Drexel Researchers Will Develop Artificial Intelligence Technologies for Adult Learning and Online Education as Part of $220 Million NSF Initiative
July 29, 2021
Researchers in Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics, who are studying artificial intelligence as a tool for teaching, have been selected to join a $220 million National Science Foundation initiative to expand the use of AI technology in areas ranging from agriculture and food supply chains to adult and online learning. Drexel’s team will join AI researchers from around the country in an effort to use the technology to make education more accessible for Americans who are adapting to rapidly changing workplaces. The NSF’s Adult Learning & Online Education (ALOE) Institute will be supported by $20 million over five years.
Drexel University and University of Arizona Partner for Collaborative Complementary and Integrative Health Degree and Certification
July 23, 2021
Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions announced that it will offer a collaborative degree and certification program in Complimentary and Integrative Health with The Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine (AWCIM) at the University of Arizona starting Fall 2021. The Complementary and Integrative Health (CIH)/ Integrative Health or Wellness (IHW) Coaching Pathway Program is designed for qualified students who wish to pursue a Master of Science (MS) in Complementary and Integrative Health at Drexel, while concurrently pursuing an Integrative Health or Wellness Coaching certification from AWCIM.
Drexel Medicine Resumes Management of Internal Medicine Practice and Student Health Center
July 13, 2021
The Drexel Internal Medicine practice at 219 North Broad Street and Drexel University’s Student Health Center have rejoined the clinical practices of the College of Medicine. Previously managed by Tower Health Medical Group, the practices returned to Drexel effective July 1, which ensures continuation of these needed services and reflects Drexel’s mission-driven approach to student and population health in Philadelphia.
President John Fry To Serve As the CAA Representative on the NCAA Division I Board of Directors
July 12, 2021
Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner Joe D’Antonio has announced that Drexel University President John Fry has been selected as the Conference’s representative on the NCAA Division I Board of Directors.
Drexel Establishes Nation’s First Minor in Pediatric Engineering for Students in STEM and Health Fields
June 25, 2021
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.
Brandywine Realty Trust and Drexel University Break Ground on The West Tower at Schuylkill Yards
June 24, 2021
Brandywine Realty Trust and Drexel University marked the commencement of construction of 3025 JFK, the first vertical development within Schuylkill Yards – a $3.5 billion innovation neighborhood in University City – with a groundbreaking ceremony on June 24 featuring state and local dignitaries and project partners.
Drexel’s Urban Health Collaborative Launches COVID-19 Data Dashboard on Vaccination Disparities
June 17, 2021
The Urban Health Collaborative, housed in Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health, recently published its “COVID-19 Health Inequities in Cities” dashboard – which exposes deeply intrenched inequities in cities across the United States through the lens of comprehensive data on COVID-19 outcomes. Unlike other COVID-19 dashboards that look at data at broader scales, the Drexel website offers data on inequities at the individual (racial/ethnic disparities), neighborhood (using zip code and social vulnerability measures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), and city (characteristics such as overcrowding, health infrastructure, etc.) levels on COVID-19 outcomes including vaccination rates.
Drexel University Names Bucknell’s Maisha Kelly New Director of Athletics
June 16, 2021
Following a national search, Drexel University has named Maisha Kelly, a seasoned collegiate athletics administrator with deep Philadelphia roots, as the University’s new director of Athletics. Kelly, currently serving as Bucknell University’s senior associate director of athletics and senior woman administrator, will start at Drexel in mid-July and will succeed Eric Zillmer, PsyD, director of Athletics, who decided to step down in the spring after more than two decades of incredible service.
States’ Developmental Disability Services Lacking for Autistic Adults and Their Families
May 25, 2021
In the latest National Autism Indicators Report, researchers from Drexel University’s A.J. Drexel Autism Institute found families of autistic adults who use Developmental Disability services face gaps in services and supports, lack of emergency planning and barriers to community participation.
Drexel Names New Center on Racism and Health, Center Director
May 20, 2021
Drexel University will officially establish and name a new center on racism and health as The Ubuntu Center on Racism, Global Movements and Population Health Equity. The Center was made possible through a generous gift from philanthropists Dana and David Dornsife to the School earlier this academic year. Opening in Fall 2021 and housed in the University’s Dornsife School of Public Health, the Center will be led by inaugural director Sharrelle Barber, ScD, MPH, an assistant professor at Dornsife.
