plants safer, heating and cooling of buildings more efficient, and electronics more powerful. These tiny protein bundles, which were once a threat to a staple cash crop of the nascent United States in the 1800s, are now helping researchers like Drexel University’s Matthew McCarthy, PhD, better understand and enhance the processes of boiling and condensation.
  • Bicycle lane. Credit: Jim Henderson From Soda Bans to Bike Lanes: Which “Natural Experiments” Really Reduce Obesity?
    March 20, 2015

    Drexel public health researchers published a review of the state of the science on which policy and infrastructure changes have a real impact on obesity prevention.

  • Turning “Us” and “Them” into “We” Again: Former UN Ambassador Discusses American Community at the Constitution Center
    March 19, 2015

    In a public discussion, entitled “Renewing the American “We”: What We Owe James Wilson,”
    Ambassador Joseph M. Torsella (Ret.), distinguished visiting fellow in the Center for Public Policy in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences, will share his thoughts on how we can – and why we must – renew our sense of American community in polarized times and what “forgotten founder” and Pennsylvania native James Wilson has to say about our current situation. The event will take place at the National Constitution Center’s Kirby Auditorium (525 Arch St., Philadelphia) on Wednesday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m.

  • Bartkus' "Beauty and the Beast," 2006-2009. Renowned International Artist Ray Bartkus Exhibits at Drexel
    March 11, 2015

    Storylines, a new exhibition at Drexel University’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert Street) in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, presents the work of Lithuanian-born artist and illustrator Ray Bartkus. Creating immersive environments, Bartkus’s monumental, figurative paintings embrace and engulf viewers, projecting them into compelling, mysterious domains. Shown for the first time in the United States, much of this work has been seen internationally in Lithuania, Poland, Austria Japan and the Netherlands. The exhibition will be on display from Tuesday, April 7 – Sunday, May 24.


  • twinning Researchers Take a Closer Look at How a Material’s Behavior Changes as it Gets Smaller
    March 9, 2015

    To fully understand how nanomaterials behave, one must also understand the atomic-scale deformation mechanisms that determine their structure and, therefore, their strength and function. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, Drexel University and Georgia Tech have engineered a new way to observe and study these mechanisms and, in doing so, have revealed an interesting phenomenon in a well-known material, tungsten. The group is the first to observe atomic-level deformation twinning in body-centered cubic (BCC) tungsten nanocrystals.
  • capacitive yarn Holding Energy By The Threads: Drexel Researchers Spin Cotton Into Capacitive Yarn
    March 5, 2015

    While the pattern for making a wearable fabric battery has already been laid out, it’s now time to select the threads that will turn a textile into an energy storage device. That process is being driven by Drexel University doctoral student Kristy Jost, who’s threaded her way into the forefront of research on conductive yarns.  

  • Women with a tendency for excessive weight gain during development may be more susceptible to developing an eating disorder, Drexel research finds. Elevated Childhood Weight May Increase Susceptibility to Eating Disorders
    March 4, 2015

    A group of researchers at Drexel University, headed up by Michael Lowe, PhD, a clinical psychologist who studies the psychobiology of eating and weight regulation and a professor of psychology in Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences, suggests that actual elevations in body mass during childhood may play a much bigger role in the development of disordered eating than previously thought.
  • Keith Raimondi (L), head bartender at Townsend and an adjunct professor at Drexel, will teach "Mixology and Spirits." Photo credit: BMK Photography. Drexel’s New Mixology and Spirits Class is Open to the Public, Taught by Townsend's Keith Raimondi
    March 4, 2015

    “Spirits and Mixology” is a new class in Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, which is open to a limited number of members of the general public. The class also will explore the history, processes and uses of major spirits, emphasizing the foundations of creating a bar program, calculating recipe costs and implementing proper service guidelines.
  • coding prints Dusting For Cyber Fingerprints: Computer Scientists Use Coding Style to Identify Anonymous Programmers
    February 26, 2015

    A team of computer scientists, led by researchers from Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics, have devised as way to lift the veil of anonymity protecting cybercriminals by turning their malicious code against them. Their method uses a parsing program to break down lines of code, like an English teacher diagraming a sentence, and then another program captures distinctive patterns that can be used to identify its author.
  • Philly Groove Drexel Students to Help Music Publisher Find Its 'Philly Groove'
    February 24, 2015

