A Watershed Moment

_An Index for the Delaware

One way to assess impacts to an ecosystem and express it to the public is to compile biological indicators, like fish and algae, into an index called the Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI).

_Still-Water Dwellers

_Meghan O’Donnell

The old proverb says that “still waters run deep,” but Academy scientist Meghan O’Donnell is going one step further and asking “run deep with what?”

_Scanning Streams, Remotely

_Alex Waldman

How do Academy scientists know where to observe water quality or test sediment conditions throughout the Delaware River Basin? By “hiking” the streams using any laptop.

_Sediment and Small Habitats

_David Keller

Sediment by erosion or runoff from farm fields can cause a “domino effect” on the ecosystem, according to David Keller, project coordinator within the Fisheries Department at the Academy.

_Invasion of the Knotweed

_Kathryn Christopher

Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica), a non-native invasive species, has been covering a lot of ground, and water, and wreaking havoc on its environment.

_Canaries of the Stream

_David Keller

Many salamanders need water to breathe through their moist skin, so salamanders typically found by water can serve as indicators of water quality.


Invented Here


On the (Scientific) Record


Banged Up & Burned Out


The Study of Where


Robotics on a Budget


Giant From Patagonia


Pest Control


Science at Extremes


Building a Better Power Plant


Gait Keepers


Let the Bird-Bugs Bite


Mystery Fish Defies Classification


The Prenatal Runaround


Holding Out Hope


Still Life


Quarantine in Question

_Child Obesity

_Michael Lowe

What causes people to develop eating disorders? Research has consistently supported the view that disordered eating stems from some combination of psychological and social factors.

_Operation: Crucial Upgrade


Drexel biomedical engineers are helping to upgrade a lifesaving device used by the military to instantly screen for brain injuries.

_Molding the Future in Energy

_Yury Gogotsi AND TEAM

A conductive clay can be rolled to any thickness and shows promise in energy storage devices such as batteries and supercapacitors.

_Psyche and the City

_Nancy Epstein

Can Philadelphia’s massive initiative to provide mental illness literacy teach our communities to be kinder?

_Gut Bacteria Grow Old, Too

_Gail Rosen

Growing research on the human microbiome — the bacteria in our digestive tract and elsewhere — has made it possible to study how these organisms change over time and influence our own aging.

_The Poverty Cliff

_Mariana Chilton

Just when people manage to earn more money, they may find themselves worse off than before, according to new research.

_Point-and-Click Critical Thinking

_Mary Jean Tecce-DeCarlo AND TEAM

An interdisciplinary team is investigating how their learning model can help children answer research questions in the information age.

_Urban Bug Trap


The Swann Memorial Fountain in Center City is a place for coin tossing and feet splashing — but scientists also collect specimens there to learn more about the urban insect population.

_The Costly Life of Social Insects

_Sean O'Donnell

The parasitic relationship between slave-making ants and their hijacked workers is a unique and effective system for studying brain evolution in social insects.

_Protest or Terrorism?

_David S. Cohen

Law scholars document the rise in violence faced by women’s health-care providers and propose a new legal standard.



Inside the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, an unusual butterfly provides a living lesson on the diversity of life.

_Data Limits

_Amelia Hoover Green

Quality far outweighs quantity when leaders use data to shape policies.

_Dusting for Cyber Prints

_Aylin Caliskan-Islam

Computer scientists are using coding style to identify anonymous cybercriminals.

_Violence Intervention in the ER

_Jonathan Purtle

Hospital-based violence intervention programs can save a healthcare system millions, according to a first-of-its-kind study.

_Cell Block

_Alessandro Fatatis AND TEAM

A series of new compounds shows promise in blocking circulating tumor cells from disseminating to bone, preventing further spread and causing the cells’ eventual death.

_Urban Water Alliance


Drexel, NJIT and Rowan have partnered to examine the water resource challenges facing the Northeast.

_Strong Enough to Bend

_Michel Barsoum AND TEAM

A conductive material created at Drexel is flexible enough to fold into a paper airplane and could find uses in wearable energy storage devices.

_3-D Printed Tumors

_Wei Sun

An engineering breakthrough will allow cancer researchers to create living tumors with a 3-D printer.

_Virtual Salvage Project

_Glen Muschio

Though there have been efforts to revive the rusting remains of the SS United States luxury liner as a hotel or casino, it is unlikely that the public will ever again tour its interior — until now.

_Local Flavors of Drug Use

_Alexis Roth

The region of the country where drug users get high — whether they live in California or New York, where different drugs are dominant — can impact health outcomes.

_Diabetes Risk by ZIP Code

_Longjian Liu AND TEAM

Where you live can impact your health as much as your lifestyle.

_Mapping Language in the Brain

_Daniel Mirman

A new Drexel study maps the brains of individuals with aphasia, an impairment of language common after a stroke or other brain injury.

_Pointed Questions

_Diana Robins

The creator of the most widely used autism screening tool for toddlers has joined the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute to make early screening a research priority.

_Dementia Diagnostics

_David J. Libon

The two most common forms of dementia may have more in common than current diagnostic guidelines allow.

_Not Just a ‘Wound of War’

_Jonathan Purtle

Public policy addressing post-traumatic stress disorder has a strong focus on military personnel, but what about civilians?

_Deadly Link

_Igor Burstyn

Could exposure to a rare metal in the workplace explain the occurrence of a mysterious inflammatory disease?

_Seeding Sustainability

_Hugh P. Johnson

Six research projects earned support in the first round of funding by the newly established A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment.

_A Pipeline for Principals

_Girija Kaimal

Can exposing educators to the arts reduce turnover, improve retention and instill leadership skills?

_The Dirt on Cleaning Products

_Michael Waring

Some of the same chemical reactions that occur in the atmosphere from smog and ozone are taking place in your house while you clean.

_A Hand on Your Heart

_Jason Kirk

What if you could hold your own heart in the palm of your hand and study it while your cardiologist explained your condition?

_Second Chances

_Naomi Goldstein

Changes in how Philadelphia schools are policed aim to keep youth out of “the system.”

_A ‘C. Diff’ vaccine?

_Michele Kutzler

A vaccine successful in animal models could protect humans from the dangerous and increasingly common “C. diff” infection.

_The Walls Have Eyes


There’s a lot more going on in the LeBow College of Business’ new behavioral lab than meets the eye.