The Science of Why Philadelphia’s Public Housing is Going Smoke Free
Health & Medicine

The Science of Why Philadelphia’s Public Housing is Going Smoke Free

On July 16, 2015, Philadelphia’s public housing agency became the largest in the country to go smoke-free in its communities. It’s a new policy informed by a solid base of scientific evidence—some of which was generated through evaluation research done in partnership between city agencies and the Drexel University School of Public Health. Ann Klassen, … Continue reading

Why Clothing Advertisements Should Feature Average-Sized Models
Business & Law

Why Clothing Advertisements Should Feature Average-Sized Models

Using average-sized models in clothing advertisements could create a “win-win” situation for both clothing manufacturers and women’s health, according to research by a Drexel PhD candidate. Hoori Rafieian, a doctoral student in the LeBow College of Business, used Photoshop to create thin, average and plus-size versions of a female model in advertisements for luxury and … Continue reading

Asteroid Crash Kicked Off Mega-Volcano in the Process that Killed Dinosaurs, According to New Study
Science & Technology

Asteroid Crash Kicked Off Mega-Volcano in the Process that Killed Dinosaurs, According to New Study

When an enormous asteroid struck Earth 66 million years ago, a planet-wide quake shook the magma plumbing of a massive, active volcano—radically changing the style of volcanic eruption in one of the planet’s rarest, largest lava flows. This is the sequence of events supported by a new study published last week in the Geological Society … Continue reading

Does Your Toddler Point at Airplanes? How Early Autism Screening Helps Families and Public Health
Community & Society / Health & Medicine

Does Your Toddler Point at Airplanes? How Early Autism Screening Helps Families and Public Health

“Does your child point with one finger to show you something interesting, such as an airplane in the sky, or a big truck in the road?” An array of questions like this one, asked by a pediatrician or other professional to parents of toddlers, makes up one of the best standardized measures that can detect … Continue reading

Can Music Therapy Help Soldiers with PTSD?
Community & Society / Health & Medicine

Can Music Therapy Help Soldiers with PTSD?

For current and former members of the military who experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), one of the central difficulties of the disorder is the ability to manage, or down-regulate, their negative emotions. Among other symptoms, people with PTSD are prone to being triggered by stimuli in their environments that remind them of past traumatic events, … Continue reading

Why is This Weevil #BlueandBlack? And How Do We Know?
Community & Society / Science & Technology

Why is This Weevil #BlueandBlack? And How Do We Know?

Do you see blue and black here? The insect pictured above is a weevil from the genus Eupholus, a specimen in the entomology collection of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. You’re looking at this blue and black (and partly iridescent green) weevil today because we’re making a shameless ploy for attention on … Continue reading