    Students from Drexel University’s music industry program are breathing life into music tracks that have been silent for more than 40 years. Through a partnership between the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and Reservoir, an independent music publisher based in New York City, a set of unfinished songs recorded on the Philly Groove Records label in the 1970s could find their way onto your playlist this summer.
  • Ben Melman is the co-founder of Booksmart, a concert-booking app. How One Student is Revolutionizing the Concert Booking Process
    February 23, 2015

    Drexel senior Ben Melman has come up with a 21st century solution to the standard and tedious process of booking concerts.
  • The Drexel Storylab's "Insider Access Workshops" will use Drexel's unique archival treasures as inspiration for aspiring writers. What Stories Do You Have to Tell? Drexel’s New Storylab Can Help
    February 20, 2015

    The Drexel Storylab, a new initiative in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of English & Philosophy, aims to help writers of all levels jumpstart the creative process by working with established writers and looking for inspiration in unlikely places. 

  • A memorial for victims who died in incidents of violence in Philadelphia. Photo: Tony Fischer, CC BY 2.0 Drexel Program Helping Violence Victims to Expand Across Philadelphia Hospitals
    February 19, 2015

    More than 25 hospitals nationwide have adopted a public health approach to helping victims of violence with programs that aim to prevent future violent injuries, not just treat them. In Philadelphia, that public health approach is about to reach a much larger public: Healing Hurt People, Drexel's trauma-informed hospital-based violence intervention program, is expanding at an unprecedented city-wide level.
  • Protestors carrying placards at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in New York City in Nov. 2014. #BlackLivesMatter Panel Discussion at Drexel on Police Violence and African American Communities
    February 19, 2015

    During Black History Month, a roundtable discussion will be held at Drexel University on Friday, Feb. 20 from 6 – 8 p.m. to examine police violence against African Americans, the criminal justice system and community responses. The event will be held in Drexel's MacAlister Hall, 2019-2020 (3250 Chestnut St., Philadelphia). It is sponsored by Drexel’s Office of Equality and Diversity.
  • TechGirlz Drexel and TechGirlz to Create Online Game Design Class For Teens
    February 18, 2015

    Recent higher education reports have raised questions about the persistence of inequality in gender representation among college students in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines in the last decade. Employment in the technology sector continues to reflect this disparity. Two local groups are taking steps to reverse this trend by increasing access to tech workshops that encourage young women to pursue careers in STEM-related fields.
  • The largely vacant Delaware Power Station dominates more than 1,000 feet of the Delaware River waterfront. Urban Design and Planning Students from Drexel and Germany Reimagine Philly’s Delaware River Waterfront
    February 12, 2015

    A select handful of Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design students interested in urban design will have the opportunity to generate fresh ideas and create a vision for the future of the Lehigh Viaduct, Delaware Power Station and surrounding Port Richmond area. Along with 15 students and two faculty members from Germany’s TU Dortmund University, which researches and teaches the global intersection between man, nature and technology, the students will participate in an intensive urban infrastructure planning and design process to develop concepts for repurposing this post-industrial infrastructure.
  • A community garden at Drexel's Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships in West Philadelphia Drexel Research Team Connects Urban Design to Public Health
    February 10, 2015

    Faculty in design and public health at Drexel are working together with community-based projects in West Philadelphia. Their projects test the idea that aspects of natural systems can be woven into urban design to improve health.
  • cybersecurity Drexel Cybersecurity Institute And U.S. Army Reserve to Train Next Generation of 'Cyber Soldiers'
    February 10, 2015

    Cyberspace is rapidly becoming the battleground of the 21st century. The prevalence and magnitude of cyber attacks during the 18 months has illuminated the need for sophisticated soldiers and savvy security professionals to fortify the information systems and electronic data on which our nation now depends. This demand has led the U.S. Army Reserve to partner with six academic institutions, including Drexel University, to prepare the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.
  • A sculpture by Chakaia Booker entitled “Handle With Care” (34.5” x 98” x 11”). Poets Create ‘Verbal Sculptures’ Inspired by Chakaia Booker Exhibition at Drexel
    February 5, 2015

    Amidst large-scale sculptures made from recycled tires by contemporary American sculptor and printmaker Chakaia Booker, local poets will create poems, or ‘verbal sculptures,’ inspired by the themes of the artwork at Drexel University during Black History Month. Booker’s Are We There Yet? exhibition of sculptures, paintings and prints explores issues of race, gender, globalization and more.

