Crowd-Powered Systems with speaker Dr. Michael Bernstein from Stanford University, Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
Research Day, April 18, 2013
Discover - Undergraduate Research

Students are spearheading the creation of a living learning laboratory for multidisciplinary research projects in sustainability...


Drs. Nwankpa and Miu are using lessons learned from the blackout of 2003 to create smarter energy systems...


Dr. McGrath's team works with researchers on evaluating the commercial potential of a discovery and its protectability...



Please do join us on Wednesday July 24, 3p.m.-4 p.m. in the ExCITe Center @ 3401 Market  to learn about the Research Facilities planning process that Drexel will use to inform development of the Innovation Neighborhood.

The University has entered into a partnership with Payette, a Boston-based architectural firm skilled in all scales of research facility design, ranging from master planning a large campus district to the precise insertion of a small building addition.  With clients throughout the country and around the world – Payette has worked with the Aga Khan University, Boston College, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, Duke University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, National Univ. of Ireland, Galway, Princeton University, Skolkovo Innovation Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Yale University to name but a few -  Payette’s academic research buildings are charged with the dual duty of advancing knowledge by creating vital, innovative environments for teaching and research, while at the same time enhancing the academic campus experience.

Todd Sloane and Jim Collins from Payette will join us on July 24, to learn more about our needs, walk through one of the first buildings to be renovated – 3101 Market, and to share their insights on research facilities planning with Drexel faculty, students and administrators.

Science Center's QED Program Spring 2013

The latest Round of the Science Center's QED Program (QED Spring 2013) has just been opened (View Request for Proposals). Application forms, instructions, frequently asked questions and other materials are available on the QED website ( Completed applications should also be uploaded via the Science Center website. The final submission deadline is Monday, June 17, 2013 at 5 PM, and applicants submitting by May 17 will have an opportunity to receive individual feedback and revise their applications before the final submission date.

“Putting Watson to work in Healthcare”
Presented by Ed Nazarko, IBM Healthcare Architect
Thursday, April 11, 2013 , 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Behrakis Grand Hall, Creese Student Center
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“Research Integrity and Responsible Conduct of Research: Why Should You Care?”
Presented by Dr. John E Dahlberg
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 , 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Stratton Hall Room 113, Campbell Auditorium , 3200 Chestnut Street
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“Autism and the Transition to Adulthood:
New Findings, New Questions”
Presented by Dr. Paul Shattuck
Thursday, March 21, 2013 , 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Main Building, 3rd Floor A.J. Drexel Picture Gallery 3141 Chestnut Street
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Dr. Shattuck will share findings from his research, which has emphasized national-level data on youth as they age from adolescence to adulthood. He will look at issues related to employment, education, services, and social participation and address the pressing question: How does life turn out for individuals with autism after they leave high school?

Life Online: The Ethics and Methods of Conducting Research in a Digital Age
Thursday, March 14, 2013, 9 AM- 3 PM
Sky View Room, MacAlister Hall, 6th Floor, Drexel University

Drexel's STS program is hosting a free, day long workshop providing the chance to network, brainstorm about best practices, and talk with and hear lectures from top scholars in this area. Feel free to attend part or all of the workshop. Lunch will be provided. If you plan on attending lunch (12 Noon), rsvp at The workshop is open to the public. Feel free to invite colleagues, friends, graduate or undergraduate students. View the session details.

Will “Meaningful Use” Be Meaningful for Public Health?
Presented by James W. Buehler, MD
Thursday, January 31, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Bellet Building, Room 604 (6th floor), 1505 Race Street

The federal government is investing heavily in promoting the use of electronic health records (EHRs) through an incentive program that requires physicians to adopt and demonstrate the “meaningful use” of certified EHRs. While the program is primarily aimed at lowering healthcare costs and improving the quality and efficiency of personal health services, it also includes population health objectives and requires physicians to use their EHRs to exchange information with health departments. This seminar will address the substantial challenges and opportunities for state and local health departments in achieving the population health benefits of this program. More information

2013 Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is requesting proposals for the Fiscal year 2013 competition for the Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program. Through this competition, the Program expects to make awards in several specific research topic areas. All submissions undergo a rigorous competitive evaluation and are selected based on merit, relevance to the IC mission, and available funding. Submission is due by Noon Eastern Standard Time on Friday, January 18, 2013. More information on requested research topics and eligibility requirements.

The Kaufman Foundation Grants

The Kaufman Foundation will award annual research grants to researchers at Pennsylvania universities to carry out fundamental research in the areas of biology, chemistry, and physics. Grant programs include: New Investigator Research Grants - Up to six awards at a maximum of $150,000 for two years ($75,000 per year); New Initiative Research Grants - Up to three awards at a maximum of $300,000 for two years ($150,000 per year) The deadline for the initial Letter of Intent is Tuesday, January 15, 2013. Please forward any questions to or 412-394-2617. Read More

The Michelson Prize & Grants

Grant funding of up to $250,000 per year per grant is available through the Michelson Grants to fund research in pursuit of non-surgical sterilants for cats and dogs. Investigators are encouraged to submit for "proof of concept" studies in cell culture, rodents, and/or target species. The $25 million Michelson Prize will be offered to the first entity to provide Found Animals Foundation with a single dose, safe and effective non-surgical sterilant for male and female cats and dogs. Read More