Physician-scientist and mRNA Researcher Drew Weissman, MD, PhD to Address Graduates at Drexel’s College of Medicine Commencement
May 13, 2021
An international leader in RNA biology, Drew Weissman, MD, PhD, a professor of medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, will address the graduates of Drexel’s College of Medicine during its commencement ceremony on May 18.
Drexel and Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Celebrate Opening of New Garden
May 12, 2021
Drexel University and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society celebrated the completion and opening of a new garden for the Drexel community and the public. Drexel President John Fry and PHS President Matt Rader marked the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 12. Attendees at the event were limited and COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines were enforced.
Study: Parks Not Only Safe, but Essential During the Pandemic
May 12, 2021
Parks played an important role for people seeking respite from the toll of social isolation during the pandemic, and according to new research from Drexel University, they did so without increasing the spread of COVID-19. The study looked at how people used 22 parks in Philadelphia and New York during the height of the pandemic and it found no strong correlation between park use and the number of confirmed cases in surrounding neighborhoods.
Senior U.S. District Court Judge C. Darnell Jones, II and Philadelphia Judge Frederica Massiah-Jackson Will Address Kline School of Law Graduates at Commencement
May 11, 2021
Philadelphia Judge Frederica Massiah-Jackson will address the 2020 graduates and Senior U.S. District Court Judge C. Darnell Jones, II will address the 2021 graduates of the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law at commencement on Wednesday, May 19, at the La Salle University’s McCarthy Stadium (1900 W. Onley Avenue).
Drexel Research Awarded for Potential to Improve Heart and Ear Health in Children
May 6, 2021
Two Drexel researchers received prestigious Individual Biomedical Research Awards from The Hartwell Foundation to support their work aimed at benefitting the health of children of the United States. Each award includes $100,000 in research funding per year for three years.
Study: Gender Pay Gaps in Nonprofits Are Even Greater When There Is Room for Salary Negotiations
May 4, 2021
With increased media attention and political campaigns focusing on the gender pay gap, the fact that women — on average — are paid less than men, has become an important public discussion. While much of the focus has been on the corporate sector, a new study that looked at executive compensation at nonprofit organizations found that women earn 8.9% less than men with the gap becoming greater when there is room for salary negotiations.
Medical Device Startup Nephria Bio to Use Drexel's MXene Filter Material in Wearable Artificial Kidney Technology
April 29, 2021
Drexel University’s MXene material is one step closer to transforming the lives of people suffering from end-stage kidney disease. Nephria Bio, Inc., a U.S.-based spin-off of the South Korean medical device company EOFlow Co., Ltd., has signed a licensing agreement with the University to use the two-dimensional material, discovered at Drexel, as a filter in a wearable artificial kidney device it is developing. The technology could allow many of the millions of people suffering from end-stage kidney disease worldwide to move more freely, without spending hours each week anchored to large dialysis machines.
Defense Mechanisms in Aphids Can Become a Double-edged Sword, Sharpened by the Seasons
April 20, 2021
Evolution is unfolding in real time within many natural animal populations and researchers are now observing how this influences biodiversity in the field. In a newly published study in Molecular Ecology a team of Drexel University scientists examined the biological variations in pea aphids, insects that reproduce frequently enough to evolve before our eyes, by tracing the prevalence of their protective endosymbiont, Hamiltonella defensa, which the insects use to ward off parasitoid wasps.
Drexel Helps to Establish First Trade Association for Expanding Research, Development and Commercial Use of MXene Materials
April 19, 2021
A decade after Drexel University researchers made the pathbreaking discovery of a family of versatile, two-dimensional materials, which they dubbed MXenes, the University is helping to establish a global trade association for researchers, manufacturers and companies that are working with the materials. Called the MXene Association, it will serve as the professional body to establish standards and best practices, connect researchers and corporations and promote the research and development involving the materials.
Urban Ethnographer Elijah Anderson to Address Graduates at Drexel’s University-wide Commencement
April 14, 2021
One of the nation’s most influential scholars in the field of urban inequality, Elijah Anderson, will address the class of 2021 at Drexel’s university-wide commencement ceremony on June 11. Provided that health and safety regulations and best practices allow, Drexel University will return to Citizens Bank Park to celebrate the graduating class. The ceremony will be live-streamed.
The Future of Artificial Intelligence Requires the Guidance of Sociology
April 13, 2021
In the race to out-compete other companies– artificial intelligence (AI) design is lacking a deep understanding of what data about humans mean and its relation to equity. Two Drexel University sociologists suggest we pay greater attention to the societal impact of AI, as it is appearing more frequently than ever before.
