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One of the world's earliest geological maps was recently pulled from the Academy Archives and put on display for visitors, but only for a few days as it is quite delicate and rare.

The World Underfoot

Eighteenth-century land surveyor William Smith was a rock star. And we mean that quite literally — Smith’s 1815 map of England, Wales and part of Scotland was the world’s first look at the organization of the earth beneath our feet. Less than 200 copies of this seminal work exist today and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University owns one of them.
Specimens from that were contributed to the Academy's collection by clergy during the museum's early days. They include a bushbaby, giant snail, beetle, turtle and bird.

Academy Exhibit Highlights Clergy’s Contributions to Science

An exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is highlighting the intertwined role of science and the clergy at the museum’s beginning.
A young girl looking at some specimens of the Academy of Natural Sciences' bug collection. Photo by Meredith Dolan/ANS.

The Academy’s Staff Talks Bug Fest Favorites

With Bug Fest set for this weekend, the Academy of Natural Sciences’ staff discusses what they’re looking forward to at the annual celebration of bugs.
Teacher naturalist Caitlin Halligan at Academy of Natural Sciences' making a face as she presents on a skunk's scent to a group of children.

Learning from the 'Grossness' of Animals

Let’s face it: Animals can be gross. But what can we learn from some of the things that we find disgusting or weird? A new exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences shows us.
Philadelphia Science Festival

Drexel Joins Philadelphia Science Festival's Weeklong Celebration of Science and Technology

Students, faculty and staff from Drexel University will help make the fifth anniversary of the Philadelphia Science Festival one of the biggest citywide celebrations to date. More than 200 regional partner organizations from museums to cultural centers and educational institutions will present over 100 events across the city during the nine-day celebration intended to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. 


"Majungasaurus."

Painting Prehistoric Beasts

When he’s not helping discover new dinosaurs and fossils, the Academy of Natural Science’s Jason Poole uses the prehistoric beasts as inspiration for his art.
African Pygmy Kingfisher (Ispidina picta) photographed in Vwaza Wildlife Reserve, Malawi. Credit: Jason D. Weckstein

Study of African Birds Reveals Hotbed of Malaria Parasite Diversity

A new study published this week in the journal PLOS ONE explores the scope of malaria parasite diversity in southeast African birds, and provides insight into how lifestyle characteristics of birds can influence their association with different parasite genera.
Participants in the Academy of Natural Sciences adult overnight get ready for bed in Dinosaur Hall. Photo by Mike Servedio.

Academy of Natural Sciences Hosts First Overnight for Adults

Springing off the success of sleepovers for its younger visitors, the Academy of Natural Sciences invited adults to sleep over at the museum and bunk next to a T. rex.
The Drexel Storylab's "Insider Access Workshops" will use Drexel's unique archival treasures as inspiration for aspiring writers.

What Stories Do You Have to Tell? Drexel’s New Storylab Can Help

The Drexel Storylab, a new initiative in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of English & Philosophy, aims to help writers of all levels jumpstart the creative process by working with established writers and looking for inspiration in unlikely places. 

North America: Ted Daeschler (second from right) with his team on Ellesmere Island.

Spanning the Globe: Drexel Research Reaches Around the World in 2014

Where in the world have Drexel professors conducted research in 2014? The answer: all seven continents.
Loÿc Vanderkluysen, PhD, monitors the active volcano Sinabung in Indonesia.

Q&A: Understanding the Eruption and Rescue Efforts at Japan's Mt. Ontake

Drexel vulcanologist Loÿc Vanderkluysen, PhD, provides insight into the science of volcanos and what challenges remain during the ongoing rescue effort in Japan.
Kenneth Lacovara, PhD (center) speaks with a crowd of community members in attendance at the Mantua Township Community Fossil Dig Day.

A World-Class Fossil Dig, a One-of-a-Kind Community Event

More than a thousand residents and visitors to southern New Jersey will dig their own fossils and learn from the Drexel University paleontologist and students who conduct globally significant scientific research at Mantua Township's third annual Community Fossil Dig Day.