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New Book Argues that Social Sciences Are Critical to Climate Conversation: Climate Change is a "People Problem"

August 20, 2015
Smokestacks and smoke as sun sets in sky

Pope Francis recently made an impassioned plea for a “cultural revolution” to combat climate change, calling for collective action and “a conversation which includes everyone.” Thus far, the climate conversation has often neglected the contributions

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Finding a Major That Fits

July 14, 2015
Drexel University Emerging Scholars Program in the College of Arts and Sciences

When it comes to choosing the path to your career, Lloyd Ackert firmly believes in exploration. As a young man, he headed to the University of Minnesota with the intention of studying English. That changed.

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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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#BlackLivesMatter Panel Explores Black Community and Police Violence

February 24, 2015
#BlackLivesMatter - Panelist Lallen Johnson

While presenting his research at the #BlackLivesMatter panel discussion on race and police violence Friday night, Drexel Professor André Carrington, PhD, posed a series of rhetorical, sobering questions.

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#BlackLivesMatter Panel Discussion at Drexel during Black History Month

February 19, 2015
Protestors carrying placards at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in New York City in Nov. 2014.

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.

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New Drexel Course on Affluenza and Consumer Culture is Open to the Public

January 16, 2015
Consumerism Drexel Now

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 so-called epidemic of overconsumption.

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Dean Announces Reorganization of the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Culture and Communication

December 17, 2014
Wes Shumar

Last week, the University approved the college's request to reorganize the Department of Culture and Communication into four distinct departments. Those units, and their respective leadership, are as follows:

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Who's a Bigger Idiot? Men, Women or Purveyors of Joke Science?

December 15, 2014
Who's A Bigger Idiot

Did you hear the news today? Science has finally proven that men are bigger idiots than women. Men: Hold on and don’t get too defensive just yet. Women: Don’t gloat, or we may turn out to be the idiots here. Because there are a few problems with this news that we should talk about.

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Communications Student Builds His Brand One Blog at a Time

August 19, 2014
Ian Michael Crumm Drexel Communication Student

It all started with a blog. Eighteen months ago, Ian Michael Crumm launched his eponymous style blog with the goal of showing, in his own words, “what I wear, what I love, what I do and where I go.” And that was just the beginning. In that short time, he’s built what started with his blog into a full-blown lifestyle brand that has spread throughout Philadelphia and is now reaching the rest of the country.

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The Scholar of Street Style

July 24, 2014
Brent Luvaas, PhD

Perched at the entrance of Lincoln Center, on the grand plaza that leads into the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week tent, Luvaas counted fewer photographers on the sidewalks this year snapping photos of the models, magazine editors, buyers and celebrities who swarm the annual event.

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Do Urban Casinos Increase Local Crime? Not in this Case Study

July 17, 2014
Sugar House Casino

Philadelphia’s SugarHouse Casino opened its doors in September 2010 after years of protests from community members who feared that the casino would lead to an increase in neighborhood crime. However, a new study by researchers at Drexel University and Temple University reveals that these concerns were unfounded.

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New Courses for Fall

June 24, 2014

What do time, Abraham Lincoln and LGBT history have in common? They’re all topics you can learn about in these new fall courses!

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Student Job Opportunities

June 20, 2014
Job Opportunities

Looking for some extra summer cash? Apply for a work-study position with the physics department, psychology department, or Judaic Studies Program.

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A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment Announces Inaugural Class of Research Grants

May 13, 2014
AJ Institute grant project

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.

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Register for PR/Marketing Case Competition Sponsored by Comcast Business

April 03, 2014
Comcast Built for Business Logo

Communications and marketing students are invited to work together to solve a business case during the Comcast Business PR/Marketing Case Competition held May 9, 2014 in Gerri C. LeBow Hall. The competition is a great opportunity to showcase your skills, work on a practical case with your peers and present your ideas to a panel of esteemed judges. This team competition will require strategic thinking, ethical decision-making, strong leadership and presentation skills. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.

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New Courses for Summer

April 02, 2014
books in a library

Learn the ins and outs of urban farming, write a “Life Journal” for a hospice patient, or explore the funny—and often salacious—world of contemporary Brit Lit in these new courses.

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Work Study Jobs Available

April 01, 2014
Job Opportunities

Did your spring break vacay leave you strapped for cash? Apply to one of these student jobs to replenish your funds!

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Drexel Edits: Grammar Police For a Good Cause

March 05, 2014
Pen laying on edited papers

Nonprofit organizations often have many needs: Funding. Space. Volunteers. But how about an editor? The careful eye of a trained editor can be invaluable for groups that must communicate effectively to achieve their goals, and smaller organizations may not have the resources to pay one.

