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All News tagged "Academy of Natural Sciences"

An artist's depiction of what the Strud nursery ecosystem may have looked like, including the three different placoderm species discovered at the site and the likely plant-life there. Image by Justine Jacquot-Hameon/PLOS-One.

‘Nursery’ Discovered in Belgium Provides Insight into Prehistoric Fish Life

The discovery of a group of young, prehistoric fish fossils provides some insights into the extinct creatures’ lives — and how fish today might be similar to them.
This octopus is one of many Blaschka items held by the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Hidden Treasures: Art of the Abyss

Over a century ago, scientists at the Academy of Natural Sciences were entranced and intrigued by the lifelike beauty of a collection of glass models of marine life created by German artisans and father-and-son team Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka, and made sure the delicate creations quickly became a part of the Academy’s collection.

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Drexel Experts Available to Comment on Democratic National Convention

As Philadelphia prepares to host what is likely to be one of the largest and most historically significant Democratic National Conventions, Drexel experts are available to comment on issues ranging from the logistics of putting together the massive gathering and its historical significance, as well as addressing the biggest political issues that will face presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton.

A scanning electron microscope image of a diatom. Courtesy of Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization.

Tiny Algae Ideal for Sniffing Out Nutrient Pollution in Water

Tiny algae, called diatoms, living in water could be key to providing a definitive and clear measure of whether streams, rivers and lakes have damaging levels of nutrients in them.
Left side view of the Hypophthalmus marginatus collected from the Suriname River.

After Centuries of Confusion, Unique Bones Help Scientists Place Catfish

The Hypophthalmus catfish has long stumped scientists trying to explore its origins, but a pair of researchers from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University finally believes their analysis of the fish’s backbone and unique swim bladder has solved the puzzle.
 A kookaburra from the Academy of Natural Sciences collection, photographed by Jeff Fusco.

Frozen in Flight: Taxidermy Birds from The Academy of Natural Sciences

Birds from the Academy of Natural Sciences’ vast collection of taxidermy will be on display with fine and decorative arts from The Drexel Collection the Rincliffe Gallery May 20 through August 22.
Left to right, Paul Kaczmarczik, Paul Michael Kaczmarczik and Mike Kaczmarczik pose with Nobel Laureate and 13th Kaczmarczik Lecture speaker William D. Phillips at the 2008 event.

Employee Spotlight: The Kaczmarczik Family

Since the 1940s, a member of the Kaczmarczik family has studied, taught or worked on campus. Three generations of Kaczmarcziks have accumulated over 80 years of combined educational and professional experience at Drexel.


Sleeping under the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Sasquatch Selfies and Other Adult Overnight Wonders at the Academy of Natural Sciences

Forget the sleepovers you had as a kid. This adult version gets you up close and personal with some of the weirdest parts of the Academy’s extensive collection, all in the comfort of your pajamas.
The Drexel Naturalists' Association pictured on an excursion in Wissahickon Valley Park.

Celebrate the Great Outdoors with the Drexel Naturalists’ Association

Now that spring has sprung, students can better appreciate nature in and outside of the city with the Drexel Naturalists’ Association.
President John A. Fry presents his strategic plan at the Queen Lane Campus

President Fry’s Second and Third Town Halls Highlight the Importance of Communication

In town hall meetings at Drexel’s Center City and Queen Lane campuses, President John A. Fry said communication between colleges sparked the successes of the past year and detailed how it will be even more important in the years to come.
A photo of scientists working in the Delaware river watershed. Photo by Arielle Webster.

Delaware River Watershed Grants to Fund 4 Projects by Drexel Researchers

Four research teams at Drexel University will be joining in the scientific work of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative through a series of funds administered by the Academy of Natural Sciences and financially supported by the William Penn Foundation.
East fork of the Bear River, one of the study sites.

Un-Muddying Waters: Drexel Researchers Studying Climate Change in Mongolian, U.S. Rivers

As a part of a National Science Foundation macroecology study spanning two continents, a team of researchers from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will compare river systems in grassland areas of Asia and North America to see how they function and how human activity, including the effects of climate change alters that.