Drew University’s Top Stories of 2021

Rankings, new programs, guest speakers, and a fraudulent COVID-19 meme

January 2021 – Drew University had a busy 2021. Let’s take a look at the most-read stories of the last year.

10. The Rev. Dr. Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre Named Interim Dean of the Drew Theological School

Johnson-DeBaufree joined the Drew faculty in 2005 as a professor of New Testament and early Christianity, and became the associate dean of the Theological School in 2015—the same year she was awarded the distinction of Teacher/Scholar of the Year at the Theo School.

9. Drew Grads Accepted to Medical Schools at Impressive Rate

Drew University grads who applied to medical schools in 2021 earned acceptance at a rate nearly twice the national average for first-time applicants.

8. Drew Unveils Fall Forward Program

Drew University looked to meet students where they are with the new Fall Forward Program, which allows students to enroll mid-semester and take classes on a part-time basis.

7. Drew Announces New Cybersecurity, Statistics Majors, Dual-Degree with NYU

New programs and opportunities add to robust academic offerings.

6. Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Five Love Stories

Stories from Tina Mancuso C’93 and Ray Semiraglio C’93, Bhavna (Raval) Williams C’90 and Khürt Williams C’91, Lisa (Lemery) Chiariello C’86, P’22 and Dan Chiariello C’86, P’22, Summer Kemp-Schlemmer T’11 and Brian Schlemmer T’10, and Arminta Fox T’15 and Matthew Ketchum T’15.

T- 5. Drew Named a Princeton Review Best College Once Again and Climbs in International Student Enrollment Ranking

Drew continues its run on the Princeton Review’s annual guide and moves up to fourth in the nation in international student enrollment.

4. Van Jones Outlines Four Crises Facing the Western World

The CNN host spoke to a virtual audience as part of the Drew Forum series.

3. Drew Named Top 50 Liberal Arts University by Academic Influence

In the website’s first ever rankings, Academic Influence ranked Drew 47th in the country in their list of the Best Liberal Arts Colleges & Universities in the U.S.

2. Drew Announces Six New Dual-Degree Programs

The new programs add to the already robust list of Dual-Degree offerings at Drew, which has partnerships with schools like Columbia, Duke, NYU, and Washington University in St. Louis in fields like business management, cybersecurity, engineering, law, medicine, and software engineering.

1. Drew Nobel Prize Winner Refutes Ivermectin Meme

Drew University’s Nobel Prize-winning RISE Fellow Associate Dr. William Campbell issued a statement denouncing a fake quote attributed to him relating to COVID-19 and ivermectin.

“I utterly despise and deny the remarks attributed to me on social media on September 8, 2021. I reject both the substance and the tone of the remarks, and resent their presentation as a direct quotation. The tweet in question was not concerned with science. I am a biologist with no claim to expertise in the clinical evaluation of drugs against viral infections. Thus, I have not taken a stand in support of, or against, the efficacy of ivermectin against COVID-19.”

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