So you think you know a lot about beer. Or is it just that you drink a lot of it? Drexel University is offering a ten-week course in beer this fall and the Center for Hospitality & Sport Management is opening up a limited number of seats to hospitality industry folk as well as serious beer nerds.
You can learn everything from how beer shaped early human history, how beer helped end the Middle Ages and what beer really tastes like. Over the course of the ten weeks you’ll visit breweries and even make your own brew. The class has a research requirement and final in-class presentation.
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The Drexel University men’s basketball team is travelling to China to play four games against Chinese University and professional teams. To get the team ready for Chinese culture, the school invited the occasionally foul-mouthed and bombastic Han Chiang, owner of seven Han Dynasty restaurants, to come in and give them food to try and also offer some tidbits to avoid culture shock.
Among Chiang’s tips:
- Never hold the door open for someone
- Never let someone pay for the bill without fighting for it
- Don’t waste food
- And take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity
Han Dynasty Owner Gives Drexel Men’s Basketball Team a Taste of China [Drexel University]
Han Dynasty – University City [Foobooz]
University City High School. Photo via Wikimedia.
PlanPhilly reports that a deal between Drexel University and community groups setting the terms for Drexel’s development of the former University City high school site is likely to be completed this afternoon. Drexel wants to buy the site of the shuttered school from the school district for $25 million, but first wants to secure a zoning change for the site from City Council.
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Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka’s recently opened coZara at 33rd and Chestnut Streets is now open for lunch. The 140-seat restaurant is offering Japanese izakaya dishes like:
- Maki wraps – Burrito sized wraps of soy paper and rice filled with spicy shrimp and Eel, salmon teriyaki and a mushroom with soy butter
- Ramen – Shoyu (chicken thigh, shoyu egg, bok choy) and Paitan (pork belly, shoyu egg, black garlic oil)
- Plates - Complete meal with entree choice of miso glazed salmon, chicken yakitoriand more, all served with rice, house salad with ginger dressing, edamame, pickled vegetable and miso soup.
- Rice Bowls - Una Don (barbecue eel), Hawaiian Poke Don (Dashi-soy braised chicken) and Katsu Don (Dashi-soy braised Panko crusted pork)
coZara Lunch Menu (PDF)
About halfway into last night’s Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial primary debate at Drexel University, a protester jumped on stage to criticize the four candidates — Rob McCord, Kathleen McGinty, Allyson Schwartz, and Tom Wolf — for failing to support a moratorium on fracking, the controversial mining technique.
The protester was Liz Arnold, who has been working with Pennsylvania Voters Against Fracking. The group held a rally against the process outside the gubernatorial debate at Drexel — but were rebuffed from entering the debate, says Food & Water Watch Fund Senior Pennsylvania organizer Sam Bernhardt. FWW Fund is the political arm of the D.C.-based Food & Water Watch, and is coordinating Pennsylvania Voters Against Fracking’s advocacy this election season. The group supports a moratorium on fracking in the state. Read more »
Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sports Management is hosting a Pennsylvania Dutch Cuisine Dinner on Wednesday, May 14th at 6 p.m. The dinner highlights local “farmhouse cookery” with an upscale twist to create Pennsylvania Dutch Neideitsch “New Dutch” cuisine. The dinner will be prepared by Drexel Adjunct Professor William Woys Weaver, PhD and chef Steve Eckerd of Little Fish. Complimentary beer courtesy of Sly Fox Brewing will also be provided.
The Pennsylvania Dutch Cuisine Dinner will begin with a happy hour at 6 .p.m followed by dinner at 6:30pm. The all-inclusive dinner is $65 per person and will be held in the Academic Bistro, located on the 6th floor of the Paul Peck Problem Solving and Research Building (101 N. 33rd Street).
Drexel will be hosting a final spring dinner on Wednesday, May 28th when Jim Burke, former chef and owner of James cooks at the University.
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It seems like every time we turn around, someone is printing something new with a 3D printer. People are 3D printing guns. People are 3D printing houses for less than $5,000. People are even 3D printing sex toys. And now, a team at Drexel University is printing real live cancer tumors.
Why would anyone want to do this?
“Two-dimensional cell culture models are traditionally used for biology study and drug screening,” explains Dr. Wei Sun, the director of Drexel’s research center at the Shanghai Advanced Research Institute and professor at Drexel’s College of Engineering. “However, two-dimensional culture models can not represent true 3D physiological tissues so it lacks the microenvironment characteristics of natural 3D tissues in vivo. This inherent inadequacy leads to shortcomings in cancer research and anti-tumor drug development. On the other hand, 3D tumor models can represent true tumor 3D pathological organizations and will lead to a new paradigm for cancer study.”
Though 3D printing is new to many, Sun has been working with the technology since the early 2000s. In 2002, Sun patented a 3D printer capable of creating tissue samples.
The image seen here is of a living tumor grown in eight days from a printed mixture of cervical cancer cells and a gel-like substance. In Sun’s study, published in the April edition of the journal Biofabrication, 90 percent of the cancer cells survived the process and grew into tumors.
This could change the way that cancer researchers search for a cure for the disease, because the new method would allow them to work with tumors that are almost exactly like the real thing.
This past February the Sheller Family Foundation donated $2.5 million to Drexel University’s 11th Street Family Health Services Center to help fund a $9 million expansion. The center, located in North Philadelphia, currently has 17,000 square feet, which will be doubled to about 34,000 square feet following the two-story addition.
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Despite a plethora of studies showing that gay moms and dads are just as effective at parenting as their heterosexual counterparts, courts are not considering that in child custody dispute cases. That comes from a new study out of Drexel University that’s led by Emily Haney-Caron, and Kirk Heilbrun, PhD. More from a press release sent out this week:
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David Fierabend of Groundswell Design Group has become one of our favorite people. He and his company were behind the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Pop-Up Garden from last summer that we just can’t stop praising. His company is also responsible for the landscape architecture at Morgan’s Pier, Talula’s Garden and the Waterfront Winterfest.
An impressive list but that’s nothing compared to the projects they have planned.
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