  • "The hunger, the pain, the depression -- it always comes back. It's like a bird nesting in your head." - study participant Claudia Children's Hunger Born From Mothers' Trauma
    February 3, 2015

    A new Drexel public health study shows that trauma and chronic stress are a largely overlooked part of the picture of why one in five American households with young children live with food insecurity.
  • Shoulder Pads, Mini Skirts and Fanny Packs: 1980s Fashion is Back at Drexel’s “Style Saturday” Event
    February 2, 2015

    “The 1980s was a decade where ‘more was more,” according to Clare Sauro, curator of the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection in Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. On Saturday, Feb. 7, Sauro will open the collection to the public for Luxe Redux: Fashions of the 1980s, a lecture on the over-the-top 1980s fashion trends and a behind-the-scenes look at items from a decade of luxury and excess.
  • A doctor stands by ready to help as paramedics assist a patient on an ambulance. Hospitals Helping Violence Victims Could Save Millions
    January 26, 2015

    Drexel researchers have  published the first study to systematically look at the economic outcomes of programs that help victims of violence change their lives with a hospital-based intervention.
  • A Nigeria-Cameroon chimp rescued from illegal animal trafficking who now lives at the Limbe Wildlife Center in Cameroon. Credit Paul Sesink Clee Studies of Most Endangered Chimpanzees Show Complex Evolutionary Past, Perilous Future
    January 21, 2015

    A Drexel-led team's complementary analyses of population genetics, geographical distribution and habitat use paint a new picture of the evolutionary past and potentially bleak future of the Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzee, already the most endangered chimp subspecies.
  • The state-of-the-art gait lab is used for research studies of motion in Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions. Runners Get a Step Ahead at Drexel with Comprehensive Gait Assessment
    January 14, 2015

    Drexel now offers a suite of physical therapy and other health services to help runners prevent injury or step up their performance, in addition to recovering from injuries.
  • Pills photo by jamiesrabbits CC BY 2.0 on Flickr Teens Abusing Prescription Pills Are A Growing Concern, Drexel Researchers Say
    January 13, 2015

    Parents and physicians still aren’t doing enough to address the rise of “pharming,” or recreational use and abuse of prescription drugs, among teenagers, according to public health researchers at Drexel University.

  • The new course will provide students with a broad, interdisciplinary overview of critical, historical and practical issues pertaining to branding, marketing and consumerism. New Drexel Course on Affluenza and Consumer Culture is Open to the Public
    January 12, 2015

    As the dust settles after the chaos of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the holiday shopping season, it’s the perfect time to take a closer look at America’s consumer culture, including ‘affluenza,’ the epidemic of overconsumption. In a new course, called “Studying Consumerism,” offered by the Department of Communication in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences, students—and a limited number of alumni and members of the general public—can do just that. The winter term course, which runs from Jan. 5 – March 21, will provide students with a broad overview of critical, historical and practical issues pertaining to consumerism as well as branding and marketing.

  • Aerial view of 30th Street District Amtrak, Drexel and Partners to Host Open House on 30th Street Station District Plan
    January 12, 2015

    Amtrak and its partners in the Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan will host an open house this month to introduce the project to the public and solicit community input. The event is an opportunity for interested parties to learn about the project, meet the team, ask questions and provide input.
  • Charles Spencer Charles Spencer, Chronicler of British History and Brother of Princess Diana, to Visit Drexel on Book Tour
    January 9, 2015

    A civil war that led to the beheading of a king, an 11-year discontinuation of the monarchy, followed by a bloody man-hunt for the judges who signed his death warrant – are all part of one of the most tumultuous times in England’s history and the subject of “Killers of the King,” the latest book by Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer. Spencer, the brother of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, is both part of England’s recent history and a renowned chronicler of its more distant eras. On Jan. 22, he will visit Drexel University to talk about his book and also about what it’s like to run the Spencer family estate of Althorp —a real-life Downton Abbey— in the 21st Century. This event is part of a lecture series sponsored by the Kal & Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies.

  • Ellen Kullman DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman Named Drexel's 2015 Engineering Leader of the Year
    January 7, 2015

    Drexel University’s College of Engineering will honor Ellen Kullman, chair of the Board and CEO of DuPont, as its 2015 Engineering Leader of the Year. Kullman, who will be recognized at a ceremony on Feb. 23, will join an esteemed group of engineering trailblazers who have received the award. 

