Upcoming Events from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Dino Days Festival
Date/Time: November 28-30, 2014,  10am – 5pm
Location: Academy of Natural Sciences 1900 Ben Franklin Parkway
More Information: ansp.org or 215-299-1000

Celebrate dinosaurs and their closest living relatives—birds –with  a holiday weekend of family fun at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Explore the world of the dinosaurs as you examine real fossils up close, meet live birds, and talk with dinosaur experts. Fun games and crafts are guaranteed to entertain everyone from the wisest to the youngest dinosaur experts in your family. Free with museum admission.

Nerd Nite
Date/Time: December 3, 2014, 7:30 pm sharp
Location: Frankford Hall 1210 Frankford Ave
More information: http://www.ansp.org/get-involved/programs/adult-programs/nerd-nite/

December 3 features talks on Charles Dickens, the Mutter Museum, Dark Matter and entertainment via the 1984 Sears Wishbook!

Nerd Nite is a monthly café held in more than 75 cities across the globe. For more than three years, Philadelphia has taken part in this monthly lecture event where bookworms, geeks, and gurus gather for drinks in a fun, casual atmosphere. The event strives for a relaxed, nerd-tastic vibe. It’s sometimes about comics or history, architecture or food, movie posters or even science—and that’s where the Academy comes in. You’ll hear from some of our geekiest, most lovable staff and scientists, and you’ll definitely emerge with something remarkable or bizarre to share. The unofficial tagline is, “It’s like the Discovery Channel –with beer!”


Science on Tap
Date/Time: December 8, 2014, 6 pm
Location: National Mechanics, 22 S. 3rd St
More information: http://www.ansp.org/get-involved/programs/adult-programs/science-on-tap/

December 8 features a talk on “The Physics of the Perfect French Fry” hosted by the Wagner Free Institute of Science.

Science on Tap is a monthly science café in Philadelphia for anyone who is interested in getting together with other people to discuss a range of engaging science topics. It’s held at National Mechanics, a relaxed, convivial bar in Old City, and features a brief, informal presentation by a scientist or other expert followed by lively conversation.

Upcoming Seminars & Colloquia

Weekly Seminars at the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

Seminar – Brain Plasticity in High Definition
November 21, 2014
4:00 PM
Location: Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, Room: 120

Arko Ghosh, PhD
Institute of Neuroinformatics
University of Zurich / ETH Zurich

Physics Colloquium: “Present and Future of Solar Neutrino Physics with Borexino”
Thursday, November 20, 2014
3:30 PM-4:30 PM

Andrea Pocar, PhD, assistant professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Borexino is a large, low-energy neutrino experiment that has been running since 2007 at the Gran Sasso underground laboratory in Italy. It is the only detector potentially sensitive to the entire solar neutrino spectrum. It has measured the Berillium-7 neutrinos with 5% precision, the Boron-8 neutrinos with lower energy threshold than previous experiments, and observed pep neutrinos for the first time.

Most recently, Borexino made the first direct detection of pp solar neutrinos, the most abundant yet hard to detect due to their low energy and the presence of the Carbon-14 background in organic scintillator. We will summarize these and other results, focusing on this latest measurement. We will also present the goals for Borexino in the coming years: measuring the CNO solar neutrino flux and investigating short baseline neutrino oscillations with artificial sources.

Contact Information

Michelle Dolinski, Assistant Professor

Physics Colloquium: “Engaging Students in Modeling Instruction”
Thursday, December 4, 2014
3:30 PM-4:30 PM

Eric Brewe, PhD, Florida International University

Introductory physics is arguably the most important thing that a physics department does. It is the primary way that students from other science disciplines engage with physics, it is the introduction to physics for majors, and it is the place that preservice physics teachers learn the content that they will ultimately teach. Modeling Instruction is an active learning strategy for introductory physics built on the premise that science proceeds through the iterative process of model construction, development, deployment and revision. We describe the role that participating in ‘authentic’ modeling has in learning and then explore how students engage in this process in the classroom. In this presentation we provide a theoretical background on models and modeling and describe how these theoretical elements are enacted in the introductory university physics classroom. We provide both quantitative and video data to link the development of a conceptual model to the design of the learning environment and to student outcomes.