Stress from Work and Social Interactions Put Women at Higher Risk of Coronary Heart Disease, Drexel Study Suggests
April 9, 2021
Psychosocial stress – typically resulting from difficulty coping with challenging environments – may work synergistically to put women at significantly higher risk of developing coronary heart disease, according to a study by researchers at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health, recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
New Research Shows Disparities Limiting Access to Health Care Services, Including COVID-19 Vaccines, In Pennsylvania’s Underserved Communities
April 5, 2021
Report by AARP Pennsylvania and Drexel University Finds Health Inequities Driven by Geography and Race, Shortage of Health Care Workers, Digital Divide, and Pharmacy Deserts
Your Neighborhood May Influence Your COVID-19 Risk, Drexel Study Suggests
March 29, 2021
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.
Autism Online: A Review of How Autistic People Communicate Virtually
March 15, 2021
Researchers from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute collected and reviewed published research about how autistic youth and adults use the internet to communicate and provide a framework for understanding contributions, gaps and opportunities in online autistic communities.
Drexel Solutions Institute and Merck Launch Leadership Program for Diverse Suppliers
March 10, 2021
Drexel University announced a collaboration with Merck & Co., Inc., on a new initiative that will help diverse business owners enhance their leadership and business acumen and strengthen and grow their companies. The inaugural cohort of the newly launched “Merck Drexel Advanced Leadership Program for Diverse Suppliers (Merck Drexel ALP)” began coursework for the four-month certificate program last week.
Drexel Will Re-Open the Pearlstein Gallery in April to Introduce ‘Breathing Room’
March 1, 2021
Drexel University’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery will re-open on Friday, April 2, 2021 after COVID-19 closed the doors to its contemporary art space for the last year. Fittingly, the Pearlstein Gallery will open with a new exhibition, called Breathing Room, presented in collaboration with local gallery Twelve Gates Arts.
Due to Low Satisfaction with Care Access, Rural Enrollees in Medicare Advantage are Switching to Traditional Medicare
March 1, 2021
More than one out of every 10 seniors (10.5%) enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, also known as a Medicare managed care option, and living in a rural area, switched to traditional Medicare during 2010-2016. The switch was driven primarily due to low satisfaction with care access, according to a study published this week in Health Affairs from researchers at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health.
Founder of Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra Jeri Lynne Johnson to Receive 2021 Woman One Award
February 25, 2021
The Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine will present the Woman One Award to Jeri Lynne Johnson, Founder and Artistic Director of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, on April 26, 2021, in a livestreamed webcast from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Raynier Institute & Foundation Establishes Fund to Support Minority Entrepreneurship at Drexel and the Science Center
February 18, 2021
The Raynier Institute & Foundation, a Seattle-based philanthropic organization with Philadelphia roots, has partnered with Drexel University and the University City Science Center to improve access to capital for minority entrepreneurs in the area. The institutions will collaboratively manage a seed fund created by a $500,000 grant from the Foundation, which was founded by an heir of Philadelphia transportation and real estate magnate Peter Widener, and supports programs of high merit for the betterment of humanity.
Talking to Kids about Weight: What the Internet Says and Why Researchers Are Wary
December 17, 2020
Researchers from the Center for Weight, Eating and Lifestyle Science (WELL Center) in the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University systematically reviewed numerous independently published guidelines for having conversations with children about weight status to analyze their content, consistency, actionability and scientific support. They recommend future guidelines unify their messages for caregivers and health care professionals and be better supported by scholarly data.
Successful Pilot Integrates PrEP and Syringe Exchange Services
December 16, 2020
A new study shows that implementing PrEP distribution within a community-based syringe services program gets the medication into the hands of women who inject drugs — a population disproportionately impacted by HIV. The results, from researchers at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health, were recently published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
SEPTA and Drexel Team up to Battle COVID-19
December 15, 2020
Researchers from Drexel University will be working with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) on a partnership aimed at enhancing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on public transportation. Through a recently formed partnership, the institutions are pursuing a federal grant for research into risk assessment, mitigation and communication strategies that will help keep riders safe and healthy.
Does Sharing Health Data Help Maintain Weight Loss?
December 14, 2020
Research from the Center for Weight, Eating and Lifestyle Science (WELL Center) in the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University suggests that health counselors having access to self-monitored health data would improve a person’s weight loss maintenance.
