Your Research Mission for Citizen Science Day…

By Arvind Suresh (Editor) | April 13, 2018 11:37 am

Your Research Mission iconWe’re kicking off Citizen Science Day with a mission for you. SciStarter is challenging you to join and participate (at least once) in any three SciStarter Affiliate projects listed here between April 14 and May 14. Complete your mission and you’ll earn a SciStarter certificate. Keep on participating during Citizen Science Days and you’ll be eligible to become one of the top three mission contributors to win some swag and be connected with of one the scientists you helped!

Will you choose to accept your mission?  Join SciStarter and get started here:


Citizen Science in the City

By lshell | April 13, 2018 9:53 am
We’ve got a big weekend coming up for science! Not only is Citizen Science Day on April 14th, it’s also the March for Science and we’re also preparing for the City Nature Challenge! We’ve pulled together a long list of projects you could do in a city, so there’s something for everyone!
So, plan your weekend now and find a Citizen Science Day event, join your local March for Science or participate in your closest City Nature Challenge!
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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Citizen Science, Environment, Events

Link to recorded webinar: “Citizen Science in Libraries: Fostering Community Connections on Citizen Science Day and Beyond”

By Arvind Suresh (Editor) | April 11, 2018 12:30 am

citizen science day logoAre you interested in citizen science? Are you looking for new ways to engage with your community members, and would you like to encourage science discovery with more of your users? If you answered yes to any of the above, then check out this exciting recorded webinar featuring Darlene Cavalier, professor of practice at Arizona State University and the founder of SciStarter, a citizen science database and platform. Darlene describes several citizen science projects in public libraries in Arizona that are part of an Institute for Museum and Library Services grant, and she shares resources and information to spark ideas for your library.

Citizen science enables people from all walks of life to engage in formal and informal research to advance fields spanning astronomy to zoology.This recorded webinar, hosted by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and the National Institutes of Health, featuring Arizona State University Libraries and SciStarter, provides a general overview of citizen science, highlights recent activities to support libraries as community hubs for citizen science, and showcases free resources available to librarians who want to jump in now by promoting citizen science at libraries leading up to, during, and after Citizen Science Day on April 14th.


Picnic Redux: Citizen Scientists Invite Ants to Lunch

By Guest | April 6, 2018 1:34 pm

By: Julia Travers

Scientists need your help to find out what ants in your neighborhood like to eat.

Would you ask an ant to join you for lunch? A team of researchers at North Carolina State University in Raleigh calls on citizen scientists around the world to flip the picnic concept – they want *us* to feed the ants. By counting ants, recording their meal preferences, and sending in data, you can help Dr. Magdalena Sorger and her colleagues better understand what foods ants have access to around the world. This citizen science project, called Ant Picnic, could spark new studies into ant behavior, natural resources, and the impact of global factors like climate change. Read More

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Citizen Science, Living World

Meet the successful women playfully challenging stereotypes about cheerleaders and scientists.

By Arvind Suresh (Editor) | April 5, 2018 6:42 pm

Members of the “Science Cheerleaders” team perform at USA Science & Engineering Festival and help families contribute to citizen science research.

2, 4, 6, 8, equals…20!  Learn science and math when the Science Cheerleaders perform at the USA Science & Engineering Festival this weekend. Science Cheerleaders aren’t just cheering for and about STEM,  they’re real-life scientists and engineers.

The Science Cheerleaders are also current and former NFL, NBA, and college cheerleaders pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). They playfully challenge stereotypes, inspire young women to consider careers in STEM, and engage people from all walks of life in real scientific research through SciStarter.

A dozen Science Cheerleaders from across the country will perform science-themed routines at the USA Science and Engineering Festival at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. They will talk to kids about their dual careers as scientists and professional cheerleaders, sign autographs on their personalized trading cards, demonstrate cheers and stunts from their Science of Cheerleading ebook, and lead citizen science activities selected from SciStarter.  See them on Saturday, April 7, 10:30 – 10:50 a.m. and Sunday, April 8, 12:10 – 12:30 p.m. on Stage C.

Two important STEM career paths will be highlighted as students try out new Science Cheerleader STEM activities created by the Science Cheerleaders:

  • Coding and Computer Engineering: Learn a little about how computers work using binary code. Apply your knowledge by decoding a puzzle. Then, use binary code to make a necklace that spells your name. Check out the profiles of Science Cheerleaders who are computer engineers!
  • Health & Medicine: How does the heart work? How do you monitor heart rates, and what’s the significance of low or high heart rates? Use a stethoscope to learn more while performing cheers and seeing the effects of activity on pulse. Find profiles of Science Cheerleaders who are surgeons.