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Why Are We Still Asking if Women Can ‘Have It All’?

March 05, 2014
Usha Menon, PhD

A recent issue of The New York Times Magazine featured a story on Wendy Davis, the Texas state senator who is now running for governor. Splashed across the cover of the magazine was the question, “Can Wendy Davis Have It All?” The headline – and the article, which included a detailed examination of Davis’ personal life, including her role in raising her two daughters – drew criticism, and was called everything from outdated and clichéd to outright sexist.

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How Street-Style Photographers Are Transforming the Fashion Industry, For Better or Worse

March 03, 2014
Woman walking in New York. Photo by Brent Luvaas

With fashion week events taking place throughout the month in New York City, London, Milan and Paris, February has quickly become known as "fashion month" among fashion aficionados. And, this past month, as the throngs of models, editors, buyers, celebrities and fashion insiders made the month-long global trek, so did the street-style photographers.

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Meet One of Criminal Justice’s Newest Faculty Members

January 09, 2014
Lallen Johnson

Lallen Johnson, PhD, is a new assistant professor of criminal justice whose research focuses on crime and place, race and justice. In this Q&A, Johnson reveals what bad habit he vowed never to pick up as a prof, and the healthy habit he can’t live without.

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Not Just the Koch Brothers: New Drexel Study Reveals Funders Behind the Climate Change Denial Effort

December 23, 2013
Robert Brulle, PhD

A new study conducted by Drexel University environmental sociologist Robert J. Brulle, PhD, exposes the organizational underpinnings and funding behind the powerful climate change countermovement. This study marks the first peer-reviewed, comprehensive analysis ever conducted of the sources of funding that maintain the denial effort.

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The Assignment Was a 15-Page Paper, And They Wrote 97 — And Raised $25,000

December 19, 2013
Smart Affair event at the PISB

Drexel communication major's senior project is 15 pages. But that didn't stop Farrah Goldsmith and Cherilyn Buscarino from submitting a 97-page report. Still not impressed? The two seniors' endeavor also involved planning a 250-person major fundraising event for the Drexel Smart House (DSH) that raised more than $25,000.

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Mica Matlack's Job is to Turn Pages in a Book, and it Might Make You Jealous

November 12, 2013
Mica Matlock at the Academy of Natural Sciences

She grew up in Audubon, N.J, but Mica Matlack never really thought about her hometown’s name until she started her co-op at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. The junior communications major

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Student Jobs Available

October 30, 2013
Drexel College of Arts and Sciences Job Opportunities

Looking for fall employment opportunities? Become a marketing and communications assistant in the College of Arts and Sciences, take a front office position in the Department of Psychology, or work for Drexel Edits and help support non-profit communications.

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Why is the Confederate Flag Appearing Around Philadelphia? A Q&A with Mary Ebeling

October 24, 2013
Confederate Flag

Mary Ebeling grew up in Virginia, and she has family members elsewhere in the South. So it wasn't as if she was unfamiliar with the Confederate battle flag. But when she saw one taped to a lamppost not far from her West Philadelphia home a few years ago, it was still a shock.

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Bureau of Justice Assistance Announces New Awardees of Neighborhood Revitalization Grant at Drexel

September 11, 2013
Robert Stokes

The nation’s leading community development support organization, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), will host an event at Drexel University on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 11 and 12, during which the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance will announce the new class of awardees of its Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) grant.

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New Courses for Fall Quarter

July 22, 2013
New CoAS Courses

Looking to branch out this fall? Try one of our new electives. Ditch the classroom for a writing workshop that meets in museums, contemplate the mind-bending concept of time, or examine the “culture of poverty” in a deeply personal way.

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Farmland, Homes and Hope Disappear with Rising Waters in Haiti

July 17, 2013
Former farmland flooded by Lake Azuei in Haiti

Joseph is a truck driver from Fonds-Parisien, Haiti, who has nine children. His family has lived by Lake Azuei for generations. In the past 10 years, the lake has risen more than 10 meters and has doubled in size, from 155 square kilometers in 2004 to 354 square kilometers today.

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PR and Marketing Students Work Together to Win Inaugural Case Competition

May 23, 2013
Patrick Medeo, Anh Ly, Mai-Linh Bui - winners of the 2013 Case Competition

Before class one fateful morning, communications student Patrick Medeo began his daily routine by checking his email. His eyes widened as he read an invitation to participate in a PR/Marketing Case Competition, sponsored by LeBow College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences. As he leaned to the person on his right to share his excitement

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Inside-Out Prison Exchange Course Expands Beyond Criminal Justice Courses

May 02, 2013
Participants in the Inside Out Program at Drexel University

Last spring, Drexel’s first Inside-Out course offered students the chance to get out of the classroom and learn in a prison. Now, more than a year later, the five Inside-Out courses that will be held for the summer term of the 2013-14 school year will let students learn not only at a prison but also at a farm, a senior citizen home and an enterprise center.

