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The Academy in the News

Check back here regularly for the latest stories about the Academy of Natural Sciences in the news. Our scientists, research, educational programs, special events, and exhibits are frequently highlighted in local, national, and international media.

Barnegat Bay marshes help keep water clean


Dec. 27

VP for Science David Velinsky is interviewed about his Barnegat Bay marshland study.

Academy of Natural Sciences receives multi-million dollar donation

KYW Newsradio/CBS 3

Dec. 22

Relatives of a former Academy explorer will make a multi-million-dollar donation to the institution as part of his legacy.

Tibet explorer's Philly family to donate $3M to Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News,

December 6, 2017

Academy announces generous donation from the Dolan Family for watershed research.

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A few minutes with … Scott Cooper of Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Philadelphia Business Journal

November 22, 2017

Q&A with new Academy President and CEO Scott Cooper.

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Academy of Natural Sciences names Scott Cooper new president

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News,

November 15, 2017

The new leader of the Academy is a museum administrator with a background in construction, architectural conservation and helping the public connect with research and collections.

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New Exhibit Lets Kids Explore World of Baby Dinosaurs

CBS Philly

November 13, 2017

New exhibit “allows the little ones to get familiar with some dinosaurs their size.”

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Find a dead bird? The Academy of Natural Sciences would like to have it

The Philadelphia Inquirer,

November 10, 2017

Ornithology Collection Manager Nate Rice explains why backyard scientists bring the Academy dead birds and why they are useful to science.

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11 places to sleepover in NJ and Philly — from zoos to museums to ships

Cherry Hill Courier-Post

November 8, 2017


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Why are wildfires concentrated in the west?

Philly Voice

November 1, 2017

Q&A with Academy forest fire researcher Stephen Mason.

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Tragic baby opossums story has a happy ending (thank goodness) Harrisburg-Patriot News

October 26, 2017

It begins with tragedy - the death of a pair of mothers. Video of the Academy's new baby opossums.

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Explore the new ‘Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies’ exhibit at Academy

Main Line Media News

October 25, 2017

The Academy of Natural Sciences re-stakes its claim as Philadelphia’s dinosaur museum with 'Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies.'

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Baby hedgehogs at the Academy, Patriot-News Online

October 23, 2017

A video of the Academy's darling new baby hedgehogs getting ready for their public debut.

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"Little" dinosaurs? Philly exhibit is a big hit


October 18, 2017

A review of Tiny Titans exhibit: "Seeing real dinosaur eggs from a time too long ago to imagine and handling some replicas are new ways to experience a familiar subject."

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The Myths Behind Winter Weather Forecasting


October 9, 2017

Entomologist Jason Weintraub busts the winter myth about the woolly bear caterpiller.

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Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs & Babies Now Open at the Academy


October 2, 2017

A review of the new Tiny Titans exhibit with a different take on dinosaurs.

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The Academy's new exhibit Tiny Titans

CBS Philly

September 27, 2017

Jennifer Sontchi, senior director of exhibits, gives an early peak at Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies.

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Meet the woman behind Bugfest at The Academy of Natural Science

PHL 17

September 26, 2017

Insect specialist Karen Verderame introduces a range of live bugs that live at the museum.

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Parkway 100 Special


September 21, 2017

Senior Fellow Robert Peck talks about the Academy's history on the Parkway, and the museum's dinosaurs and dancing dinosaurs are highlighted. 

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Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Fish

WHYY "Radio Times"

September 20, 2017

Paleontologist Ted Daeschler talks about his fossil research in Antarctica. 

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Delaware River Watershed; It's Healthy, But Significant Threats Are Looming

NPR, NJ Spotlight

September 18, 2017

Carol Collier, senior advisor for watershed management and policy, weighs in on the looming threats to water quality in the Delaware. 

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ANTS! Not Gnats: Swarm Of Bugs Create Buzz In Philadelphia

CBS Philly

September 11, 2017

Academy Entomologist Isabelle Betancourt explains the swarming flying ants in the region.

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Trump’s EPA cuts threaten water quality in Delaware River Basin, report says

NPR State Impact Pennsylvania

August 29, 2017

Carol Collier, senior advisor for watershed and policy management, says proposed cuts to EPA funding could lead to decline in Delaware River water quality.

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A Philly scientist thinks an Australian parrot might eat flesh

The Philadelphia Inquirer

August 15, 2017

An Academy chemist, using the ornithology collection, is trying to figure out a puzzle about a species of rainbow lorikeet in Australia.

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Meet the baby skunks of the Academy of Natural Sciences

August 9, 2017

Introducing the Academy's newest live animals to hit the stage: stinkin' cute baby skunks.

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Confront the elephant (beetle) in the room at BugFest

The Philadelphia Inquirer,

August 9, 2017

A behind-the-scenes look at preparations for Bug Fest.

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Bug Fest is back at Academy of Natural Sciences


August 9, 2017

Entomologist Karen Verderame regales CBS' Pat Gallen with some giant live insects.

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Bug Fest will feature Richard's worst fear: Spiders

Fox 29

August 8, 2017

Fox 29 Richard Curtis gets a lesson in loving spiders from Bug Fest entomologist Karen Verderame.

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