2013-2014 News Archive

Drexel University joins Congo Basin Forest Partnership

On September 17, 2014, Drexel University celebrated its new membership in the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) at a welcome reception in Washington, DC. The reception, hosted by the U.S. State Department Facilitation Team of the CBFP and including many members of the diplomatic core saw the expansion of the University Consortium of CBFP with the addition of Drexel, University of Maryland and the University of California, Los Angeles. Read More

Dr. Kristine Mulhorn visits China

Dr. Kristine Mulhorn recently travelled to Dalian Maritime University in China under the Fulbright Senior Specialist Program. Dr. Mulhorn spent 17 days at Dalian Maritime giving lectures on aging and demography in the US and China, US health care reform, and sociology. Read More

Dr. Kara Spiller Receives NSF Award with Collaborator at University of Sydney

Dr. Kara Spiller, Assistant Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, received an NSF award with her international collaborator at the University of Sydney. Read More

China Tour: Team Ready to Begin Exploring Beijing

After a 14 hour flight we have touched down in Beijing, China! We were greeted at the airport by our outgoing and very knowledgable tour guide, Nels Hawkins, along with his assistant Tiantian, who is from Shanghai, and our local Chinese tour guide, George!. Read More

US-China Environment and Urban Public Health Summer Internship

Increasing urbanization and climate change are two of the great challenges in the 21st century. An estimated 6.2 billion people – two-thirds of the world’s population – will be living in cities by 2050. Globally, cities currently account for about two-thirds of the world’s energy consumption and about 70 percent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Read More

Call for Proposals – Global Innovation Initiative, British Council

The Global Innovation Initiative (GII) is a shared commitment of the United Kingdom and the United States to strengthen research collaboration between universities in the UK, US, and selected emerging economies. Read More

U.S. Colleges and Universities Invited to Apply to Multilateral Research Partnership Grant Competition

The governments of the United States and the United Kingdom launched today the second application cycle of the Global Innovation Initiative, a higher education grant competition created to strengthen higher education research partnerships between the United States, the United Kingdom and four other countries: Brazil, China, India, and Indonesia.. Read More

Fulbright Update from Chile

Sarah graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelors and Masters degree in Materials Science and Engineering in 2013. Bringing together her love for Spanish-speaking countries and her focus in biomaterials and bio/synthetic, biomimetric polymer systems, she decided to apply for a Fulbright scholarship and is now carrying out her Fulbright grant in Chile to understand the applications of science and engineering in her host country. Read More

American Dreams: Lessons learned from creating a passion project from scratch

One year ago, while participating in a leadership course at Landmark Education that empowers participants to create a community-based project of their choice, I realized that my time had come to make a difference for the international student community in the United States. Read More

A Trip to Improve Infrastructure and Quality of Life In Honduras

On this trip, a team of 12 Drexel students and two faculty members went to Honduras as the Architecture Brigade to construct homes for a family chosen by Global Brigades. They were placed in a community in Honduras and worked alongside a family to construct their home. Read More

Drexel University Partnership with Shanghai Tech

A Drexel University delegation, led by President Fry and including Julie Mostov, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives; Suhada Jayasuriya, Distinguished University Professor and Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics (MEM); Wei Sun., Albert Soffa Chair Professor, MEM and Director, Drexel-SARI Center, and David Velinsky, Vice President for Academy Science, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and Head of the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Sciences were in China last month on a multi-city trip. Read More

Office of International Programs Celebrates Gilman and Boren Scholarship Recipients

The Drexel Study Abroad Office is pleased to announce the winners of the prestigious Gilman and Boren scholarships. The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship serves to facilitate access to study abroad programs for students typically underrepresented in study abroad. The Boren Scholarship provides funding for language study in languages that are deemed critical by the US government. These scholarships are highly competitive, and so we are honored to announce the following Drexel student recipients. Gilman Scholarships: Leshe Scott: Summer ’14 in Tokyo, Japan; Olivia Haley Schmitt: Summer ’14 in London, UK.
Boren Scholarship: Jennifer Siew: Fall ’14 at USP in São Paulo, Brazil.

