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  • Civil War CD Release Party April 25th

    April, 21, 2011

    The entire Drexel community is invited to the Civil War CD release party on Monday, April 25th from 6:00-8:00 pm in the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, 3401 Filbert. The event will feature a reception and live musical performances.

    Students and faculty in the Department of History and Politics collaborated with Westphal’s music and music industry programs to produce a 2-disc music CD to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The Civil War’s musical legacy is so powerful that most Americans still recognize many of its songs today. The project was a perfect opportunity to harness the particular talents and assets of the University to contribute to the larger anniversary efforts across the city, state and nation—and to do so in Drexel’s distinctive experiential fashion.

    The history program produced a 16-page CD insert, which discusses the history of the Civil War in Philadelphia within the context of the 14 songs. Hannah Bennett, senior history and political science major, began work on the project in the summer of 2010 when she was a CoAS Humanities Fellow under the mentorship of Kathryn Steen, associate professor of history. Bennett researched the history using archival records from historical institutions in Philadelphia and by employing some of the technological tools available to historians. She also wrote some of the content for the insert.

    The CD comprises 14 songs, including well-known tunes like the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and the“Star Spangled Banner,” as well as more obscure songs with ties to Philadelphia, whether through the subject matter, composer, or publisher. Disc one of the set features students from the music program performing all 14 songs as they might have sounded in the 1860s. On disc two, the music industry students interpreted and performed the songs in their own unique style.

    Over 50 people worked together to produce the CD. Faculty from Westphal, particularly Jim Klein, director of the music industry program, helped to recruit and coach the student performers.

    The CD can be purchased at the Drexel University bookstore. For more information about the CD, or to discuss a Civil War project or event you’d like to host, please contact Kathryn Steen at steen@drexel.edu.

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  • Drexel at the Philadelphia Science Festival

    April, 12, 2011

    Drexel University will partner with more than 55 organizations to launch the Philadelphia Science Festival, a two-week initiative to celebrate the region's strengths in science and technology April 16-28. The city-wide event will include a line-up of programs and exhibitions designed to inspire the next generation of scientists. Drexel will host carnival booths, neighborhood science and high school outreach events throughout the City, a day of science at the ballpark and a joint event with the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

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  • Drexel Students, Faculty Produce Civil War CD

    April, 11, 2011

    Students and faculty in the Department of History and Politics collaborated with Westphal’s music and music industry programs to produce a 2-disc music CD to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The Civil War's musical legacy is so powerful that most Americans still recognize many of its songs today. The project was a perfect opportunity to harness the particular talents and assets of the University to contribute to the larger anniversary efforts across the city, state and nation—and to do so in Drexel’s distinctive experiential fashion.

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  • CoAS Professors Offer OCD Treatment Via Skype

    April, 11, 2011

    The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that one in four Americans suffer from an anxiety disorder, and of those more than 2.2 million people with anxiety disorders have obsessive compulsive disorder. OCD is responsible for roughly $8.4 billion per year in social and economic losses in the United States. Many professionals don’t know how to deliver highly effective, non-medication treatment, and many patients don’t have access to high-quality treatment to address their needs. But two Drexel professors have found a solution.

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  • 16th Annual Kaczmarczik Lecture Will Feature Dr. Tejinder S. Virdee

    April, 8, 2011

    The Department of Physics will host the 16th annual Kaczmarczik Lecture on April 27th, 2011 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Main Building Auditorium (32nd and Chestnut Streets). Guest speaker Dr. Tejinder S. Virdee, professor of physics at Imperial College, will present "Exploring Nature Moments after the Big Bang: The LHC Accelerator and the CMS Experiment."

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  • Corporate Exec and Mindfulness Teacher Michael Carroll On Campus

    April, 8, 2011

    Michael Carroll, author of Awake at Work and The Mindful Leader, will be on campus April 28, 2011 to help Drexel faculty, students and staff learn to ease their career pressures with a healthier, more mindful approach to work. In his 25-year business career, Carroll has held executive positions with companies such as Shearson Lehman/American Express, Simon & Schuster and The Walt Disney Company. He has an active consulting and coaching business with client firms such as Procter & Gamble, Google, AstraZeneca, Starbucks, and National Geographic Expeditions.

