Welcome to the blog of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University! If this is your first time on the site, you might be wondering what you’ll find and why we decided to start this blog in the first place.

Here we’ll provide some answers to common questions our colleagues have asked us, and we welcome your questions and comments as well!

1. Why does the Academy need a blog?

We have so much to share with you, but we have to pick and choose our topics when it’s time to decide what information to share on social media, our website, via email, and in our printed pieces. A blog gives us the chance to share different kinds of information all in one place, with categories you can use to navigate between topics so you can focus on your favorites types of content.

2. How is this blog different from what I’ll find on ansp.org?

Picture the Academy’s blog as an extension of ansp.org. The blog will feed right into the home page of our website, so our top stories still show up on the site if you land there first. The blog will allow us to feature videos and images alongside stories, first-person accounts, and breaking news. We’ll also be giving you the opportunity to hear from a variety of Academy personalities.

3. So what IS going to be on this blog?

Expect to hear from our usual Academy writers and communicators, plus lots of others who work at the museum, in the lab, or in the field every day. You may see pictures or videos from the field, hear a scientist’s commentary on a research trip or discovery, or learn more about an item in the Academy’s collections. You’ll also get information about upcoming events and exhibits, opportunities for families,and membership at the Academy. Want to see more of something? Let us know in the comments or email us at socialmedia@ansp.org


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  3. I would like to purchase Copper Plate,in your store/company i would be happy if you can get back to me again with the prices and dimensions you having available in a moment,and also do you take all types of Credit Cards as your payment required?Kindly get back to me here so that we will work together as one panther. All the best and stay blessed.

  4. I would like to use the photo of Joseph Leidy posing at his Microscope for a journal article on the history of trichinellosis. How do I obtain permission?

  5. The “Type Specimen” for Dire Wolves was discovered by a man named Francis A. Linck on the banks of the Ohio River in 1854. He found the fossilized jawbone near where Pigeon Creek meets the Ohio River in Evansville, IN (about 10 miles from where I grew up). It was found during a particularly dry year in the river valley with low water levels. For a short period the fossil was at New Harmony (a historic hub for intellectuals). Then a local geologist, named Joseph Granville Norwood, then contacted Dr. Joseph Leidy (Curator) and they were loaned/given to the Academy. Does the academy have this specimen on public display?

  6. I am ready to purchase a gift membership and don’t see anywhere on the site where I can add our greetings. Can you please help me?

  7. I recently read the article about Explorer Peary and the flags that you have on display. I was told my great grandmother made a flag for Peary went he went to the North Pole and wondering if you have any information who made the flags. My great grandparents were from Twillingate Newfoundland Canada.
    I have a picture of my great grandmother and her name, but that is all.

    Looking forward to hearing from you
    Cynthia Lemke, Lawrence, KS

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