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  • December

  • November

    • Golden Crowned Kinglet

      Into The Trees

      November 16, 2016

      A few times a year, scientists from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University venture to remote regions of the planet on some of the most important field trips in the name of science: collecting expeditions. The material they bring back has the potential to open new lines of research and answer limitless questions about life on Earth.

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    • Jonathan E. Spanier, PhD

      Tiny Switch

      November 15, 2016

      A bit of residual moisture helped researchers unlock the ultraviolet light-emitting potential of a material they were studying.

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    • Mario the Dragon Drexel University Statue

      STAR Scholar Q&A with Ejaz Momen and Professor Lloyd Ackert

      November 08, 2016

      Ejaz Momen, Politics '20, has a very full schedule, including an accelerated BA-JD with Drexel University’s School of Law, minors in Arabic and History, and keeping up with his favorite British television shows (imports only – no substitutions!). But in addition to all of his scholarly work, Ejaz took his first summer at Drexel University to participate in the STAR Scholars program with Lloyd Ackert, PhD.

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    • Dimetrodon

      Dimetrodon Discovery

      November 07, 2016

      A prehistoric fossil is “discovered” in the University’s collections and finally classified with its close relatives, 160 years after being dug out of the ground. Since 1845, a segment of an upper jawbone with serrated, inches-long teeth has resided on a shelf at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University under the name Bathygnathus borealism. But like many of the millions of specimens at the Academy, this 270-million-year-old fossil still had a story to tell.

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    • John Kounios, PhD

      The Thinker

      November 07, 2016

      How does a brain scientist known for discovering the neural pathway of sudden, creative insight achieve his own flashes of inspiration? It’s all about getting into the right headspace.

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  • October

    • The Ichthyosaurus somersetensis specimen at the Academy of Natural Sciences with (from L–R) Ted Daeschler, Dean Lomax and Judy Massare.

      160 Years After Its Arrival, New Ichthyosaurus identified at the Academy of Natural Sciences

      October 12, 2016

      More than 160 years after its discovery in an English quarry, an ancient, aquatic reptile specimen at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University has finally been given its own name.

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    • Yellow-faced bee. Photo by Katja Schulz

      4 Things to Know About Bees Hitting the Endangered Species List

      October 12, 2016

      For the first time, bees have been placed on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ Endangered Species List. Sean O’Donnell, PhD, professor in Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences, is an expert on tropical insect ecology, focusing on bees, wasps and ants. He explains here what the addition of bees to the list means and where the prolific pollinators might go from here.

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    • 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

      October 11, 2016

      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.

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    • Rheophyte Illustration

      Natural Born Mysteries

      October 05, 2016

      Until recently, the flora of the interior of Cambodia’s Cardamom region has remained largely uncatalogued. But as Cambodian and international survey teams collaborate, more and more species are coming to light.

      Such was the case for Sarcolobus cambogensis, a rheophytic shrub discovered in the Tatai River in the Koh Kong province.

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    • Drexel Physics Graduate Student Rebecca Phillipson

      Q&A: A Fellowship to Discover Black Holes’ Secrets

      October 04, 2016

      Black holes remain one of the most mysterious and intriguing objects in our universe. One of the newest celestial objects to be studied — they were only first theorized in the 20th century — black holes are areas in space that have such strong gravity that not even light can escape them.

      However, there is little known about them. We don’t even have a real picture of one. That knowledge gap is where Rebecca Phillipson comes in. A physics graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences, Phillipson dreams of discovering more about what makes black holes work.

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  • September

    • Two Centuries of Shells image

      Two Centuries of Shells

      September 19, 2016

      Scientists and naturalists have spent more than 200 years building the Malacology Collection at the Academy of Natural Sciences, making it one of the richest and largest collections in the country, and even the world. It’s no wonder, then, that researchers from across the globe are regularly knocking on the Academy’s door, asking for access to it.

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    • Early Movent and Modern Apes: Dance Lessons with David Parsons

      Early Movement and Modern Apes: Dance Lessons with David Parsons

      September 16, 2016

      Earlier this summer, recent alumnus B. Douglas Whitmire, BA anthropology '16, was working on an independent study project with Professor Wes Shumar, PhD, when Shumar received a call from the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.

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    • Don Charles

      Breathing Life Back Into Brooktrout Lake

      September 12, 2016

      Brooktrout lake was once teeming with the speckled fish after which it is named, but by the 1980s, it had become one of hundreds of lakes and ponds in the Adirondacks of upstate New York that were devoid of fish. The culprit: acid rain from the burning of fossil fuels.

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    • Image of macropinosome fusion by Lee Dolat and Elias Spiliotis

      PhD Candidate Lee Dolat and Biology Professor Elias Spiliotis Published in Journal of Cell Biology

      September 08, 2016

      Cancers are hungry beasts, which in part sustain their uncontrolled proliferation by eating amino acids and other compounds from the interstitial fluid that bathes their surrounding tissues. Cancer cells gobble up fluid and particles by a process termed macropinocytosis, which is the internalization of extracellular material by cell membrane ruffles that close into organelles known as macropinosomes.

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    • 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

      September 02, 2016

      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.

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  • August

    • Mouse brain showing astrocytes

      One Cell, Many Roles

      August 29, 2016

      Specialized cells called astrocytes were once thought to be bit players in the central nervous system, but closer inspection suggests they have complex roles.


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    • Deccan Traps

      What really killed them?

