Special Report: Autism Research Update

Exploring the Spectrum

_A Search for the Source

_Craig Newschaffer

While most autism research focuses on diagnosis in early childhood, Drexel and its partners have taken an ambitious, alternative approach.

_Fine Line

_Michael Yudell AND TEAM

Where is the ethical line between keeping the public informed about new developments in autism science and causing needless anxiety? Researchers are working on guidelines.

_Age Matters

_Brian Lee

Large population samples indicate that autism risk rises with the age of both parents — especially the mother’s.

_Autism Outreach on Wheels


The A.J. Drexel Autism Institute is taking its clinical research work to the streets to extend autism outreach.

_Aging Out

_Paul Shattuck

Paul T. Shattuck’s research is putting numbers to the problem of the “services cliff” that families face when their autistic children reach adulthood.

_By the Numbers

Lindsay Lawer Shea is leading an effort to get a comprehensive count of the size of Pennsylvania's population on the autism spectrum.


Your Brain on 55,000 Volts


Killing Them Sweetly


Heart Troubles


What’s in a Game?


Invisible World


Hive Mind


New Dimension


Hot Couture


Mind Readers


The Seed of an Idea


The Legacy of Ruth Patrick


MXene: A 2D Star is Born


Ripe for Study


Killer Instinct


Prehistoric Puzzle


A Cup That Counts


A New Collaboration

_CSR in the Workplace

_Daniel Korschun

Do corporate social responsibility programs improve employee performance? Yes, they do.

_Risky Biz

_Anneclaire De Roos

Anneclaire De Roos is studying potential risk factors, including exposure to solvents on the job, for multiple myeloma, an aggressive cancer.

_A Place to Talk Code


Drexel’s new APP Lab is the official headquarters for students interested in creating the next great app.

_Calorie Counters


Diners order foods with fewer calories when the menu includes nutritional labels, researchers found.

_New Public Assistance Approach

_Mariana Chilton

A new microfinance project has evolved out of a program created five years ago by Drexel’s Center for Hunger-Free Communities to prevent hunger and promote self-sufficiency.

_Solar Energy Breakthrough

_Jonathan Spanier

Researchers have identified a compound that could make solar cells less expensive, easier to manufacture and more efficient.

_Crowdsourced Beetles

_Dan Duran

To collect data about an elusive beetle, one researcher turned to the Internet.

_Addiction and Stress

_Elisabeth Van Bockstaele

Chronic use of opioid drugs tampers with neuropeptides in the brain, leading to drug addiction.

_Lake Lab


Imagine a pristine, glacial lake serving as a unique living laboratory for studying water quality and climate change.

_Ethics of Algorithms

_Kristene Unsworth AND TEAM

Two Drexel researchers are examining how computer scientists’ personal values and cultural influences shape the content of algorithms.

_Building on Human Behavior

_Jared Langevin

“Human factors” — how people individually adapt to office temperatures — play into the design and operation of sustainable architecture.

_Training Days

_Clyde Goulden

A World Bank project in Mongolia is filling the country’s top ecological ranks with Western-trained climate scientists.

_Safety for Those Who Save

_Jennifer Taylor

Jennifer Taylor is developing a comprehensive database that can be used to reduce firefighter injuries nationwide.

_Halting Brain Tumor Invasion

_Christos Katsetos

Researchers studying a therapeutically challenging class of lethal childhood brain tumors are proposing ways to stop their spread.

_Stomach Bugs

_Jacob Russell

Ants’ stomachs, and the tiny organisms living there, may provide tiny models of what goes on inside our own bodies.

_A New Twist on Ankles

_Sorin Siegler

Sorin Siegler’s research corrects a flaw in the conventional understanding of ankle morphology and could result in better artificial ankles.

_Getting Teens to Talk

_Guy Diamond

One Drexel professor developed an online questionnaire to get teens to open up with their doctors about risk factors for suicide.

_Deadliest Catch

_James Spotila

A new Drexel study shows that Costa Rica’s longline fisheries threaten the survival of eastern Pacific sea turtles and other marine life.

_Harvesting Energy’s Future

_Sabrina Spatari

Researchers are working to turn grasses that grow in areas unfit for farming into a new source of fuel and energy.

_The Wiring of Addiction

_Barry Waterhouse AND TEAM

Investigators in Drexel's College of Medicine are exploring psychostimulant action on cognitive enhancement and the mechanisms of addiction.

_The Itch That Rashes

_Herbert Allen

It's now known what causes the itchy skin condition known as eczema.

_Tracking Tiny Twisters

_Walter Bien

GPS tracking and radio transmitters give researchers a peek inside the world of newborn pine snakes.

_Circle of (Dis)trust

_Rachel Greenstadt

Computer science professor Rachel Greenstadt is using authorship-recognition tools to identify cybercriminals and assess the level of trust present in Web-based hacker forums.

_Should Fed Prevent Bubbles?

_Marco Airaudo

Marco Airaudo makes the case for intervention in the markets.

_Fish n’ Hips

_Ted Daeschler

Newly described pelvic bone fossils from an ancient fish species challenge the existing theory of the evolution of walking in vertebrates.

_Who’s Funding the Climate Change Debate?

_Robert Brulle

The first peer-reviewed, comprehensive analysis of the donors funding the climate change countermovement has documented a rise in “dark money.”

_No More Paper Trail

_Aleksandra Sarcevic

A centrally accessible display of a patient’s medical information promises to bring order to the chaos of treating severely injured patients.