    Higher Education Under Siege: A Workshop for Faculty and Professional Staff

    Open to: Faculty and staff

    When: Thursday April 28, Lunch 12-12:30pm, Workshop 12:30-2:00pm

    Where: MacAlister 2019/2020

    RSVP required by April 18 to Monica Fauble mfauble@drexel.edu

    As administrators, educators, and educational leaders, it seems that we are always trying to meet expectations, do more with less, put out “daily work fires,” and finish the urgent project. The speed and pace of such work can be intense - getting it done faster, better, cheaper, and smarter. Such a work style with all its ambition and energy has its benefits no doubt, but it also has a profound blind spot: in engaging our profession’s relentless pressures and demands, we too often can feel under siege, where we end up defending our jobs rather than actually doing them. When we follow a career that is excessively focused on getting more done, we can end up neglecting the very world that needs our help and managing our lives like projects rather than actually living them.

    Bringing his unique experience as a corporate executive and mindfulness meditation teacher to the discussion, Michael Carroll will help us understand how to better appreciate and develop our most valued leadership asset: our minds. We will learn basic meditation techniques and explore mindfulness principles for developing clarity, wisdom and inspiration while facing life’s daily joys, demands, and surprises.

    Sponsored by: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Center for Interdisciplinary Programs, The Office of Faculty Development and Equity, A Healthier U, LeBow College of Business, The Office of Equality and Diversity, DU Student Life, The Office of Counseling & Health—Main Campus, The Student Counseling Center—Center City Campus

    A Job, Success, or Sanity: What Are We Really Looking For In Our Careers?

    Open to: All students

    When: Thursday April 28, 3:30-5:00pm

    Where: MacAlister 2019/2020

    RSVP required by April 18 to Monica Fauble mfauble@drexel.edu

    Medical studies document the fact that heart disease, weak immune systems, chronic fatigue, Attention Deficit Traits (ADT), and even drug addiction and broken families are a result of stressful and chaotic work environments. In the end, the daily grind of pursuing a career is leaving many of us feeling distressed and even besieged.

    But what is it about work and career that is so unhealthy? Is it our job that is distressing or is it the “mind” that we bring to the task? Can we pursue a career with ambition and passion while being at home in our lives rather than anxious and burdened?

    During this hands-on, practical lecture we will learn mindfulness awareness meditation and explore how such a simple practice can help us transform the challenges and anxieties of the workplace into opportunities for cultivating wellbeing and decency on the job. This special session is targeted to co-op and non-co-op students of all levels.

    Sponsored by: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Center for Interdisciplinary Programs, LeBow College of Business, A Healthier U, Office of Equality and Diversity, DU Student Life, The Office of Counseling & Health—Main Campus, The Student Counseling Center—Center City Campus

    Awake at Work and the Wisdom of “Achieving Nothing”

    Open to: The entire Drexel community and the general public

    When: Thursday April 28, 5:30-7:00pm - Reception and book-signing to follow

    Where: Mitchell Auditorium, Bossone Research Enterprise Center, 3120 Market St.

    For more information contact: Monica Fauble mfauble@drexel.edu 215-895-1863

    Today’s business culture places a high premium on success: meeting our objectives, making the deal, closing the sale, and meeting deadlines. Such demands can produce beneficial results. But the pace and speed of our work can also keep us on edge, constantly chasing outcomes and at times neglecting the very work that needs our attention. We will examine how the effort of “non-achievement” can bring an intelligent and vital balance to this relentless pace to succeed and in turn cultivate sanity, respect and wellbeing in the workplace.

    During this workshop, attendees will learn strategies through which they can engage their workplace mindfully in order to contribute more skillfully at work. We will also learn how the effort of “being” versus constantly “achieving” impacts our experience at work and how we can individually inspire decency and wakefulness among our colleagues.

    Sponsored by: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Center for Interdisciplinary Programs, A Healthier U, LeBow College of Business, The Office of Faculty Development and Equity, The Office of Equality and Diversity, DU Student Life, The Office of Counseling & Health—Main Campus, The Student Counseling Center—Center City Campus

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  • 2011 CoAS Research Day Winners

    April, 7, 2011

    A record number of undergraduate and graduate students (over 150!) presented their research in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences at the annual College of Arts and Sciences Research Day held yesterday, April 5, 2011, in Behrakis Grand Hall.