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Rising Waters in Haiti and Dominican Republic: Where Will the Villagers Go?

April 29, 2013
Rising Waters in Haiti and Dominican Republic

Spring break in the Caribbean conjures up images of days on the beach and nights in the clubs. But for Dr. Mimi Sheller, director of the Mobilities Center in Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences, it meant something very different: trying to understand the effects of a climate-related or geological phenomenon that is imperiling two lakes on the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

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New Courses Break Barriers

April 16, 2013
New Courses

Students looking for something different this summer should consider three new courses offered by the Community Inside-Out Program. Drexel undergraduates will have the opportunity to learn alongside West Philly residents as they work to transform empty lots into green spaces; offer recommendations on affordable housing policies; and document the lives of long-time residents. Interested? Attend one of the information sessions listed below!

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What I'm Reading: Mimi Sheller

February 28, 2013
Mimi Sheller

Mimi Sheller is a sociology professor who studies mobility in public life. Through her teaching and in her role as director of Drexel’s Center for Mobilities Research and Policy (mCenter ), Sheller studies how people move, how mobile communication changes how people move, and how new systems of mobility also create immobility.

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Q&A With New Director of Criminal Justice

February 24, 2013
Robert Kane

Dr. Robert J. Kane joined the Department of Culture and Communication this fall as director of the Criminal Justice program. A strong environmental advocate and lover of coffee, Kane shares his journey from the police academy to professorship.

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Talkin' the Walk: Inspiring Future Leaders

February 23, 2013

The millennial generation has been denounced as both the most apathetic and selfish generation. Those in economically disadvantaged communities are stereotyped as unwilling or unable to create change. But are these groups capable of more than we give them credit for? Join Drexel University and members of the nonprofit LIFT on March 13th for a community forum that explores how to inspire the young and those who lack political power to stand up and make a difference.

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Dr. Mimi Sheller Featured in Mobile World Centre Video

February 21, 2013
Dr. Mimi Sheller

Mimi Sheller will be featured in a video installed in the new Mobile World Center, in the heart of Barcelona. The Centre is Mobile World Capital’s permanent exhibition & venue, to spread and demonstrate the latest mobile technologies and solutions to citizens.

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Q&A with Dr. Douglas Porpora: The Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

February 13, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI startled the world Monday when he announced he would resign at the end of February. Eighty-five-year-old Benedict, a spiritual leader to billions of Roman Catholics, said his resignation is due in part to diminishing strength and advanced age.

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Q&A With Culture and Communication's Dr. Asta Zelenkauskaite

February 07, 2013
Dr. Asta Zelenkaukaite

Dr. Zelenkauskaite joined Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences after earning her Ph.D. in mass communication at Indiana University. Her research interests include social media, computer-mediated communication, and user-generated content.

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What I'm Reading: Dr. Paul Evangelista

February 05, 2013
Dr. Paul Evangelista

Dr. Paul Evangelista, an assistant teaching professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, recently celebrated an anniversary, and received the Autobiography of Mark Twain as a gift from his wife. A huge fan of Mark Twain, Evangelista was thrilled to receive the gift. What’s most interesting about it, he said, is that Twain is talking to his readers from the grave.

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What I'm Reading: Diane Sicotte

January 22, 2013
Dr. Diane Sicotte

Drexel's Dr. Diane Sicotte, an associate professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences, is researching environmental inequality in the Philadelphia region, and is working on a book regarding her research.

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Good Cop, Bad Cop: Criminal Justice Prof Explores Police Misconduct in New Book

January 16, 2013
"Jammed Up" by Robert J. Kane and Michael D. White

Dr. Robert Kane conducts an unprecedented investigation of police officers on the wrong side of the law in his new book Jammed Up: Bad Cops, Police Misconduct, and the New York City Police Department. Having received exclusive access to more than 1500 NYPD officer transgression reports filed over the last 20 years

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What I'm Reading: Dr. Maria Hnaraki

December 18, 2012
Dr. Maria Hnaraki

Dr. Maria Hnaraki, associate professor in the Department of Culture and Communication, believes dancing is the ultimate creative act. It was a huge part of her life growing up on the Greek island of Crete.

