Judy Weightman

Dinosaurs take over the Academy of Natural Sciences

Get up close and personal with T. rex at the Academy of Natural Sciences.Credit: Dinosaurs UnearthedIf you’re looking for the perfect spot to take your next selfie, head over to Logan Circle — there’s a 40-foot-long T. Rex outside the Academy of Natural Sciences just made to order. It’s one of 13...

Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 6:43 PM

Enjoy your outdoor space this fall, and let it inspire your decor

Head to Delaware County’s 300-acre Linvilla Orchards to pick up some pumpkins for your fall decor.Credit: R. Kennedy for GPTMCMost of us aren’t quite ready to hibernate for winter quite yet — the crisp sunny days and long, cool evenings are great for enjoying our outdoor spaces. The must-have for...

Sunday, September 15, 2013, 6:42 PM

Cozy up your home this fall

Embrace autumn with plush throw pillows and scented candles.Credit: Pier 1 ImportsWe all switch our wardrobes with the cooler days of fall, digging out our favorite sweaters and swapping sandals for boots. Fall is also a great time to make our homes cozier for the shorter, cooler days ahead. “...

Sunday, September 15, 2013, 6:17 PM

A look at our own 'Backyard'

Drexel grad Amanda Danziger recruited teens to make a movie about Penn Town.Credit: Ferasha FilmsAmanda Danziger, the founder of Ferasha Films, discovered her passion for filmmaking as a student at Drexel University doing volunteer work abroad. Her first two films documented that work: “Umuryango...

Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 7:10 PM

Summer camp can brush away the 'mental cobwebs'

Keep your kids smart this summer by sending them to a camp that rewards their imaginations.(PHOTO CREDIT: Temple University)Even for those ultra-curious kids who love soaking up knowledge, sitting in the classroom can be a chore. This summer, enroll your kids in camp programs designed to take...

Monday, April 22, 2013, 9:50 PM

Go 'green' with eco-friendly lawn care

Ah, it's just so lush! It doesn't have to be toxic though.Keeping your lawn full, lush and green is one of the most dramatic ways to spruce up your property. And thanks to new fertilizers that are better for the environment, homeowners can now keep their lawn care “green” as well.“The big industry...

Thursday, April 18, 2013, 5:22 PM

Home Improvement: Try these fun new appliances

It’s rare to find an appliance that completely reinvents how you do household chores. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing new out there. Manufacturers are always working on designs that can save you time and help you use energy more wisely. Here are six new thingamabobs that can make your life...

Thursday, April 18, 2013, 5:16 PM

Community night at Penn Museum kicks off book drive

Get face to face with the treasures at the Penn Museum.Credit: Penn MuseumThe Penn Museum is kicking off a month-long Philadelphia READS book drive on April 10 with an evening of activities for both grown ups and kids. The free event is sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance's...

Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 11:53 PM

Temple starts year with new president

Temple University's new president, Neal Theobald, took office on Jan. 1 and has wasted no time getting to work.His first week on the job included meetings with Temple faculty, community leaders and Drexel president John Fry -- plus a home men's basketball game for fun. On the immediate agenda are...

Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 10:46 PM

Helping the blind for 180 years

Education for special needs children isn't a modern invention -- the Overbrook School for the Blind has been teaching blind and visually impaired children for 180 years. The school, founded in 1832, is one of four Commonwealth schools for the blind and deaf.It provides academic and vocational...

Thursday, November 29, 2012, 12:31 AM

Exploring options for special needs students

Federal law requires that publicly funded agencies, including schools, provide free services to children with disabilities from birth to age 21 through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The intent of the law is that each child should receive a free, appropriate public...

Thursday, November 29, 2012, 12:07 AM

Questions you should ask when applying to charter schools

Charter schools are not allowed exclude students who would be accommodated in any other public school. They can't have an admissions process that uses test scores or other measures of academic ability to choose the most advanced students.They must also accept special needs students, and must...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 11:30 PM

Starting young, going strong in cyber charters

Free online education is now available for students as young as kindergarten in cyber charter schools. "These provide anything that a local public school provides," says Sharon Williams, head of school at Agora Cyber Charter School, including special ed. There is one important difference though: "...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 10:27 PM

Charters rated better than traditional public schools

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has released statistics on student performance that indicate charter school students are doing better than students in traditional public schools.Education Secretary Ronald Tomalis released statistics about which schools met "adequate yearly progress" [AYP]...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 10:21 PM

A familiar face at La Salle University

Over the course of 65 years, some things about a university change quite a bit and others don't change at all, says John Rooney, emeritus professor of psychology at La Salle University. Rooney started teaching at La Salle in 1947. Though he's retired from teaching, at age 92 he's still involved in...

Monday, November 12, 2012, 11:40 PM

A scholarly take on our horde mentality

''The Walking Dead" is one of the most popular shows on TV. Its season premiere last week saw 10.1 million viewers -- 15.2 million if you include the two encores that ran the same evening. What makes this show about zombies so popular?"It really puts viewers into a moral dilemma," says Murali...

Sunday, October 21, 2012, 11:25 PM

Pandemics: The link between health and habit

In recent weeks, headlines have been filled with scary diseases like the hanta outbreak in the national parks out West and West Nile virus closer to home. These -- as well as the nightmarish diseases Ebola, SARS and AIDS -- are examples of what scientists call "spillover."In a spillover, a virus or...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 9:20 PM

Global Public Health Initiative helps Drexel expand their reach

Drexel University has a long tradition of working locally on projects that promote community building and social justice. Their School of Public Health has expanded this tradition to an international scale with its Global Public Health Initiative, which was launched a year ago.Many public health...

Monday, October 8, 2012, 10:41 PM

Michael Nutter, key staff join new CCP board

Mayor Michael Nutter has appointed himself and several key members of his staff and administration to the Board of Trustees of the Community College of Philadelphia. There were seven new appointments to the 15-member board."Mayor Nutter has been, from the start of his term as mayor, deeply...

Monday, October 8, 2012, 10:36 PM

A college professor’s notes on singing

Could your singing make the "X Factor" audition fail reel? When it's time to sing "Happy Birthday," do you stand in the back of the group and mouth the words? The problem probably isn't that you can't sing, it's that you've never learned how to sing.That's what Joanne Rutkowski, a professor of...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 1:52 AM