Faraday Fabric? MXene Coating Could Prevent Electromagnetic Interference in Wearable Devices
December 11, 2020
Researchers at Drexel University’s College of Engineering have reported that fabric coated with a conductive, two-dimensional material called MXene, is highly effective at blocking electromagnetic waves and potentially harmful radiation. The discovery is a key development for efforts to weave technological capabilities into clothing and accessories.
Drexel Board of Trustees Appoints New Members
December 10, 2020
Drexel University has appointed three new members to its Board of Trustees. The new members are Alfred F. Altomari, chair and CEO of Agile Therapeutics; Angela Dowd-Burton, president and CEO of Dowd-Burton and Associates; and Jerry James Martin, a retired senior Federal Bank regulator with over 37 years at the United States Treasury Department.
$9 Million Gift from Philanthropists Dana and David Dornsife to Establish Center on Racism and Health at Drexel
December 1, 2020
A $9 million gift from Drexel University alumna Dana Dornsife and her husband David to the University’s School of Public Health will help launch a new Center on Racism and Health, recruit and retain faculty experts on racial inequities in health and endow the deanship for public health. The longtime philanthropists, widely known for their humanitarian efforts, are the largest single benefactors in the University’s history, having donated more than $70 million. The School of Public Health was named in their honor after a $45 million gift in 2015.
National Autism Indicators Report: The Complex Health and Health Care of Individuals with Autism
December 1, 2020
In the recently published sixth report in the National Autism Indicators Report series, researchers from Drexel University’s A.J. Drexel Autism Institute highlight a holistic picture of what health and health care look like across the life course for people on the autism spectrum.
Sellers and Realtors Working Together May Make More Homes Smoke-free and Easier to Sell, Drexel Study Says
November 30, 2020
Even in a strong market, tobacco smoke residue in a home may discourage buyers from considering a property, according to a survey of 329 realtors in four Philadelphia-area counties published this month in the journal Tobacco Regulatory Science.
Ultrathin, Spray-Applied MXene Antennas Are Ready for 5G
November 30, 2020
New antennas so thin that they can be sprayed into place are also robust enough to provide a strong signal at bandwidths that will be used by fifth-generation (5G) mobile devices. Performance results for the antennas, which are made from a new type of two-dimensional material called MXene, were recently reported by researchers at Drexel University and could have rammifications for mobile, wearable and connected “internet of things” (IoT) technology.
Drexel to Launch New Center for Black Culture With Virtual Event
November 9, 2020
Drexel University will celebrate the virtual opening of its new Center for Black Culture Nov. 12, with a "Virtual Kickback" to welcome Black students, faculty, professional staff, alumni and allies. The Center will serve as a resource for the University community to gain a greater understanding of the Black experience and support a welcoming and wholly inclusive campus environment.
Drexel Study: Medicaid and Adults on the Autism Spectrum
October 15, 2020
Using administrative data from the Medicaid Analytic eXtract (MAX), researchers from Drexel University’s A.J. Drexel Autism Institute found a substantial increase in the percent of adults receiving services for autism in the Medicaid population from 2008-2012.
Drexel's Pearlstein Gallery Commissions Three Murals Depicting Indigenous Female Leaders
October 14, 2020
In advance of Native American Heritage Month, Drexel University will present (S)Heroes Among Us, a public art event that will be streamed on the Twitch channel of Drexel’s Pearlstein Gallery on Friday, Oct.18, 2020 at 1 p.m. Three Philadelphia-area artists, Priscilla Bell, BUSTA and Leon Rainbow, will paint murals to the sounds of a deejay informed by native music at 3401 Filbert Street in the yard of the gallery.
Visioning the Future of the PES Refinery Complex
October 7, 2020
“Visioning the Future of the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery Complex,” is a report about the potential long-term future of the former 1,400-acre Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) oil refinery site on the Lower Schuylkill. The report was designed to spark a conversation about how to ensure the long-term development of the site allows connectivity to the rest of the city and yields equitable economic and environmental benefits to the city and its residents. The report was created through a community visioning process funded by a grant from the William Penn Foundation.
Drexel’s LeBow College of Business Introduces Esport Business Degree
October 1, 2020
Identifying the growing trend in the industry, Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business is offering a new esport major within the already successful Sport Business program. The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with an Esport Business major is designed for students who plan to pursue careers in the competitive video gaming industry.
Beating the Heat - Safely and Sustainably - During the Pandemic
September 25, 2020
When public pools and many cooling centers closed this summer due to COVID-19, Drexel University researchers teamed up with the William Penn foundation and members of the Hunting Park community to come up with strategies to safely and sustainably beat the heat.