Opportunities for Study Abroad in Dominican Republic

Dr. Gabriella Ibieta, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature in the Department of English and Philosophy and OIP Provost Fellow, traveled to the Dominican Republic this March to explore opportunities for study abroad and to establish connections with the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD). While there, Dr. Ibieta was invited to give a talk at the UASD about the teaching of Caribbean Literature in the United States.

Whitaker Undergraduate Scholars

Biomedical Engineering students Emily Ballantyne (BS ’17, Honors) and Samantha Fox (BS ’17, Honors) received the prestigious Whitaker International Undergraduate Scholarship for research co-ops in Chile and Switzerland respectively. The Whitaker International Program provides funding for U.S. biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) students and graduates to study, conduct research, or intern abroad. Samantha Fox's Profile, Emily Ballantyne's Profile

4th annual Global Night of Networking

On Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 Drexel alumni participated in the 4th annual Global Night of Networking (GNN). This year, 1335 alumni participated across 36 cities making GNN one of the largest Alumni Association events of the year. Read More

International Oppurtunities Speed Dating

On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, Office of International Programs Study Abroad, and the Steinbright Career Development Center sponsored the first International Opportunities Speed Dating event, as part of World Fusion Fest 2014. The purpose of this event was to connect students interested in the various international opportunities available at Drexel, including study abroad and coop abroad, with students who have already participated in international programs. Read More

Drexel, Hebrew University, CHOP Hold Joint Research Symposium

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Drexel University and Hebrew University came together for a symposium focused on pediatric translational research — turning lab science into treatment for patients. Read More

Drexel joins Global Study Abroad initiative

Drexel University has pledged to join the Institute of International Education (IIE)’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade. Drexel University has committed to increasing the number of undergraduate students who study abroad by doubling the number by the end of the decade. Read More

Fall Break in Chile

The course explores Chilean literature about the violence and repression sparked by the military coup d’état of 1973; the “disappearance” of thousands of Chileans throughout the 1980s; and the exile and displacement experienced by many others. While in Santiago, we will visit the new Museum of Memory and Human Rights, which offers a trove of artifacts and exhibits documenting the period, and Villa Grimaldi Peace Park, a site of remembrance where Chileans were formerly interrogated and tortured. Also: a tour of the colonial center of Santiago; visits to the capital’s pre-Columbian, historical, and art museums; a day trip to a town in the surrounding Andes; a tour of the coastal area of Viña del Mar and the port city of Valparaiso, a UNESCO site. tudents who have already participated in international programs. Read More

Alternative Spring Break - Costa Rica

During Spring Break 2013, eight members of Drexel University took part in Drexel’s first international Alternative Spring Break (ASB). The trip took place in the rural area of San Jose, Costa Rica on a family run farm. The farm goes by the name, La Gran Vista, which operates as a self-sufficient and sustainable model for farming. This farm’s purpose is to demonstrate the wholeness and effectiveness of sustainable ecological agriculture to locals and visitors from all over the world, like us. Read More

World Fusion Fest 2014

World Fusion Fest is an annual, week-long celebration of the international/intercultural presence on Drexel’s campus. The week is packed with exciting activities and events for the entire Drexel community to enjoy and learn. Read More

For These Freshmen, College Started With 15 Weeks in Ireland

The 10 Drexel students who enrolled in the Freshman Frontiers program last fall still had traditional start-of-college experiences, but they weren’t quite the same as those of their classmates. The Frontiers students experienced their move-in day and campus confusion in Dublin, Ireland, where they studied for their first term of classes. Read More

Drexel Hosts Global Game Jam

Montgomery County Community College is game for anything. Especially gaming. The college will be one of the area sites this weekend to host the Global Game Jam . The other locations are Drexel University and Camden County College. "The Global Game Jam is the world's largest game jam event taking place around the world at physical locations," the event's website says. "Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development." Read More

Collaborative Research: Prof. Peter Lewin

Complementary expertise of Hebrew University Institute for Drug Research (HUJI) team lead by Profs Philip Lazarovici and Elka Touitou and Drexel University team lead by Prof Peter A. Lewin holds promise to enable non-invasive, virtually free of side effects, transdermal drug delivery of medication that otherwise would require oral intake or tissue injection. Read Article 1, Read Article 2

