In early December 2012, the Libraries launched a new and innovative service at W. W. Hagerty Library that received international press coverage and positive feedback from peers, patrons and the Drexel community.
Celebrating intellectual and creative life at Drexel is a key part of the Libraries’ strategic plan and there is much to celebrate. Already the Libraries has instituted a ScholarSip event series and an annual Author Event to recognize the contributions faculty make to scholarship. Now, the Libraries add recognition of graduate students.
The Libraries invited sophomore graphic design students in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design’s Typography I classes, taught by assistant professors Shushi Yoshinaga and Julia Colton, to develop unique designs for Drexel University Libraries’ Library Learning Terrace.
During the fall 2011 term, students worked under tight deadlines to create typographical compositions. Chosen designs will be printed on fabric screens that are part of the Herman Miller furniture currently located at the Learning Terrace, including those on the large stationary hub.
Projects were on display at the Library Learning Terrace between November 28th and December 5th. During that period, members of the campus community were invited to provide feedback on the projects and help select which pieces will be chosen for installation.
The Drexel campus is flooded with new faces this summer, as new students and their parents attend orientation sessions
Drexel’s two-day commencement begins today. In honor of all the graduates, the Archives presents a new online exhibition, The History of Drexel Commencement. Created by Andrew Beck, an iSchool student and Archives volunteer, the exhibition presents materials from the Archives’ collections that document the ceremony, speakers and locations of this rite of passage.
This essay is the tenth and last in the series Drexel students write about Drexel innovations
Mentors on Call
by Joshua Ritz and Jay Majersky
Starting a business out of college can be an incredibly difficult task. Armed with little to no prior knowhow on how to start a business, and even less experience as an entrepreneur, budding entrepreneurs must face the challenges of researching the interest in their business, planning its marketing and promotion, and funding their venture. By themselves, it can become a nearly impossible task, and with a 60% failure rate, it may even seem too intimidating to start. Luckily, thanks to the Mentors on Call program at the Baiada Center, they don't have to go through the process alone.
This essay is the ninth in the series Drexel students write about Drexel innovations
Innovation at the College of Nursing and Health Professions
By Megan Flynn
Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) is the first undergraduate nursing program in the country to use simulation with patient actors. This provides an experience for students and builds their clinical confidence in early clinical courses. Not only does this give health profession students the experience of effective communication, assessment and intervention techniques with real people, but actual patients are being taxed - as they are in other schools who use real patients. After the simulation, a faculty member views the entire "patient encounter" and provide objective feedback. Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow was the person initially responsible for incorporating the use of simulated patients into the undergraduate programs.
This essay is the eighth in the series Drexel students write about Drexel innovations
No More Fumbling for Coins: Drexel Alumns Create the Ompay Parking Meter
by Emily Kim
In order to successfully develop a solution, a problem must first be recognized. Appropriate planning and research must be conducted to understand the underlying issues. Drexel University alumni, James Kohler and Nitin Khanna, have sympathized with Philadelphia drivers and the apprehension they endure while parking. This anxiety is a result of feeding parking meters with the last quarter dug out from either the car’s ashtray that has become a piggy bank, or the pockets of pants and shirts that have been infested with crumbs and lint. Rushing back to the parked car in hopes of beating the notorious Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) before they can issue a parking violation is yet another product of the city’s parking situation. The PPA is the regulating body of all on-street parking in the city. In fact, Khanna has once fallen victim to being ticketed for an expired meter. With this experience lingering in their minds, Kohler and Khanna have collaborated ideas to create a process that ultimately alleviates this stress. Entitled OmPay, the system relies on the use of the Smart Card, which is akin to a debit card. With the swipe of the Smart Card, as opposed to the insertion of loose change, drivers are able to pay for metered parking on streets throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Since its introduction in 2001, OmPay has been applauded for its convenience to tourists, businesspeople, students, and commuters alike.
This essay is the seventh in the series Drexel students write about Drexel innovations
Detecting Cardiac Allograft Transplant Rejection
by Steven Doll and Amanda O’Malley
The immune system is a primary form of defense against foreign bodies for multi-cellular organisms. The immune systems of vertebrates in particular are by far the most intricate, consisting of several layers of defense against pathogens. Vertebrate immune systems feature a function known as acquired immunity. “Immunology”, by George Pinchuck, states that “The acquired immunity is highly specific, i.e., the system discriminates between various antigens, responding with a unique reaction to every particular antigen” (2). An antigen is usually a protein embedded in a cell’s surface (or viral capsule) that can be bound by a certain antibody. Antibodies that are bound to a pathogen in this manner signal to other cells of the immune system that said pathogen is foreign to the body. This triggers a cascade of events that results in a specific response to the recognized antigen (Immunology 6).
This essay is the sixth in the series Drexel students write about Drexel innovations
Innovating the Wheel: LeBow College of Business students want you to fall in love with a Subaru
by Robyn Weaver and MC Sokolowski
“Warning, purchase of the Subaru Impreza may cause butterflies in stomach, persistent
smile, impulsive off-roading, spontaneous road trips, or other common symptoms of car
infatuation” headlines the creative group of Lebow College of Business students on their ad campaign Facebook page. In the fall of 2007 Ashley Keen, Maria Papadakis, Jake Roberson, and David Dempsey of Drexel’s Lebow College of Business formed a class unlike any other in the school’s history. These pioneering students competed in Subaru’s Project Acceleration: The Subaru Impreza Collegiate Challenge. Twelve schools from across the country were selected to create advertising campaigns and the schools; the top three campaigns presented their work to executives at the Subaru of America headquarters in Cherry Hill, New Jersey (Project). The students were given a $3,000 budget to fund their campaign. Inspired by Subaru’s logo which has an oval exterior with six stars within, these Drexel students created Six Star Associates Consulting.