  • A sculpture by Chakaia Booker entitled “Handle With Care” (34.5” x 98” x 11”). Used Tires Become Beautiful Sculptures that Explore Race, Gender and More in New Exhibition
    January 7, 2015

    Recycled tires become complex assemblages that explore issues of race, gender, globalization and more in a new exhibition of work by contemporary American sculptor and printmaker Chakaia Booker, hosted by Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. The exhibition, entitled Are We There Yet?, features sculpture, paintings and prints and will be on display in Drexel’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery from Tuesday, Jan. 13 through Sunday, March 8.
  • Casting for the next season of America's Next Top Model will be held at Drexel on Jan. 6. CW Philly to Hold Casting Call for America's Next Top Model at Drexel
    January 5, 2015

    Do you think you have what it takes to be America’s next top model? Here is your chance to prove your talent! The CW hit, America’s Next Top Model, is seeking new contestants to compete for a chance to take on the modeling industry. The CW Philly 57 will hold a local casting call for the show on Tuesday, Jan. 6, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Drexel University's Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.

  • A group of Drexel students are designing a transportation concept for Sydney, Australia as part of Disney's Imaginations contest. Students Vying to Design Disney-Themed Urban Transportation System
    December 22, 2014

    Campfire stories, high-speed trains and out-of-body experiences are all part of Drexel University students’ plan for a Disney-themed transportation system of the future set in Sydney, Australia. This vision is one of six finalists in Disney’s Imaginations design competition. The students will present their idea to a panel of judges in hopes of taking home a $3,000 first-place prize and the opportunity to intern at Walt Disney Imagineering –the creative design team behind those world-famous theme parks and attractions.
  • War of the Worlds Philly-Style 'War of the Worlds' In Line For Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge Funding
    December 22, 2014

    The next act for the professor who put Pong and Tetris on Brandywine Realty Trust’s 29-story Cira Centre office building could be an alien invasion of Philadelphia. Drexel University’s Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, and Adrienne Mackey, an adjunct professor in the College and director of Swim Pony Performing Arts, have a vision of turning Philadelphia’s iconic spaces into a citywide videogame inspired by H.G. Wells’s science fiction classic, “War of the Worlds.”
  • Drexel will host a summer institute on the history of design, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Westphal College Receives Drexel’s Largest-Ever NEH Grant, Will Host First Summer Institute on the History of Design
    December 15, 2014

    A new summer institute at Drexel University will offer an intensive learning experience in the history of design in order to prepare educators to explore and teach the subject. The four-week institute, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) — the largest in Drexel’s history from the NEH — will be held at Drexel’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design from July 6-31.
  • Chart shows increased odds of poor health outcomes for young children living in families whose SNAP benefits (food stamps) were reduced or lost due to increased earned income, compared to families receiving consistent benefits Report Shows Challenges for Working Families in Transition Off of Public Benefits
    December 12, 2014

    A cliff effect—families losing benefits in the transition out of poverty—is the focus of a new policy report released today by Drexel’s Center for Hunger-Free Communities and Children’s HealthWatch based on data collected in Philadelphia from 2005 through 2013.
  • biosafety How Long Can Ebola Survive Outside the Body?
    December 11, 2014

    The Ebola virus travels from person to person through direct contact with infected body fluids. But how long can the virus survive on glass surfaces or countertops? How long can it live in wastewater when liquid wastes from a patient end up in the sewage system? In an article published Dec. 9 in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters, Charles Haas, PhD, LD Betz professor in Drexel University’s College of Engineering and head of the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department, and a team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, review the latest research to find answers to these questions.
  • The second annual museum leadership conference at Drexel is entitled "Cultural Properties: Ownership, Stewardship and Responsibility." Experts Discuss the Meaning of Ownership and Stewardship of Cultural Property at Drexel’s Annual Museum Leadership Conference
    December 4, 2014

    This December, Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, in association with its new graduate program in museum leadership, will host a two-day conference to discuss these questions and others that loom large in the museum world.
  • A turkey, carrots, cranberries and other side dishes are placed on a table for a holiday meal. Top Tips for Holiday Cooking and Eating
    December 4, 2014

    Drexel experts in nutrition sciences, culinary arts, hospitality and food science are available this season to offer their expert advice on making your celebratory cuisine tasty, warm, healthy or a combination of all three.
  • Drexel researchers are helping Alley Pond park in New York City join the U.S. Forest Service's Smart Forest Network, in hopes of better understanding urban ecosystems. Drexel Helps New York City Park Plug Into Research
    December 3, 2014

    From air and soil temperature to precipitation to solar radiation and phenology, data collected at Alley Pond Park in Queens, New York by a collaboration of scientists from Drexel University, U.S. Forest Service, NYC Parks and Recreation may contribute to making urban forests—and perhaps their rural/wildland cousins too—healthier and more resilient. 