Drexel SEED Lab Receives Grand Challenge Explorations Grant

A team of students from Drexel's College of Engineering, led by Alexander J. Moseson, PhD, an assistant teaching professor in the College and director of the Sustainable Engineering and Entrepreneurship for Development (SEED) Lab are among the latest recipients of a Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Read More

Power Up Gambia

Power Up Gambia, with its mission to provide reliable, responsible electricity and water to health facilities in western Gambia serves to increase access to health care for poor people and to reduce the toll of "modernization" on our planet. This work succeeds in uniting the two great struggles of our time: the struggle for social justice and that for ecological justice. Read More

EAGLES Faculty Mobility Awards

The EAGLES (Engineers as Global Leaders for Energy Sustainability) grant offers funds to faculty for academic visits to one of our two EU partner schools, Politecnico di Milano and Politecnica de Madrid. Funding is available to cover airfare (up to $1800) and living expenses (up to $1200 per week for two to four weeks) for faculty engaged in work related to energy sustainability. Read More

Funding Program for Student Organizations

The Office of International Programs is pleased to announce its new "Student Sponsored International Event" (SSIE) series. The SSIE series is a funding award program for student organizations and leaders to hold an internationally-themed event for the Drexel community. Student organizations are welcome to begin submitting applications as early as Fall quarter 2013-2014....Read More

Graduate Student Liesl Driver Awarded Fulbright To Study in Brazil

Liesl Driver, a graduate student in the Global & International Education (GIE) program, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA). She’ll be traveling to Brazil next year to serve as a teaching assistant at a local university and conduct research in the community. Read More.

City, nonprofit promoting "global profile" of the area

Pushing Philadelphia forward as a world center, the Mayor's Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs and the nonprofit Global Philadelphia Association are rolling out more than 100 public events, starting Sunday and running through Nov. 1, to promote "international consciousness" and a "global profile" for the.... Read More

Collaborations: The fourth age of research

Impact and innovation will flow from a coalition of the willing, not the straitjacket of international policy and coordination. Multinational programmes are not the answer, nor are academic memoranda of understanding. To maintain the dividend that governments garner from research excellence, they must ensure that universities and their researchers have the resources, facilities and incentives to create and sustain flourishing partnerships....Read More

Drexel Preview

Drexel University hosted its inaugural Drexel Preview for incoming Chinese students in Shanghai (July 18th and 19th) and Beijing on (July 21st and 22nd). Dr. Julie Mostov, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, and Dean David Ruth, Office of Campus Life, represented Drexel along with faculty and staff from Study Abroad, College of Arts and Sciences, LeBow College of Business....Read More

Global Classroom

Call for Applications - Global Classroom

These are classrooms that engage our students with students at one of our partner universities abroad through a range of on-line and electronic technologies, addressing global challenges and solutions.Faculty members who are ready to incorporate a global dimension into their classroom experience and... Read More.

Drexel University Expands Its Partnerships in South America

Drexel University President John A. Fry and Drexel faculty and administrators joined Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett's delegation to Brazil and Chile, from April 6-16 and included stops in Brazilian cities of Sao Paulo, Florianopolis and Rio de Janeiro, along with Santiago, Chile. The delegation also included OIP's own Dr. Julie Mostov, Vice Provost of Global Initiatives, David Wilson, Vice President of Government and Community Relations..Read More

Drexel Students and OIP Staff's first international alternative spring break trip

We did not know what to expect as we turned off Route 2 onto what seemed like a steep hill that our 8-passenger van could not possibly handle. Thankfully it did, and we soon arrived to La Gran Vista,welcomed by Ign. Donald Villalobos and two returning volunteers from the United States. As a group -seven students and one staff member from Drexel University in Philadelphia,Pennsylvania- we were relieved to have finally arrived at what would be the start of a great experience on our alternative spring break trip...Read More.

Drexel Students receive highly competitive grants from the Whitaker International Program

The Whitaker International Program sends U.S. biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) students and graduates overseas to undertake a self-designed project that will enhance their careers within the field.Josa Hanzlik (Biomedical Eng), Kevin Freedman (Chem Eng), Nicholas DiStasio (Biomedical Eng), and Claire (Martin) Witherel (Biomedical Eng'12) received highly-competitive grants from the Whitaker International Program..Read More