Month: September 2020

Teaching and Learning with Technology welcomes newest faculty fellows cohort

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State’s Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) has welcomed eight instructors as members of the newest Faculty Fellows cohort. During the 2020-21 academic year, the projects of Justin Brown, along with colleagues Adrian Barragan and Jamie Garcia Prudencio, Margaret Hoffman, Tom Hogan, Randy McEntaffer, Dawn Pfeifer Reitz and Jan Reimann will, in their unique ways, focus on student engagement.

“The current state of higher education has placed a bright spotlight on the need to keep students involved with and participating in their coursework,” said Bart Pursel, director of innovation with TLT. “We’re thrilled to welcome

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Drexel University College of Medicine

DNA break

September 10, 2020

A team of Drexel University College of Medicine researchers is advancing a way to destroy cancer cells exploiting “synthetic lethality,” which is caused by deficiency in the DNA damage response (DDR) pathway. Synthetic lethality occurs when deficiencies in each of any two genes can be tolerated by the cell but the combination of these two deficiencies is lethal.

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Results from a February survey shows widespread agreement that Drexel’s ties to the city, co-op and employers belong at the heart of Drexel’s 2020-2030 Strategic Plan, now set for release later this year.

August 31, 2020

Just over $100,000 was awarded to 22 faculty and professional staff through Drexel’s Rapid Response Research & Development Fund.

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Colleges look for lower-risk ways for students to socialize

One hallmark of the fall semester so far has been the recurrent theme of college administrators pleading with students to stop partying — and threatening and imposing punishments on those who do — to try to tamp down the spread of COVID-19. But as college administrators try their hardest to stop students from attending crowded indoor parties and bar hopping, the question arises of what they can or should do to help students socialize in lower-risk ways.

To this end, some colleges are creating new outdoor gathering and performance spaces, erecting tents that limited-sized student groups can reserve, and holding

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New 3-D printing method could jump-start creation of tiny medical devices for the body

NIST scientists get soft on 3D printing
Illustration of a prospective biocompatible interface shows that hydrogels (green tubing), which can be generated by an electron or X-ray beam 3D-printing process, act as artificial synapses or junctions, connecting neurons (brown) to electrodes (yellow). Credit: A. Strelcov/NIST

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new method of 3-D-printing gels and other soft materials. Published in a new paper, it has the potential to create complex structures with nanometer-scale precision. Because many gels are compatible with living cells, the new method could jump-start the production of soft tiny medical devices such as drug delivery

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Health experts evaluate college reopenings

On the sidewalks of Villanova University, every student is wearing a mask. They gather in small groups to eat dinner under the sunset, lowering their face coverings to eat from takeout containers.

The dining hall is filled with long tables, cut by layers and layers of Plexiglas, encasing each diner in something of a tunnel and separating them from the people seated nearby.

In lecture halls, students sit glassy-eyed, spread strategically about the rooms. Maximum room capacity, ranging from 56 down to one, is written on the door of every room of every size.

Windows remain open. Tents have

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