  • Puppy Pawlooza Puppy Pawlooza: Stressed Students Can Relax with Therapy Dogs
    December 1, 2014

    It’s that time of year again when puppies take over Drexel University. Keeping with the recently established University tradition, the beloved Puppy Pawlooza event will be held prior to finals week to offer students the cutest form of stress release.
  • The d&mShop offers unique, personal gifts for friends and family, including jewelry, scarves and stationary. Support Local and Student Artists with One-of-a-Kind Gifts from Drexel’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop
    December 1, 2014

    Shop for unique, personalized gifts for family and friends at the d&mShop, a retail laboratory run by the Design & Merchandising students within the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University. From jewelry to scarves to stationary, the shop features one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted items created, developed and/or selected by students, faculty, staff and alumni of Drexel University, as well as local artists and boutiques.
  • conductive clay Shaping the Future of Energy Storage With Conductive Clay
    November 26, 2014

    In the race to find materials of ever increasing thinness, surface area and conductivity to make better performing battery electrodes, a lump of clay might have just taken the lead. Materials scientists from Drexel University’s College of Engineering invented the clay, which is both highly conductive and can easily be molded into a variety of shapes and sizes. It represents a turn away from the rather complicated and costly processing—currently used to make materials for lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors—and toward one that looks a bit like rolling out cookie dough with results that are even sweeter from an energy storage standpoint.
  • Maps show the prevalence of diabetes in Philadelphia zip codes in 2002 and 2010. Study Maps How City Neighborhoods Affect Diabetes Risk
    November 25, 2014

    A new Drexel study published this month in the journal Advances in Preventive Medicine adds new insight into the role of the physical and social environment on the risk of diabetes, zip code by zip code throughout Philadelphia.
  • The Math Forum-CueThink partnership brings together nationally recognized math education resources with an engaging new social learning platform for math education. Math Forum and CueThink Partner to Emphasize Social Interaction in Math Education
    November 24, 2014

    The Math Forum, the leading online math education community and a unit of Drexel University’s School of Education, and CueThink, a peer-to-peer iPad application for math problem solving, announced a partnership that will integrate the Math Forum’s award-winning problem-solving programs with CueThink’s social math learning platform. The partners aim to create new opportunities for teachers to address standards for developing mathematical thinking and to use technology strategically to enhance learning.
  • Entrepreneurial Game Studio Drexel's Entrepreneurial Game Studio Gets Boost From State Economic Development Grant
    November 20, 2014

    Drexel University’s Entrepreneurial Game Studio (EGS) is on its way to becoming a proving ground for enterprising young game developers. As part of a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the studio, which was founded about two years ago by Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in Westphal College, will take the next step toward becoming an educational business incubator for undergraduate students pursuing careers in game design.
  • water research Drexel, NJIT and Rowan to Concert Water Research Efforts
    November 18, 2014

    Researchers from Drexel University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rowan University are aligning themselves with government, private and advocacy groups in hopes of solving challenges that affect the region’s water resources. The research alliance, supported by scholars from all three academic institutions, will function as a data resource, a policy think tank and a lab for creating new technology.
  • An emergency responder exits an ambulance From Big-Data Injury Prevention to Mapping Travel for Prenatal Care: Drexel Public Health Research at APHA 2014
    November 18, 2014

    Researchers from Drexel University presented research on a wide range of public health topics emphasizing urban health challenges, geographic methods in public health, community resilience and more, at the 142nd annual meeting and exposition of the American Public Health Association in New Orleans.
  • Drexel President John A. Fry in Drexel's Main Building Drexel President John Fry to Chair Gov.-Elect Tom Wolf’s Transition Team
    November 14, 2014

    Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has announced Drexel University President John A. Fry will serve as chair of his transition team.
  • Map of Pennsylvania with counties shaded to show number of individuals with autism receiving services in each county Pennsylvania Autism Census Highlights Dramatic Increase in Numbers
    November 13, 2014

    Pennsylvania’s Autism Services, Education, Resources & Training Collaborative (ASERT), has released the Pennsylvania Autism Census Update for 2014, which estimates that there are over 55,000 children and adults with autism receiving services, almost triple the number initially identified in 2009.