Jefferson Science Fellowship

The National Academies is pleased to announce a call for nominations and applications for the 2013 Jefferson Science Fellows program. The fellowship is open to tenured, or similarly ranked, academic scientists, engineers and physicians from U.S. institutions of higher learning. Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) spend one year at the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for an on-site assignment in Washington, D.C. that may also involve extended stays at U.S. foreign embassies and/or missions. To learn more and to apply, visit

Pilot Funding Promoting the Kimmel Cancer Center Consortium Collaborative Research

In May 2012, Drexel University (DU) and Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) established an overarching General Research Affiliation Agreement and a specific Cancer Research Affiliation Agreement to form a cancer research consortium with the Kimmel Cancer Center (KCC) at TJU. Lankenau Institute for Medical Research (LIMR) is also a formal consortium member of the KCC. In an effort to strengthen scientific ties amongst the institutions, joint collaborative pilot projects between the KCC, LIMR, and Drexel University will be supported. Each team must contain, at a minimum, one investigator from DU and one investigator from TJU or LIMR. Read More.

AWIS-PHL Travel Awards

AWIS-PHL will award three travel grants for 2012, in the amount of $500.00 each, to support the attendance of female students at national meetings of the scientific societies appropriate for their disciplines at which they will be presenting their own research. Read More.

Lockheed Martin Global Innovation Challenge

On August 6, Lockheed Martin launched the “Innovate the Future” contest with cash awards totaling $50,000 (Lockheed Martin news release). Interested participants are encouraged to share their ideas on how innovation can enable a more secure future for the planet. You can submit ideas on a range of topics facing the world community, including the need for sustainable energy, cyber security, and healthcare. Read More.

Call for PEW Biomedical Scholars

Departments are invited to nominate new Assistant Professors for the PEW Biomedical Scholars Program, which is open to individuals with a doctorate in medicine or biomedical sciences. Read More

Nominations sought for Searle Scholars

Nominations are sought from our junior faculty for the Searle Scholars program. The candidate, who must be nominated by Drexel, is expected to be pursuing an independent research career in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences. Read More

W.W. Smith Charitable Trust

The W.W. Smith Charitable Trust supports basic medical research in heart-related research ; grants seeking such support are due at the foundation Sept 15, 2012. (note that cancer and AIDS research has a different deadline). Read More

Call for Posters

Building on the successful meetings held prior to the ISSOTL conferences in Liverpool (2010) and Milwaukee (2011), the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) will be again be offering a pre-conference symposium at the ISSOTL 2012 conference in Hamilton, Canada. Read More.

Community Grant Winners Announced

Dr. Nicole Vaughn, Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health, and Rev. Carey Davis were awarded this year’s annual Community grant for their ability to show commitment to community-based participatory research in their submission entitled, “Understanding How to Support and Build Resilience within Community Leaders.”

The team led by Dr. Vaughn and Rev. Davis received $10,000 for a 1-year pilot program to collect and analyze data from a series of surveys and focus groups as a means to attract the support of larger, external funding sources to foster interdisciplinary, community-based research in this area.

Each fall, Drexel University, Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as part of the Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center participate in Community Driven Research Day where community-based organizations have the opportunity to partner with faculty from the various institutions and apply for support on one of their initiatives. With this year’s award from Drexel University, Dr. Vaughn and Rev. Davis will conduct their work over the next 12 months and present their findings at the annual Community Driven Research Day scheduled for Fall 2013.

17th Kaczmarczik Lecture 2011 Nobel Laureate Dr. Brian Schmidt to Speak on "The Accelerating Universe"

In 1998 two teams traced back the expansion of the universe over billions of years and discovered that it was accelerating, a startling discovery that suggests that more than 70% of the cosmos is contained in a previously unknown form of matter, called Dark Energy. The 2011 Nobel Laureate for Physics, Brian Schmidt, leader of the High-Redshift Supernova Search Team, will describe this discovery and explain how astronomers have used observations to trace our universe's history back more than 13 billion years, leading them to ponder the ultimate fate of the cosmos.

Dr. Schmidt's lecture will be held on March 1, 2012 at 3:00 PM in the Main Building Auditorium (3141 Chestnut St). For details, visit

Funded Community Research Grants

Community Research Grants were a response to an internal competition. Twelve grants were received; the following four programs have been funded. The projects are co-sponsored by the Office of University and Community Partnerships; Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, Pennoni Honors College and the Office of Research. We would like to congratulate the following awardees:

Improvement of Parenting Self-efficacy as a Facilitator of Healthy Infant Feeding Practices in Low-Income, Formula-feeding Mothers
Alison K. Ventura, Jennifer Savage Williams, Jennifer R. Breaux
Drexel University, Departments of Nutrition Sciences and Public Health
Penn State, Center for childhood Obesity Research

Morton McMichael School Playground
Debra H. Ruben, Franco Montalto
Drexel University, Department of Architecture and Interiors and Civil Engineering

Capacity Development to Ensure Measurable Priority Health Related Outcome Evaluation of the Mantua and Powelton Village Community Improvement
Jana Mossey, Yvonne Michael, Loni Tap, Anthony Grubesic
Drexel University, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and College of Information Science and Technology

Environment for Engagement, Presbyterian Homes
Diana Nicholas and Andrew Cronin
Drexel University, Department of Architecture and Interiors