Contact Information

Professor Steve McMillan

Chemistry Seminar: Draining the Moat – A Natural Product-Inspired Approach to Combat Biofilms
Thursday, December 4, 2014

4:30 PM-5:30 PM
Disque Hall, Room 109

School of Education: The Global Education Colloquium

The multifaceted global issues that face today’s educators and students represent unique opportunities and challenges to develop global, international and intercultural awareness, knowledge and perspective.

Calendar of Events: http://drexel.edu/soe/event-series/gec/

Global Education Colloquium: Brown Bag Lunch Series The Global Education Colloquium conducts a monthly Brown Bag Lunch Series that features a distinguished speaker and lively discussion. GEC events are held the third Tuesday of every month on the main campus of Drexel University, starting promptly at 12 Noon. You are invited to bring your lunch. Drinks and cookies will be served.

To register for an upcoming event, please visit drexel.edu/soe/GEC-events If you are unable to attend, during the event you can view via the live webcast: http://goodwincollege.adobeconnect.com/gec For more information, email Dr. Kristy Kelly, faculty coordinator for the GEC, at kek72@drexel.edu.

Next Up: The Internationalization of a German University: English Language Master’s Programs, the State, and the New Nationalism
December 16, 2014

BEES Graduate Research Seminar
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
PISB Room 104
James Higham, PhD, New York University

Contact Information:
Name: Jamie Arrigal
Phone: 215-571-4639
Email: jla336@drexel.edu



November Books & Bagels 11/21

Join us for our next Books & Bagels: Conversations on Interdisciplinary Research!

Friday, November 21, 2014
Graduate Student Lounge (Main 010A)
Basement of Main Building
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Brief introduction to current research by graduate students followed by a moderated discussion.
Audience participation is encouraged.
Lunch will be provided.


Boris Dyatkin
PhD Candidate, Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering
“Threading the Needle: Finding Common Themes in Energy Materials Research”

Dr. Mohit Sehgal
Recent PhD Graduate, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
“MicroRNAs: Small engine, Big Power”

Moderated by Dr. Teck-Kah Lim, Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Professor of Physics

Can’t make it? Tune in live at 12pm:
http://tinyurl.com/BooksandBagelsNovember 2014

Visit the Books & Bagels video archive:

Want to speak at an upcoming Books & Bagels?
Fill out the form at this link:

Flyer: http://www.drexelgsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Flyer-11-21-14.pdf

GSA Presents: A Night at the Kimmel Center 11/22

Purchase your ticket here starting Friday at 10am! https://secure.touchnet.com/C20688_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=901

Come out for an evening of orchestra at the Drexel University’s GSA Presents: A Night at the Kimmel Center! The Philadelphia Orchestra will feature Brahms and Stravinsky music conducted by Susanna Malkki with violin by Juliette Kang.

Tickets go on sale Friday, November 14 at 10 AM and will be on sale through 3 PM on Friday, November 21 or until sell out.

When:Saturday, November 22, 2014, 8 PM
Check in begins at 7 PM at the Kimmel Center. Meet representatives from the GSA, show your Drexel ID, and get your ticket. More details to follow via email. Entry not guaranteed after 8 PM. The theater may choose NOT to seat you if you are late. Please plan accordingly.

Where: Kimmel Center Verizon Hall, 1500 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Sorry, transportation is not provided.

Who: Drexel University graduate students enrolled in quarter programs and alumni (one ticket per ID)
Sorry, no guests (includes undergraduate students, alumni, or others). This event is for current graduate students only and subsidized by the GSA and graduate student fees.

Cost: $10

How: Purchase ticket online by completing the registration form here (Amex, Discover, Mastercard, or Visa). Sorry, no cash.: https://secure.touchnet.com/C20688_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=901

Please plan to pick up your physical ticket with your Drexel ID at the venue before the event between 7-7:45 PM. A follow-up email will be sent to all attendees on the day before the event with full details about ticket pickup and GSA’s location.