      August 29, 2016

      A new theory suggests that the dinosaurs' fate was sealed by not just one, but two separate disasters around 66 million years ago.


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    • Credibility On Camera

      August 26, 2016

      A Drexel professor will evaluate a new body camera initiative launched by Philadelphia’s transit agency meant to reduce crime and improve officer-citizen relationships.

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    • Law of the Jungle - Image by Exel magazine

      Law of the Jungle, Ignored

      August 23, 2016

      On Equatorial Guinea’s island of Bioko, rising prosperity and lax conservation enforcement have devastated the population of primates and other animals prized by consumers as “bushmeat” delicacies. Thirteen years of data collected by a team of researchers on the island of Bioko show how ineffective the country’s lax environmental conservation laws were in stemming the growth of illegal hunting.

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    • Hubble Space Telescope - Black Hole

      Shining a Light on Black Holes

      August 22, 2016

      Astrophysicist Gordon Richards has discovered more black holes than anyone else in the universe. With assistance from a powerful new telescope being built in Chile, he plans to beat his own record.

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    • Illegal Logging in Ghana


      August 22, 2016

      In Ghana, over half of all forest understory birds have vanished in just 15 years as unchecked illegal logging, economic stress and demand for African timber take their toll on the nation’s rainforests.

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    • Second Chances Illustration by Brian Stauffer

      Second Chances for First Time Offenders

      August 22, 2016

      Strict “zero tolerance” policies have led to a disturbing number of in-school arrests — about 1,600 in the School District of Philadelphia annually. Once in the justice system, youths’ life chances are diminished considerably. Psychology Professor Naomi Goldstein is working with community partners to divert students from the damaging “school-to-prison pipeline,” improving outcomes for youth and making Philadelphia a national leader in the process.

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    • Senior Vice Provost for Research Aleister Saunders.

      Q&A With Senior Vice Provost for Research Aleister Saunders

      August 11, 2016

      University research typically is a fairly insular endeavor, played out at the department level with little cross-pollination among the various disciplines. Senior Vice Provost for Research Aleister Saunders is trying to widen that view. He has been advocating a university-wide approach to research, looking for those areas where Drexel can support and encourage investigations that cut across departments and disciplines.

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  • July

  • June

  • May

    • Mother-Baby Connections

      Drexel’s Postpartum Depression Clinic Is First of Its Kind in the Region

      May 24, 2016

      Mother-Baby Connections is an intensive outpatient clinic based at Drexel that provides therapy for mothers experiencing stress and postpartum depression.

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    • Chloe Silverman, PhD

      Q&A with Professor Chloe Silverman

      May 11, 2016

      Drexel University's Chloe Silverman, PhD, will serve as co-principal investigator on a recently funded grant for autism research. Silverman will work as part of a research team which includes Drexel Professors Paul Shattuck, PhD, and Collette Sosnowy, PhD, and Connie Anderson, PhD, from Towson University. This research is funded through the Organization for Autism Research.

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  • April

    • Oil Refinery

      Professor Gwen Ottinger on Air Monitoring Data

      April 21, 2016

      What's in the air in the neighborhoods closest to oil refineries? In general, according to Department of Politics Professor Gwen Ottinger, we don't know, and even when we do know, remarkably little meaningful change happens with that data.

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    • Q&A with Professor Gwen Ottinger

      April 13, 2016

      Gwen Ottinger, PhD, has an impressive research agenda based on questioning the environmental justice implications of current modes of science and technology. For her current project, she has been traveling to the San Francisco Bay Area to do social science research in communities next to oil refineries, where residents are concerned about toxic chemicals in their air. We caught up with her to ask her about her research, her workshop and the virtues of inquiry that engages with communities’ real-world problems.

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  • March

  • February

    • A depiction of black holes merging and the gravitational waves that emit from them.

      Building Toward Discovery: Drexel Professor’s Role in Finding Gravitational Waves

      February 22, 2016

      Sometimes, science is about chipping away at the big questions. One Drexel physics professor recently got credit for his role in developing a big answer.

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    • Kenneth Lacovara, PhD unearthing Dreadnaughtus

      How to Build a Flexing Robotic Dinosaur Limb In Seven ‘Easy’ Steps

      February 17, 2016

      With their discovery of Dreadnoughtus schrani in 2014, a team of Drexel University researchers unearthed not only the most complete skeleton of a new species of supermassive dinosaur, but also a trove of research opportunities. One of the first of these endeavors to take shape at Drexel is an effort to better understand how the dinosaur might have moved.

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    • New research by Drexel University and Arizona State University reveals that the burst of electricity from a stun gun can impair a person’s ability to remember and process information.

      Taser Shock Disrupts Brain Function, Has Implications for Police Interrogations

      February 04, 2016

      New research from a first-of-its-kind human study by Drexel University and Arizona State University reveals that the burst of electricity from a stun gun can impair a person’s ability to remember and process information. In a randomized control trial, participants were subjected to Taser shocks and tested for cognitive impairment. Some showed short-term declines in cognitive functioning comparable to dementia, raising serious questions about the ability of police suspects to understand their rights at the point of arrest.

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    • Scott Knowles and Richardson Dilworth

      Employee Spotlight: Scott Knowles & Richardson Dilworth

      February 04, 2016

      Professors Scott Knowles and Richardson Dilworth are reliving Drexel’s entire 125 years of existence in a new book and online oral history that will be unveiled later this year, to coincide with the anniversary of Drexel’s founding in 1891. 

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  • January