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Drexel Researchers First to Detect Air Quality Effects of Natural Gas Extraction in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale Region

May 21, 2015
Site of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania

A team led by environmental engineers from Drexel University are the first independent researchers to take a closer look at the air quality effects of natural gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania. The group used a mobile air quality monitoring vehicle to survey regional air q...

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Why Diet Apps Fail

May 07, 2015
Diet Alert app

It’s actually not complicated at all. The reason most smartphone diet apps fail has nothing to do with the diet, and little to do with the app. A team of Drexel researchers is working on a solution to the real problem: getting people to stick to their diets....

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Has Car Culture Crashed?

May 06, 2015
Has Car Culture Crashed?

It’s been roughly a century since we were introduced to automobiles. But, as Americans buy fewer cars, drive less and get fewer licenses as each year goes by, it’s impossible not to wonder: has America passed its driving peak?...

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Drexel Joins Philadelphia Science Festival's Weeklong Celebration of Science and Technology

May 06, 2015
Philadelphia Science Festival

Students, faculty and staff from Drexel University will help make the fifth anniversary of the Philadelphia Science Festival one of the biggest citywide celebrations to date. More than 200 regional partner organizations from museums to cultural centers and educational institutions will present over ...

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Asteroid Crash Kicked Off Mega-Volcano in the Process that Killed Dinosaurs, According to New Study

May 06, 2015
The entire mountainous region shown here is part of the Deccan Traps, showing the characteristic stair-like ridges of lava flows. This photo is from near the town of Mahabaleshwar. Credit: Loÿc Vanderkluysen

When an enormous asteroid struck Earth 66 million years ago, a planet-wide quake shook the magma plumbing of a massive, active volcano—radically changing the style of volcanic eruption in one of the planet’s rarest, largest lava flows. This is the sequence of events supported by a new st...

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Twenty-Five Faces of CoAS Part 2

April 28, 2015
Eli Gilman

As we continue to celebrate the College of Arts and Sciences' 25th anniversary, we're bringing you more stories from our "25 Faces of CoAS" series. From Beijing, to D.C., to the Appalachian Trail, our Dragons are leaving their mark across the globe....

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Bold, Open and Focused: How One Drexel Alum Landed a Job at Facebook

April 27, 2015
Daniel Mann

When people rank the most desirable places to work, Facebook is consistently positioned at the top of the list. Hundreds of thousands apply each year and yet, many others count themselves out before they even reach the point of submitting an application....

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Our New Political Science Prof

April 26, 2015
Phillip Ayoub

Phillip Ayoub, PhD, joins us from Florence where he was the Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European Institute. In this Q&A, Ayoub talks about the course that ultimately changed his career path, and the caffeinated venture that funded his graduate degree....

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New Summer Courses

April 25, 2015
New Courses

What do Aristotle, Galileo and Stephen Hawking have in common that makes them scientists? How do you tell a hospice patient's life story? What's it really like to be a soldier in combat? Explore these questions and more in our new summer courses....

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Student Job Opportunities

April 24, 2015
Job Opportunities

Need a little extra cash? Apply for a job with the Department of Psychology or Certificate in Writing and Publishing program, or conduct research with a faculty member....

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Call for STEM Presenters at Start Talking Science 2015

April 23, 2015
Start Talking Science

Drexel faculty in the STEM fields are invited to submit their research for consideration at Start Talking Science 2015, a free public event where researchers present non-technical posters to local students and the community in order to make STEM research more accessible....

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Mapping Language in the Brain

April 16, 2015
In the Brain

The exchange of words, speaking and listening in conversation, may seem unremarkable for most people, but communicating with others is a challenge for people who have aphasia, an impairment of language that often happens after stroke or other brain injury. Aphasia affects about 1 in 250 people, maki...

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Famous Fish Fossil Goes on Display

April 10, 2015
Famous Fish Fossil

A group of remarkably well-preserved fossils that demonstrate the evolutionary transition from finned to limbed animals—and that made world headlines—is heading back to Canada, but not before the fossils get a proper send-off....

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Study of African Birds Reveals Hotbed of Malaria Parasite Diversity

April 09, 2015
African Pygmy Kingfisher

When you think of tropical biodiversity, you may picture flocks of colorful birds flitting through lush foliage—but what you are less likely to imagine is the plethora of parasites and pathogens pulsing through the bloodstreams of those birds. Among these microscopic organisms are Plasmodium par...

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CoAS Celebrates 25th Anniversary

April 01, 2015
CoAS 25th Anniversary

In the year 1990, Madonna's "Vogue" topped the Billboard charts, "The Simpsons" and the Internet were still in their infancy, the Hubble Space Telescope launched into orbit, and Drexel President Richard Breslin announced that the College of Sciences and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences ...

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Twenty-Five Faces of CoAS

March 31, 2015
25 Faces of CoAS

In 1990, Drexel's College of Science and College of Humanities and Social Sciences merged to become one — the College of Arts and Sciences — which means (drumroll please...), this year marks the College's 25th anniversary! Over the course of the year, we'll be sharing the stories of the students, fa...

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Director of IAS Talks with Canadian Senate about UNICEF's Role in Humanitarian Crises

March 31, 2015
UNICEF - logo

As director of Drexel's International Areas Studies program, Joel Oestreich, PhD, maintains a broad and reputable knowledge base on international affairs. He's published on the conventions of children's rights, has entries in the "Encyclopedia of Human Rights," and his book, "International Organizat...

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New Drexel PEN Society One of First in U.S.

March 29, 2015
Pen Society

From Charlie Hedbo to Sir Salman Rushdie to Liu Xiaobo, journalists, writers and poets have been subject to persecution, imprisonment, and even murder for their written words. Working to protect freedom of expression as a human right is PEN International, a global association of writers — originally...

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New Director of Africana Studies

March 28, 2015
Alden Young, PhD

New Orleans native Alden Young, PhD, joins us as an assistant professor of history and the new director of Africana studies. In this Q&A, he shares his passion for painting, the superpower he covets most, and what he hopes to add to the CoAS community....

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Student Job Opportunities

March 27, 2015
Job Opportunities

Depleted your funds over spring break? Apply for a job with the Judaic Studies program, the Department of Mathematics, or work as a community outreach assistant....

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Tickets Now Available: CoAS Distinguished Lecture with Candy Chang

March 24, 2015
Candy Chang - Wall Mural

On April 30, 2015, Drexel University's College of Arts and Sciences will welcome Candy Chang as the fifth lecturer in College's annual Distinguished Lecture Series. Chang joins acclaimed author Sir Salman Rushdie, media maven Arianna Huffington, neuroscientist David Eagleman and religion scholar and...

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Turning "Us" and "Them" into "We" Again: Former UN Ambassador to Discuss American Community

March 19, 2015
Ambassador (Ret.) Joseph M. Torsella - Lecture at The National Constitution Center

“We the People” are three of the most important words in our political history as Americans – and, arguably, in all of political history. But the American “We” is becoming increasingly fragmented and frayed....

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Elevated Childhood Weight May Increase Susceptibility to Eating Disorders

March 09, 2015
Eating Research

What causes people to develop eating disorders? This question has been a source of research and debate for many years. Research has consistently supported the view that disordered eating stems from some combination of psychological factors, such as low self-esteem and concern about looks, and social...

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