Citizen Science in Nebraska

By Guest | April 19, 2019 8:37 am

In Nebraska, scientists working for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission are increasingly relying on casual researchers and citizen scientists to better understand three creatures in particular: spotted skunks, salamanders, and regal fritillary and monarch butterflies. Why? The populations of these species have either declined or are in jeopardy, and scientists want to get a current population count. Let’s take a closer look at these three Nebraskan citizen science projects and what researchers hope to learn from data collected by citizen scientists.

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Didn’t get to join the Megathon on #CitSciDay2019? You have until tomorrow at midnight!

By cnickerson | April 13, 2019 5:14 pm
Photo of game showing a blood vessel video

Human Computation Institute (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Today is Citizen Science Day (#CitSciDay2019), and our featured event is the Stall Catchers #Megathon, an online game you can play from anywhere (with internet access) to help Cornell scientists better understand how stalled blood flow contributes to Alzheimer’s disease.

We had our “catching hour” on Stall Catchers from 2 PM to 3 PM ET today. But because of technical difficulties, we’re extending the fun. If you didn’t get a chance to play Stall Catchers and contribute to Alzheimer’s research, you have until midnight tomorrow to sign up for Stall Catchers and have your contributions counted to the Megathon total. Especially for the folks who did join us today, we want to give you a chance to make up for time lost during the Megathon catching hour due to technical difficulties. Of course, you can play Stall Catchers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year…but until tomorrow at midnight is your chance to be part of a special global effort in the Megathon, accomplishing a year’s worth of lab work in just one event.

Looking for more ways to engage? Head over to SciStarter’s Citizen Science Day page.

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Can you spare one hour tomorrow to help accelerate a year of Alzheimer’s research?

By cnickerson | April 12, 2019 1:45 pm

Tomorrow is Citizen Science Day (#CitSciDay2019) and there are many ways to celebrate. Add or find an event near you or access lots of free resources, including downloadable bookmarks, posters and more, on the Citizen Science Day page.

The signature project this year is the Stall Catchers Megathon, an online game you can play from anywhere (with internet access) to help Cornell scientists better understand how stalled bloood flow contributes to Alzheimer’s disease. By reducing stalls in mice with Alzheimer’s, scientists have been able to restore memory! More research is needed and this is where you come in. It’s easier than you may think–no prior experience needed. Can you spare an hour to help acclerate a year’s worth of Alzheimer’s research in ONE HOUR (1:30-2:30 ET) by playing a game and simultaneously analyzing data? We invite you to sign up to learn more and join the virtual SciStarter team here:   You will earn credit in your SciStarter dashboard and receive a certificate for your participation!

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Go ahead. Try this at home.

By lshell | April 9, 2019 9:21 am
Citizen Science Day LogoThere are so many ways to engage in Citizen Science Day on April 13. Participate in any SciStarter affiliate project to earn a personalized certificate.
Start with the Stall Catchers Megathon, a gamified, online inter-generational game to accelerate research on Alzheimer’s!
Join the virtual SciStarter Megathon team or organize or join an in-person Megathon meet-up. Find all you need on .
Citizen Science Day and the Stall Catchers Megathon will be spotlighted on Science Friday April 12 between 2-4pm. In the interim, check out what Arizona State University is saying about Citizen Science Day and the Megathon!

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Slavery from Space: Citizen Science in the Antislavery Movement

By Guest | April 6, 2019 9:10 am

Slavery from Space is a citizen science project that allows users to further the antislavery movement by mapping the locations of activities in which people are frequently found to be enslaved.

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Innovation Meets Citizen Science

By cnickerson | April 5, 2019 5:47 pm

image1Citizen science has been around as long as science, but innovative approaches are opening doors to more and deeper forms of public participation.

Below, our editors spotlight a few projects that feature new approaches, novel research, or low-cost instruments. They all provide opportunities to act upon issues you may care about.

The SciStarter Team

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Neighborhood Science with GLOBE Mission Mosquito

By Guest | April 5, 2019 3:56 pm

Spring is a great time to start using the GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper.

Have you noticed any mosquitoes yet? Spring is upon us in the United States, and mosquitoes are already buzzing in many parts of the country. Below is a map that shows the approximate onset of the mosquito session throughout the contiguous U.S. You can observe how the mosquito season works its way northward as conditions become suitable for them to hatch and breed.

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Book Review: Building a Foundation in Environmental Citizen Science

By Guest | March 29, 2019 7:03 pm

Dickinson, Janis L. & Bonney, Rick. (eds). Citizen Science: Public Participation in Environmental Research. Cornell University Press, 2012. 279 pages. Paperback $US 29.95.
image of bookThough it was published in 2012, Citizen Science: Public Participation in Environmental Research is relevant to our present moment. As discussions of environmental research increase in frequency and urgency, institutions at all levels will continue to raise questions about the public’s scientific literacy and the best methods of mobilizing scientific knowledge. This text works through these questions, asserting that “citizen science has a crucial role to play” in increasing the “public understanding of science concepts and processes” in environmental research and on a broader scale, adding the call to action that “this role [of citizen science] requires investigation” (pg. 11).

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Kauai Blue Water Task Force releases annual water quality report.

By Guest | March 22, 2019 8:23 am

The Surfrider Foundation is an international non-profit organization that is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s ocean, waves, and beaches. The Surfrider Foundation works with a large network of grassroots environmentalists, who serve as a first line of response for water quality monitoring on the coastline.

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Fighting Alzheimer’s Disease During the Megathon: Spotlight on Three Citizen Scientists

By nfriedman | March 20, 2019 8:36 am

Stall Catchers, a gamified way of contributing to Alzheimer’s research, is going big! Working with SciStarter, the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, the Citizen Science Association, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region, and other partners, Stall Catchers is activating the Megathon (register at during Citizen Science Day ( on April 13.

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Citizen Science Salon, brought to you by SciStarter, is where science enthusiasts can join forces with top researchers. We'll feature weekly collaborative, crowdsourced, and DIY research projects that relate to what you're reading about in Discover, so you can take science into your own hands. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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