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Mark Sabaj and his daughter Sofia holding fish

Eyeless Catfish Named for Discoverer’s Daughter

To honor his young, science-minded daughter, a researcher from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University named a new species of blind, Amazonian catfish after her.
View of the Micromyzon orinoco specimen from above.

Almost 4 Decades Later, Mini Eyeless Catfish Gets a Name

Discovered in a 1978–79 expedition, a pale, eyeless catfish that doesn’t even measure an inch long is now known as Micromyzon orinoco, for the South American river in which it was discovered.
Vincent O'Leary on the Schuylkill River as part of the "Project Footpath" course.

In the Classroom and on the River Banks, Passing on a Love for Science

Vincent O’Leary is using his time at Drexel to get others interested in science, whether that means teaching elementary school students about physics or helping launch a class to explore urban ecology and environmental science.
The three founders of Hahnemann Medical College, started in 1848: Constantine Hering, MD; Jacob Jeanes, MD; and Water Williamson, MD.

The Forgotten Founders of Drexel Institutions

Anthony J. Drexel founded Drexel University, of course. But there are other institutions now ingrained in Drexel’s DNA — like the College of Medicine and the Academy of Natural Sciences — that were founded by other innovators in the 19th century.
Bob Peck pictured on the Great Wall China in 2011.

Employee Spotlight: Robert McCracken Peck

Bob Peck, senior fellow of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, is celebrating 40 years as the museum’s “humanist” with the release of a new book and grateful reflections on a career like no other.
Fossils discovered from the B. rex around a drawing of what the fish's head looked like.

A New ‘King’ — New, Gigantic, Ancient Armored Fish Discovered

In the Arctic, a team that included scientists from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University found fossils of a giant new species of extinct armored fish that they named Bothriolepis rex — the new king of Bothriolepis.
A diorama featuring four different aoudads, or Barbary sheep, a species native to North Africa.

Academy of Natural Sciences Collections Available Now on Google Cultural Institute

Travel through time with new natural history collections from the Academy of Natural Sciences and others on Google Arts & Culture.
George W. Gephart Jr.

President of the Academy of Natural Sciences Will Retire Next Year

George W. Gephart Jr., who led the Academy of Natural Sciences into its affiliation with Drexel, will retire next year.
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.

DNC pins

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.