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What I'm Reading: Dr. Barbara Hoekje

December 07, 2012
Dr. Barbara Hoekje

Dr. Barbara Hoekje, director of the English Language Center, is a self-described “dog person” who is currently reading The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs by Patricia McConnell. McConnell is an applied animal behaviorist, with a Ph.D. in zoology and a specialty in ethology, the study of animal behavior.

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CNN's Soledad O'Brien to Moderate Advance Screening of "Who is Black in America?" Documentary and Discussion

November 28, 2012
Soledad O'Brien

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien will join Drexel University for an advance screening of the new documentary “Who is Black in America?” on Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., part of a multi-part series moderated by O'Brien, which explores issues of colorism and identity.

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CoAS Faculty, Staff Win Outstanding Online Instruction and Advising Awards

November 09, 2012
Lawrence Souder and Linda Pohl

Drexel University Online honored two members of the College of Arts and Sciences on Thursday, November 8th at the sixth annual National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) awards ceremony. NDLW recognizes exceptional leaders, faculty, and staff for their accomplishments and dedication to online learning.

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NSF Awards $2.2 Million to Project Studying Community-Based Professional Development for Math Teachers

September 19, 2012
Teachers learning a new software program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $2.2 million to a project created by the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University, the Math Forum @ Drexel and...

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What I'm Reading: Alison Novak

August 27, 2012
Alison Novak

Alison Novak, adjunct instructor and Ph.D. student in the Department of Culture and Communication, studies millennial engagement with the media and the media’s treatment of millennials. Ultimately, any conversation about the millennial generation includes a discussion of how late millennials leave their parents when compared to other generations.

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What I'm Reading: Robert Stokes

August 22, 2012
Dr. Robert Stokes

Robert Stokes is an associate professor of sociology and coordinator of the Environmental Studies and Policy programs in the Department of Culture and Communication. His research looks at the economic and social impacts of infrastructure and public policy, and innovative public management models in urban communities...

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Q & A With Mimi Sheller

August 06, 2012
Mimi Sheller

Mimi Sheller examines how people move, how mobile communication changes how people move and how new systems of mobility can actually create immobility. It's no wonder, then, that she's designed Drexel's Center for Mobilities Research and Policy (mCenter) to cross boundaries within disciplines and within Drexel...

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The Jewel Series: Mexican Literary Classics on the Screen

March 20, 2012
Dona Barbara Film Poster

Café Latino, in conjunction with the Mexican Cultural Center (a local non-profit), is proud to host “The Jewel Series: Mexican Literary Classics on the Screen.” The series will kick off on April 26, 2012 at 6 PM

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Guest Speaker - Dr. Jaclyn Jeffrey

March 19, 2012
Dr. Jaclyn Jeffrey

Laredo Texas is one of the nation's largest inland ports, a major entry point for drugs entering the U.S.  In this presentation, Dr. Jeffrey will talk about how Laredoans attempt to normalize the situation and avoid conflict as they go about living in the shadow of an “occupied zone.”

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New Study by Dr. Robert Brulle Predicts Public View of Climate Change

February 13, 2012
Robert Brulle - Professor of Sociology and Environmental Science

Public concern about climate change has varied widely over the past few decades. For example, Gallup has been polling individuals about how much they personally worry about climate change. In 2004, about 26 percent of the respondents stated that they worried "a great deal." By 2007, this proportion had risen to 41 percent. But by 2010, this fraction dropped to 28 percent. Why?

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Dr. Sheller Among Experts to Review Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster Response

January 31, 2012
Aftermath of March 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake – one of the most powerful earthquakes to hit the modern world – struck off the coast of Japan, triggering a massive tsunami and causing devastating human, social and economic damage across the country. In the wake of such a disaster, the successes and shortfalls of Japan's disaster response are being evaluated, and many countries are assessing their own capacity to deal with catastrophes.

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New Course Opportunity (In Prison)

January 09, 2012
Cyndi Rickards

This spring, Drexel students will get a taste of life behind bars in “Prison, Society and You.” Taught by Cyndi Rickards, assistant teaching professor of criminal justice, the course will bring together 15 students with 15 incarcerated men and women in a seminar that takes place inside the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia.

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Drexel Students LIFT Spirits of Those in Need

December 16, 2011
Philadelphia chapter of LIFT

Drexel is often hailed by students, alumni and parents for its cooperative education program—and for good reason. It allows students to receive valuable hands-on learning opportunities in a professional setting of their choice. But, one instructor at Drexel is engaging her students in another type of experiential learning—one that ties academia with local civic engagement.

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Drs. Mary Ebeling and Susan Stein recognized at the University's Faculty Recognition Dinner and Awards Ceremony

June 02, 2010

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CoAS Research Day

May 27, 2010

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