August 25, 2014
W AN AND Wei-Heng Shih, both 60, of Bryn Mawr, are co-founders of Lenima Field Diagnostics. Both are professors at Drexel and are developing piezoelectric-sensor technology that can detect a germ that causes diarrhea and is primarily responsible for 14,000 deaths in the U.S. each year, says the CDC. I spoke with Wan Shih. Q: How did you come up with the idea for this technology? A: We have a long history on working with piezoelectric materials that started in the 1990s.
August 21, 2014 |
The next time the Drexel men's basketball team boards a bus to Newark, N.J., it won't be to play Seton Hall. This Saturday, the Dragons are headed to Newark International Airport to embark on a 10-day trip to China, returning on Sept. 3. Along the way they will play four games - two against professionals and two against club teams - before returning home. They will visit Shanghai and Beijing "It's a great experience for us, as a team and as people," Drexel coach Bruiser Flint said.
August 18, 2014 |
For the poor, food is not only scarce, it's often rotten and germ-ridden. Corner stores and small supermarkets that feed vast swaths of impoverished Philadelphia offer bacteria-laced foods in unhealthy conditions that can lead to foodborne illness, a Drexel University study shows. Customers vouch for the science. "Potatoes and baby food are moldy, lettuce is rotten, and the mice are having a good time in boxes of noodles," said Rodney Jenkins, 47, an unemployed North Philadelphia man. "I ate bad fruit from a corner store and got sick.
August 18, 2014 |
Behind a glass wall in Drexel University's ExCITe Center, a fully pregnant mannequin stands tall with nothing on but a strip of knitted blue fabric around its bulging stomach. The garment, called a belly band, isn't the latest trend in maternity wear; it's an all-knit, wireless fetal monitor. Drexel's Shima Seiki Haute Technology Laboratory creates smart garments with electronic circuitry knitted right in. So instead of a boxy device on your wrist or around your waist, the clothes themselves become a monitor that is flexible, comfortable, and soft.
August 18, 2014 |
Like many new relationships, this one developed over a cup of coffee. Except this one might lead to a new drug to inhibit the spread of cancer cells. Joseph M. Salvino, a medicinal chemist, and Alessandro Fatatis, a cancer biologist, crossed paths in spring 2010 at a departmental meeting at the Drexel University College of Medicine. Fatatis presented his recent discovery that breast and prostate cancer cells possess a receptor that allows them to infiltrate the bone, often the first site of metastasis for these cancers.
August 16, 2014 |
Albert H. Laverson, 94, formerly of Haddonfield, a Drexel University tennis and soccer coach who was inducted into the school's Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996, died on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Lions Gate, the continuing care retirement community in Voorhees. At Drexel, Mr. Laverson was the men's head tennis coach for 32 years and men's assistant soccer coach for 43 years. Mr. Laverson was named in 2006 to the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame for his soccer accomplishments. Mr. Laverson grew up in the Strawberry Mansion and Brewerytown neighborhoods and graduated in 1938 from Central High School, where he was the soccer team captain, according to the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
August 15, 2014 |
Like every great home cook, Josephine Samuel has one legendary signature dish. "My mother showed me how to do fried chicken and how you make it taste real good," said Samuel, a Mantua resident. But, she added wistfully, "You can't eat fried chicken every night. " So, she enrolled in "Local Culinary Traditions," a new, free course offering from Drexel University's Center for Hospitality and Sports Management that invites West Philadelphia residents and any Drexel students to collaborate in documenting beloved family recipes and experimenting with making them healthier.
August 9, 2014 |
Drexel athletic director Eric Zillmer had no doubt Thursday's vote by the NCAA Division I board of directors would grant approval for the "Power Five" conferences to gain the autonomy to chart their own course. He also has no doubt this is the wrong course for college sports. He hopes schools override the vote, as Drexel plans to do. Zillmer believes the Big Ten, Pac-12, Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, and Big 12 are grabbing fistfuls of more power by hiding behind what Zillmer calls "their version of enhancing student welfare.
August 8, 2014 |
Carey Rosenthal, 71, of Newtown Square, an associate professor of chemistry at Drexel University, died Wednesday, July 30, of endocarditis and renal failure in Philadelphia. Dr. Rosenthal taught for more than 40 years at Drexel, pausing for a sabbatical as a Princeton University Fellow. The product of his research at Princeton with Herschel Rabitz was an article published in Science, the magazine of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He never retired from his teaching job at Drexel, his family said.
August 6, 2014 |
Imagine the largest-ever unspooling of Christmas ribbon candy made of hard yet pliable maple. Or a flexibly reedy roller coaster fashioned from walnut and coiling through the expanse of a white gallery. Or a three-dimensional, 1,400-foot-long line drawing made of pine, floating in space. The reality of these imaginings can be found at Drexel's Leonard Pearlstein Gallery starting Wednesday, when abstract installation artist Jeremy Holmes' site-specific exhibition "Convergence" opens, marking his Philadelphia debut and also his longest bentwood installation yet. (He previously topped out at a quarter-mile - 1,320 feet.)