Event Policy (PLEASE READ):
Must be a current Drexel University graduate or professional student enrolled in a quarter program to purchase tickets. Limit one ticket per Drexel graduate student ID. Please report to the venue and check in with your Drexel student ID and/or a government-issued photo ID by 8 PM. Entry is NOT guaranteed after 8 PM. Sorry, no refunds or exchanges.

Contact GSA (dsogsa@drexel.edu) with any questions or concerns.

DGWISE: Navigating the Complex Pathways of Graduate School Panel 11/18

DGWISE Present’s Navigating the Complex Pathways of Graduate School 

Tuesday, November 18th
12:00PM (Lunch will be served)
Graduate Student Lounge, Main 010A

Are you having trouble approaching or finding a potential advisor? Are you having trouble obtaining funding? Are you unsure that you like your research and potentially want to switch labs? Graduate school can present a lot of unforeseen complications, but you do not have to struggle through these decisions and more alone! Come to DGWISE’s panel based discussion on how deal with some of the many issues that can arise during grad school and learn from advisors, fellow grad students and the fellowship office how to tackle any challenge that grad school throws your way!!

Please come with any questions that you have as well and take advantage of what Drexel has to offer you. Feel free to email dgwiseboard@gmail.com with questions.


International Education Week 2014

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

Sponsored by the Drexel School of Education, Steinbright Career Development Center, and Office of International Programs

Schedule of Events: http://drexel.edu/soe/event-series/international-education-week/

Kick-Off Event
Title of Event: International Education Careers
Date and Time: November 12, 4:15-6:45 p.m.
Location: MacAlister Hall, Room 2019, 3250 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
Enjoy some pizza, network and learn about careers in international education. Drexel faculty, staff, students and alumni will discuss their careers in study abroad, teaching English-as-a-foreign language, and working for the UN and international organizations. There will also be representatives from Steinbright and the Fellowships office to discuss opportunities available for students internationally.

The Dornsife Global Development Scholars Program (Priority Deadline 11/7!)

Apply for the The Dornsife Global Development Scholars Program – Priority Deadline is Nov. 7, 2014

The Dornsife Global Development Scholars program is one of the University’s newest, fully funded, hands on international experiences, which is open to all graduate and undergraduate majors (at all levels). We are excited to present this opportunity for students to make their mark on the quest for clean water in Africa.

The Dornsife Global Development Scholars program is based on a mentorship model, creating opportunities for students of all majors and educational levels to work alongside our World Vision partners on development projects related to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) including: health education, change management, social marketing, community engagement, monitoring and evaluation, economic development, and a host of other areas related to promoting and improving health outcomes in Africa. This program allows students to gain an international experience in sub-Saharan Africa for the duration of either 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 10 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, or over an academic semester/term break.

The application process is now open and application forms and more information can be found here http://publichealth.drexel.edu/global/dornsife-scholars/apply/. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. However, priority will be given to candidates who turn in completed applications by November 7, 2014.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact our Global Health Program Coordinator, Idris Robinson idris@drexel.edu.

Upcoming STEM Fellowships Deadlines

Upcoming Fellowships Deadlines

Applications are now open for the following STEM-related awards. For more information, go to drexel.edu/fellowships or email fellowships@drexel.edu

NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) National Deadline: November 13

The NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) provide U.S. graduate students in science and engineering first-hand research experience in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, or Taiwan. Programs run approximately 8-10 weeks and include airfare, living expenses, and $5,000 stipend.  For more information, go to: www.nsf.gov/eapsi

UNCF Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowship / Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship National Deadline: December 2 (grad) / November 6 (undergrad)

The UNCF/ Merck Science Initiative supports African-American students in the life and physical sciences and engineering with scholarships and fellowships at three levels: undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral. Awards include tuition and fees, stipends (up to $77,000), educational allowances, and research opportunities. For more information, go to: http://umsi.uncf.org/sif

National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) Graduate Fellowship National Deadline: November 30 / Dec. 8

The NPSC Graduate Fellowship is open to senior undergraduates and graduate students in the physical sciences and related engineering fields. The award covers 2-6 years of graduate school and includes $20,000 expense allowance; tuition and fees; 1-2 paid summer internships with a government agency; and mentoring. For more information, go to: http://www.npsc.org/