These guided activities and conversations with the Science Cheerleaders are available on Saturday, April 7, 1 – 2 p.m. and Sunday, April 8, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., both in Room 157.

Science Cheerleaders at USASEF (Follow the links for Q&A with each person):

Candess: Washington Redskins; B.S. Computer Science

Heather: Washington Redskins Ambassador; Ph.D. Neuroscience

Theresa: New England Patriots; Ph.D. student, Chemical Biology

Angela: Drexel U. Dragons Alumna; M.S. Student, Biomedical Engineering

Beverly: Drexel U. Dragons Alumna; Biomedical Engineer

Colleen: Bay Area Shuckers Alumna; B.S. and M.S. Fire Protection Engineering

Felicia: Miami Dolphins Alumna; M.S. and Ph.D., Clinical Psychology

Hilary: Colgate University Alumna; Ph.D. Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology

Janel: St. Louis University Alumna; M.S. Meteorology, B.S. Geography

Lauren: Washington Wizards & Washington Redskins Alumna; B.A. Math & Economics

Margaret: Baltimore Blast Alumna; Ph.D., Chemistry

MaryCarolyn: Washington Redskins Alumna; Statistician

Megan: Washington Redskins Alumna; B.S. Computer Engineering

Melissa: Tennessee Titans Alumna; B.S. Neuroscience

Regina: Washington Redskins Alumna; M.D. and J.D.

Samantha: Arizona Cardinals Alumna; B.S.E. Engineering Management

Wendy: Oakland Raiders, Sacramento Kings, & Atlanta Falcons Alumna: Ph.D, Biomedical Engineering

Families are encouraged to see the performance, participate in the activities, and meet the Science Cheerleaders in person. They are certain to inspire young ladies to think about working hard to achieve their own goals – and having fun along the way.


What’s in your garden?

By lshell | April 2, 2018 5:29 pm

garden_collection_drawingOur SciStarter editors picked five projects you can do in your garden. Learn more about your garden while advancing important scientific research. Learn how, below.

AND….Citizen Science Day is April 14th! Find, join or host an event near you to celebrate the awesomeness of citizen science!

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Help NASA Build the Largest Open Landslide Catalog with Landslide Reporter

By Guest | March 23, 2018 3:18 pm

By: Caroline Juang

With the longer days of spring comes relief for many on the west coast: the end of winter also means the end of the wet season—the rainiest time of year—for coastal California, Oregon, and Washington. Since January of this year, states up and down the west coast have been inundated with mudslides and debris flows because of saturated soils, steep slopes, and—in southern California—deforested, barren hillsides from the California wildfires. Read More

MORE ABOUT: landslides, NASA

Citizen Science Day is April 14. Add or discover events from around the world on SciStarter.

By Darlene Cavalier | March 13, 2018 6:43 pm

Citizen Science Day, presented by SciStarter and the Citizen Science Association, is an annual event to celebrate and promote all things citizen science: amazing discoveries, incredible volunteers, hardworking practitioners, inspiring projects, and anything else citizen science-related!

Citizen Science Day is April 14. Hundreds of events will be held around the world and you can find them on SciStarter.

Organizing an event? Add your event, then use SciStarter’s People Finder to tell people about it. Here’s simple way to just add citizen science to any event. Find more ideas and resources on the Citizen Science Association’s website.



CATEGORIZED UNDER: Citizen Science, Events, Uncategorized

Fight the flu, then prepare for Citizen Science Day!

By lshell | March 5, 2018 4:46 pm

Fight the flu, monitor mouth microbes, and prepare for Citizen Science Day!

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Accelerating clinical research through mobile technology

By Carolyn Graybeal | March 1, 2018 4:53 pm

Image Credit: Flickr JakobT_98(CC BY-SA 2.0)

Researchers face a number of challenges when conducting a clinical study.1 Investigators spend considerable time and money recruiting and screening viable participants. If recruitment takes too long, important studies can get scrapped before they are even started. Once a study is underway, participants must sacrifice their own time to make clinic visits, which, for long-term studies, can reduce participant retention. Incorporating internet and mobile technologies into a study’s design can relieve some of these burdens. Research efforts like the University of California San Francisco’s Health eHeart Study capitalize on the ubiquity and convenience of mobile technology to improve data collection and make it easier for people to participate.

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Citizen Science Salon

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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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