Your Neighborhood May Raise Your Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease
September 23, 2020
A neighborhood’s overall socioeconomic status, including income and education-level, may influence its residents’ risk of chronic kidney disease, according to a study recently published in SSM Population Health by researchers from Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health.
Drexel Hosts Revival! a Virtual Celebration for Collective Joy and Resilience
September 17, 2020
Part dance party, part live video art performance, Revival! an audio-visual meditation event will be streamed on the Twitch channel of Drexel University’s Pearlstein Gallery on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 3 p.m. The event will stream for free and is presented in tandem with the gallery’s partners, the Westphal College Diversity Equity & Inclusion Council, Art & Art History Department, Urban Strategy Graduate Program, Retail & Merchandising Graduate Program and BlackStar Film Festival.
Drexel Medicine Researchers Develop New Technology to Target DNA Damage Repair in Cancer Patients
September 10, 2020
A team of Drexel University College of Medicine researchers is advancing a way to destroy cancer cells exploiting "synthetic lethality," which is caused by deficiency in the DNA damage response (DDR) pathway. Synthetic lethality occurs when deficiencies in each of any two genes can be tolerated by the cell but the combination of these two deficiencies is lethal.
Is Philadelphia Advancing in the War Against Cancer?
September 9, 2020
As recent racial justice protests and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic illuminate the role that structural racism and socioeconomic factors play in the health of Americans, significant disparities may be found in cancer rates and outcomes, according to “State of Cancer in Philadelphia,” a report issued this week from Drexel University’s Urban Health Collaborative, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, and Fox Chase Cancer Center, sponsored by Lazarex Cancer Foundation.
Drexel Joins Virtual B. PHL Citywide Innovation Festival
September 4, 2020
With a new virtual format and a focus on supporting COVID-19 recovery efforts in the Philadelphia region, the 2020 B. PHL festival — a celebration of the city’s creative spirit — will bring together innovators for three days of talks, workshops, meet-ups and curated experiences from the city and around the world. Admission to this year’s festival is free, with the option to make a donation to the PHL COVID-19 fund. Drexel University leadership, faculty and professional staff members, including President John Fry, will participate in several events during the festival, which will be held from Sept. 15-17.
Less Waste, More Nutrition: Drexel’s Food Lab and Terrain Cafe Partner for Weekly Sustainable Menus
September 3, 2020
As demand for more sustainable food practices increases, Drexel Food Lab, the culinary innovation lab within Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions, and Terrain Cafe have partnered to meet the challenge. Together, the Drexel Food Lab and Terrain Cafe will focus on up-cycling foods and creating sustainable menus through Terrain Cafe’s “Chef’s Fresh Picks,” a weekly specials menu that runs Friday through Saturday evenings.
Drexel Study: Measuring Social Networks of Young Adults with Autism
August 17, 2020
A new study from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University has laid the groundwork to show how interpersonal relationships, and the resources they provide, could impact autistic youth's adult outcomes.
Drexel Professor Wants to Help Us All Have a Big Talk
August 7, 2020
There’s a lot to talk about right now and social distancing hasn’t made it easy to get it all out. Drexel University Professor Frank Lee, PhD, who is known for visually appealing and nostalgic architectural art installations, is hoping to provide a forum for conversation with some assistance from a seven-story building in Philadelphia.
Free-Roaming Dogs Prevent Giant Pandas from Thriving in the Wild
August 17, 2020
Before China declared giant pandas a protected species in 1962 – hunters in pursuit of the black and white bear used dogs to track them. Since then measures have been put in place to protect the vulnerable pandas, but more than half a century later, dogs are still jeopardizing their safety, according to a group of researchers that included Drexel’s James Spotila, PhD.
Can Community Members Deliver Naloxone to Reverse Opioid Overdoses — And Do It Faster Than EMS?
August 5, 2020
Equipped with naloxone and a smartphone app, community members can save lives in the fight against America’s opioid crisis, according to a paper from researchers at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health and colleagues published this week in The Lancet journal EClinicalMedicine.
Infant Mortality in the U.S. Remains High; A New Drexel Study Shares How to Best Spend Money to Save Lives
October 19, 2020
Increasing state and local funding for environmental, educational and social services may lower infant mortality among those at highest risk, particularly among infants born to teenage mothers, according to findings published this week in the journal Pediatrics from researchers at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health.