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) National Deadline: December 12

The NDSEG Fellowship is a highly competitive, portable fellowship for students who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported STEM disciplines. NDSEG Fellowships last for three years and pay for full tuition and all mandatory fees, a monthly stipend, and up to $1,000/year for medical insurance. For more information, go to: https://ndseg.asee.org/

DOD Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program National Deadline: December 15

The SMART Scholarship for Service Program is supports students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in STEM disciplines. Award includes up to $38,000/year stipend, full tuition and feed, paid summer internships, educational and insurance allowance, mentoring, and post-graduation employment placement. For more information, go to: https://smart.asee.org/

Whitaker International Program

National Deadlines: January 20 (Fellows and Scholars Program); February 3 (Summer Program)

The Whitaker International Program sends U.S. biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) students and graduates overseas to undertake a self-designed project that will enhance their careers within the field.  Grantees are encouraged to engage in policy work and conduct research in academic and industry settings. For more information, go to: http://whitaker.org/

**Please note that the Whitaker undergraduate scholarship program has been discontinued.


DOE National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (NNSA SSGF)

National Deadline: January 14

The NNSA SSGF Program supports students pursuing a Ph.D. in fields of study related to stewardship science, such as high energy density physics, nuclear science, or properties of materials under extreme conditions and hydrodynamics. The fellowship includes a $36,000/year stipend renewable up to four years; as well as a 12-week research experience at Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos or Sandia National Laboratories. For more information, go to:  www.krellinst.org/ssgf/

Coming soon . . .

Department of Energy (DoE) Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (CSGF)

National Deadline: early January. See website for date.

The DOE CSGF program provides support to students pursuing a PhD in scientific or engineering disciplines with an emphasis in high-performance computing, in areas of interest to the DOE. The fellowship includes a $36,000/year stipend renewable up to four years; tuition, fees, and $1-5,000 educational allowance; as well as a 12-week research experience at one of 21 DOE national laboratories or sites. For more information, go to: http://www.krellinst.org/csgf/

GSA Halloween Party 10/31 (Tickets on sale 10/22 at 10 AM)

Come out for an evening of Halloween tricks and treats hosted by the Drexel University Graduate Student Association (GSA)!

Costumes are highly encouraged and prizes will be awarded for the best ones!

Tickets go on sale online at the link below on Wednesday, October 22 at 10 AM and will be on sale through 3 PM on Friday, October 31 or until sell out.

WHEN: Friday, October 31, 2014, 7-10 PM
Check in begins at 7 PM. Students/alumni MUST check in with their Drexel student ID and guest (if applicable). Entry not guaranteed after 8:30 PM.

WHERE: Great Court, Main Building, Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

WHO: Drexel graduate students enrolled in quarter programs and alumni
Current students and alumni may also purchase 1 additional guest ticket (includes non-Drexel, undergraduates, and semester program students other Drexel colleges and school).


$10 for current Drexel graduate students enrolled in quarter programs
FYI: The College of Medicine GSA is also selling tickets to this event for their students at the current student rate. Please contact Lauren Bailey for details (lauren.d.bailey@drexel.edu)

$20 for alumni and guests (one guest per student ID, includes non-Drexel, undergraduates, and semester program students from other Drexel colleges and schools)

WHAT: Purchase includes admission, Halloween-themed appetizer buffet and refreshments, DJ entertainment, and costume contest with prizes!

Dress Code: Costumes are highly encouraged and will be worn by most, however they are not required for entry.

HOW: Purchase ticket online at the link below (Amex, Discover, Mastercard, or Visa). Sorry, no cash.
Please Note: Guest ticket MUST be purchased at the same time as student/alumni ticket. You cannot purchase a guest ticket later.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE BEGINNING 10/22 AT 10AM: https://secure.touchnet.com/C20688_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=869

Drexel Student Code of Conduct: Drexel University expects that all students as well as student organizations will conduct themselves responsibly and in a manner that reflects favorably upon themselves and the University. When a student or organization does not act responsibly and violates the University policies, rules, regulations, or standards of conduct, formal disciplinary action may result.