    Congratulations to the 12 students who took home the top prizes. And thank you to all students, faculty and staff who participated in the event!

    To view the complete list of presenters, visit: http://www.drexel.edu/coas/research/researchDay

    Undergraduate Sciences

    1st Place Amanda White, Physics
    Field of Presentation: Physics
    Advisor: Michael Vogeley
    Title: UV Star Formation Rates of Dwarf Void Galaxies
    2nd Place Brian Leung, Chemistry
    Field of Presentation: Biological Sciences / Chemistry
    Advisor: Aleister Saunders
    Title: APP 3'UTR Sequences that Regulate its Expression
    3rd Place James Monahan, Physics
    Field of Presentation: Physics
    Advisor: Charles Lane
    Title: Cherenkov Signal Simulator for Water Veto Detectors

    Graduate Sciences

    1st Place Avi Dalal, Math
    Field of Presentation: Math
    Advisor: Jennifer Morse
    Title: From Pascal's Triangle to Cores of k-Schur Functions in String Theory
    2nd Place Steven Pearson, Environmental Sciences
    Field of Presentation: Biological Sciences / Environmental Sciences
    Advisor: Harold Avery
    Title: Competition between Pennsylvania's state-threatened red-bellied turtle (Pseudemys rubriventris) and invasive red-eared slider turtles (Trachemys scripta elegans)
    3rd Place Austen Groener, Physics
    Field of Presentation: Physics
    Advisor: David Goldberg
    Title: Magnification Effects of A Finite Source Applied To A Fold Lens Configuration

    Undergraduate Humanities

    1st Place Amiee Hildenbrand, Psychology
    Field of Presentation: Psychology
    Advisor: Jacqueline D. Kloss
    Title: Coping with pediatric cancer: Strategies employed by children and their parents to manage cancer-related stressors
    2nd Place Hillary Clarke, Architecture
    Field of Presentation: Psychology / Sociology
    Advisor: Eva Thury
    Title: Beyond CPTED; Safety Through the Designed Environment with an Emphasis on the Human Condition
    3rd Place Elizabeth Culnam, Psychology
    Field of Presentation: Psychology
    Advisor: Jacqueline D. Kloss
    Title: A Prospective Study of Weight Gain Associated with Chronotype in College Freshman

    Graduate Humanities

    1st Place Lauren Greenberg, Clinical Psychology
    Field of Presentation: Psychology
    Advisor: Arthur M. Nezu
    Title: Problem Orientation as a Mediator of Affectivity in College Athletics
    2nd Place Stephanie Rabin, Psychology
    Field of Presentation: Psychology
    Advisor: James Herbert
    Title: Testing an Alternative Hypothesis for Cognitive Bias Modification for Public Speaking Anxiety
    3rd Place Stephanie Brooks Holliday, Psychology
    Field of Presentation: Psychology
    Advisor: Kirk Heilburn
    Title: Teen Courts: Are They Truly Effective?

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  • Recipients of the Stein Family Fellowship

    April, 6, 2011

    Dr. Evan Forman, associate professor of psychology, CoAS, along with Dr. Meghan Butryn, research assistant professor of psychology, CoAS, and Dr. Nachson Meiran, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel were among the recipients of the Louis and Bessie Stein Family Fellowship for academic year 2011-2012. They received the award for their submitted proposal "The Neuropsychology of Eating Behavior: A Proposed Ben Gurion-Drexel Collaboration." The Stein Family Fellowships support research collaborations between Drexel and Israeli universities.

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  • CoAS Alumni Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

    April, 6, 2011

    Four CoAS alumni were chosen as 2011 NSF Graduate Research Fellows, and one current mathematics doctoral student received an Honorable Mention. The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) provides financial support to top students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in fields within the NSF's mission. Students must demonstrate both intellectual merit and the broader impacts of their research.

    NSF GRFP 2011 Recipients:

    Joseph Angelo, '10 Physics (currently at Boston University) Lily Brown, '08 Psychology (currently at UCLA) Adria Wilson, '09 Chemistry (currently at Duke University) Alyssa Wilson, '09 Physics (currently at Harvard University)

    NSF GRFP 2011 Honorable Mention:

    Daniel Parry, Mathematics, PhD candidate

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