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All In The News tagged "biology"

Drexel trying to make roads safe for snakes near the Pine Barrens

On July 7, WHYY/Newsworks.org featured the work of biologists in the College of Arts and Sciences on protecting the northern pine snakes that live in the Pine Barrens. Dane Ward, a PhD candidate at Drexel, was quoted.

Sweetener Truvia Can Kill Flies

Daniel Marenda, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Sean O’Donnell, PhD, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, were noted in a story about a study they co-led which identified a common sugar substitute, erythritol, as a potential safe and effective insecticide. The research, inspired by a science fair project of Marenda’s son, was featured in the International Business Times on June 18.

Boy scientist in Manayunk finds sweetener that kills fruit flies

Daniel Marenda, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Sean O’Donnell, PhD, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, were quoted in stories about a study they co-led which identified a common sugar substitute, erythritol, as a potential safe and effective insecticide. The research, inspired by a science fair project of Marenda’s son, was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer, WHYY/Newsworks, CBSNews.com, Science, The Verge, Discovery News, Live Science, Science News’ Student Science, Xinhua (the state press agency of China) and other outlets on June 4.

Identifying Danger Zones Could Help Prevent Sea-Turtle Deaths

James Spotila, PhD, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a LiveScience article on Jan. 18 about his research mapping danger zones in the Pacific for leatherback turtles’ encounters with industrial longline fisheries.

How Fins Gave Way to Feet

Ted Daeschler, PhD, vice president for collections and associate curator of vertebrate zoology at the Academy of Natural Sciences and an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on “Science Friday” on NPR on Jan. 17 about the fossil fish species Tiktaalik roseae and new discoveries about the transition from finned to limbed animals.

Discovery fills gap in fossil record between fins, limbs

Ted Daeschler, PhD, vice president for collections and associate curator of vertebrate zoology at the Academy of Natural Sciences and associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted on Newsworks.org on Jan. 15 about research he co-led on the fossil Tiktaalik roseae and new insights in the evolution of hind limbs.

Tracking the Elusive Northern Pine Snake

An article on The Dodo on Jan. 14 featured the pine snake research of Kevin P.W. Smith and Dane Ward, graduate students in the lab of Walter Bien, PhD, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Fossil reveals transition from fins to feet

Additional coverage continued to appear on Jan. 14 of a study co-led by Ted Daeschler, PhD, vice president for collections and associate curator, showing that the rear fins of the transitional fish fossil Tiktaalik were more robust than previously assumed, suggesting that hind fins became involved in locomotion earlier than once believe. Outlets included Reuters, AFP and History.com.

Drexel prof helps effort to keep sea turtles free of life-threatening lines

James Spotila, PhD, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a story on WHYY-FM/Newsworks.org on Jan. 13 about research he conducted to map areas of the Pacific Ocean where critically endangered leatherback turtles are most likely to interact with fisheries where they may be killed.

An Ancient Fish’s Four-Wheel Drive

Ted Daeschler, PhD, a vice president and associate curator of vertebrate zoology at the Academy of Natural Sciences and associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in multiple stories on Jan. 13 and Jan. 14 about his contribution to a discovery of fossil fish pelves that challenge previous theories about the transition from swimming to walking in vertebrates. Coverage appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, BBC News, Boston Globe, Discovery News and other outlets.

Dr. Sara DeLeon, Drexel University – How PCBs Alter Bird Songs

Sara DeLeon, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher in the College of Arts and Sciences, was featured on WAMC Northeast Radio’s “Academic Minute” on Dec. 10 discussing her research on the effect of PCBs on bird songs. The program was syndicated to Inside Higher Ed.

Secret Lives of Baby Snakes Revealed

College of Arts and Sciences graduate students Dane Ward and Kevin P. W. Smith were mentioned in an August 7 LiveScience post for their work on baby Northern Pine Snakes. The article was picked up by NBCNews.com, The Huffington Post and other outlets.