Drexel Researchers Call for an Innovation and Investment Approach to Autism Population Needs
Community & Society / Experts / Health & Medicine

Drexel Researchers Call for an Innovation and Investment Approach to Autism Population Needs

A new study published this week in the journal JAMA Pediatrics put a price tag on the services for individuals with autism across their lifespan: from $1.4 million for those without intellectual disability to $2.4 million for those with both autism and intellectual disability. Those numbers are staggeringly large. But Drexel researchers Paul Shattuck, PhD … Continue reading

Improving Hospitality Services for the Disabled, One Project at a Time
Business & Law

Improving Hospitality Services for the Disabled, One Project at a Time

As a former leader in the hospitality industry, Alex Cohen, a second-year marketing PhD candidate in the LeBow College of Business, knows that Philadelphia is a popular tourist destination. Almost every entertainment possibility is covered: hotels, retail and shopping, museums, historical spaces, parks, restaurants, sports arenas and more. But as someone diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a … Continue reading

2,000 Calories Per Day are All You Need: A Closer Look at Restaurant Menu Labeling Research
Health & Medicine

2,000 Calories Per Day are All You Need: A Closer Look at Restaurant Menu Labeling Research

Are you reading the fine print? Skipping it could be a bad idea for your health, especially in Philadelphia and other areas where that fine print contains important information: The city’s chain restaurants are required to post information about calories, fat and other nutrients on their menus. A new study published by a team led … Continue reading

Made in Pennsylvania. A Model for America.
Opinion

Made in Pennsylvania. A Model for America.

As the leaders of Pennsylvania research universities, we represent institutions that are large and small; private and public; urban and rural; ivy and land-grant. Yet, for our many differences, we are united in our commitment to serving the public good. We’re grateful for the support taxpayers have shown our institutions during challenging economic times, and … Continue reading

Why can’t the snakes cross the road, secret lives of baby snakes and other New Jersey Pineland snake science
Science & Technology

Why can’t the snakes cross the road, secret lives of baby snakes and other New Jersey Pineland snake science

Why can’t the pine snakes cross the road? Hint: New Jersey traffic might have something to do with it. Drexel students will bring to light these and other findings about the plight, perils and peculiarities  of the Northern Pine Snake in several presentations and posters at the Ecological Society of America annual meeting next week … Continue reading

Dusting for Prints from a Fossil Fish to Understand Evolutionary Change
Science & Technology

Dusting for Prints from a Fossil Fish to Understand Evolutionary Change

In 370 million-year-old red sandstone deposits in a highway roadcut, scientists have discovered a new species of armored fish in north central Pennsylvania. Fossils of armored fishes like this one, a phyllolepid placoderm, are known for the distinctive ornamentation of ridges on their exterior plates. As with many such fossils, scientists often find the remains … Continue reading

Guiding Light: Can the Quality of Assisted-Living Home and Hospital Life be Improved With the Flick of a Switch?
Health & Medicine / Science & Technology

Guiding Light: Can the Quality of Assisted-Living Home and Hospital Life be Improved With the Flick of a Switch?

Can you imagine a life without sunsets? Twenty-four hours of daylight? Perhaps – if you’re summering in the Arctic Circle. But as a relatively common occurrence in hospitals and group-living centers, it can disrupt sleep patterns, cause disorientation and throw off basic bodily function.  Drexel researchers are working on a solution that brings the benefits … Continue reading

Building an Autism-Friendly Space: A Tour of the Drexel Autism Institute’s Future Home
Community & Society / Health & Medicine

Building an Autism-Friendly Space: A Tour of the Drexel Autism Institute’s Future Home

“We’re going to need an autism-friendly building.” Dr. Jennifer Plumb, a clinical social worker, made this comment mid-way through a tour of the future home of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute on Market Street in University City, Philadelphia. I had the opportunity to join Plumb, who just began working at the Institute this month as … Continue reading