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1. Give back to the Earth during 2021, Drexel’s Climate Year.

2. Learn about the student-faculty research connections that took top prizes at CoAS Research Day. 

3. How one student’s op-ed led to a $20K recycling grant. 

4. Check out the first issue of Paper Dragon, a lit mag launched by the first MFA in creative writing cohort. 

5. Hear a presentation by Dean Bouchard describing her first year at CoAS and goals for the College.

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Happy New Year! I’m delighted to introduce myself as the new Associate Director for Alumni Engagement and Development for the College of Arts and Sciences. In my role, I have the pleasure of working directly with you — our alumni — to help build a stronger College. I hope you enjoy our quarterly newsletters, which we’ve relaunched as a first step in ramping up alumni participation.
Debjani Bhattacharyya, PhD
As we continue to plan engagement and volunteer opportunities, I’d love to hear from you: What would you like from CoAS as an alum? How would you like to be involved? What can we do to help you in your career and life post-Drexel? I can be reached at, and I’d love to connect!

Emily Urban, PhD
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Meet Alison Murray
MS physics and atmospheric sciences '88
Science, engineering and technology teacher at Central Falls High School in Rhode Island
Debjani Bhattacharyya, PhD
After completing her master’s degree under Prof. Ferrone at Drexel, Alison became a senior associate research scientist for Bayer Diagnostics, accumulating three patents during her tenure. She also served as the president of the Bayer Science Forum, partnering with rural Indiana elementary schools for science instruction. This work with students led her to accept a brief appointment as a visiting lecturer at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, where she was awarded the Indiana University Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence Award.  
After raising two children, and now in Rhode Island, Alison sought to return to the classroom, this time to work with at-risk students. She began working at Central Falls High School, perhaps the most underserved school in the state, where she saw a great need, as well as a great opportunity. There, she writes curriculum and serves on committees for Computer Science for Rhode Island, a statewide initiative aimed at bringing high-quality computer science learning to all students. 
Despite offers to teach elsewhere, Alison has remained committed to Central Falls and her students for more than a decade, and she uses her hands-on experience and creative problem-solving learned at Drexel to meet the unique challenges of teaching. She is beloved by her students and the community.
NBC Nightly News Broadcast (Full) - January 11th, 2021 | NBC Nightly News
Philly Fighting COVID, an organization founded and operated by mostly Drexel alumni and students, creates reusable face masks, respirators and shields for smaller local hospitals. Recently, the organization was featured in an NBC News story about its public vaccination clinics. The CoAS students and alumni involved in this include Andrei Doroshin ’21, Shane Lewis ’17, Malak Shah ’19 and Cutler Whitely ’18. 
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Calendar Icon January 14 - June 10 | Zoom
Community Read: “Ebony & Ivy”
Calendar Icon February 2-6 | Zoom
Drexel Homecoming
Calendar Icon February 10 @ 9 a.m. | Zoom
Global Virtual Exchange Series: Crises in Education
Calendar Icon February 26 @ 12 p.m. | Zoom
Global Passport Series: How the Pandemic Made Us Even Less Equal: Challenges and Opportunities in Africa and the Americas
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Andre Carrington

“Although Pennsylvania’s rate has been lower, COVID has impacted almost every correctional facility... if staff are ill with COVID, prisons must stay open somehow.”
::  Amanda Zelechoksi, PhD law psychology ’07, co-founded Pandemic Parenting, a website offering research-backed information for parents

::  Joshua Anker, BA political science ’19, started bagel-delivery service New York Bagel Butler, featured in a Philadelphia Inquirer article highlighting the rise of the bagel bakery scene in Philadelphia

::  Donna Loyle, MS science, technology and society ’05, named communications manager of the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research in the research division of Main Line Health

::  Linda Tapp, BS biological sciences ’88, elected Vice President of Finance on the Board on American Society of Safety Professionals

::  Lisa Calvano, PhD, BS history and politics ’88, named Associate Dean of the College of Business and Public Management at West Chester University

::  Jason H. Gart, BS history and politics ’94, appointed to the National Archives and Records Administration’s 2020-2022 Freedom of Information Act Advisory Committee

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