Capturing the Total Solar Eclipse, One Photo at a Time

By Guest June 21st, 2017 at 9:00 am | Comment

By: Alexei V. Filippenko and Hugh Hudson

Diagram of a solar eclipse. Credit: Google

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will trace a shadow over a narrow band of the United States from Oregon to South Carolina.  And if you own a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera*, you can become a part of scientific history by joining hundreds of other photographers to make the first crowdsourced image archive of a total solar eclipse from coast to coast.

The “Eclipse Megamovie” project aims to capture many types of solar phenomena with images taken along the path of totality of the August 21 eclipse by over 1,000 trained volunteers, as well as photos from many more members of the general public through the use of smartphones and simple cameras. This first-of-its-kind citizen science project is a partnership between Google, UC Berkeley, and many others. Our primary goal is to collect as much imagery as possible and to hold it in a vast public-domain archive for future study.  Read the rest of this entry »

Science Heroes at Work

By Guest June 20th, 2017 at 1:22 pm | Comment

By Amy Sterling

Four years ago a citizen science game called Eyewire hatched from Seung Lab, then at MIT and now at Princeton. Its goal was to pair up gamers with a challenge that has been bottlenecking neuroscience for decades: mapping the brain. Over the years the project grew. Hundreds of thousands of people helped, enabling new discoveries and stunning visualizations of neuronsRead the rest of this entry »

Describe Your Desk Doohickey for Fidget Widget!

By Guest June 16th, 2017 at 12:50 pm | Comment

By: Nina Friedman

When I hit a mental roadblock while I’m working, moving always helps. I can’t keep my brain moving unless my body is moving. I might get up from my desk and take a little walk but if I’m in a time crunch I’ll just fidget around in my chair or tap out a fun rhythm. As a growing body of research shows, cognitive functioning increases when we move. In other words, moving helps us think.

While Dr. Michael Karlesky was studying for his PhD at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering, he teamed up with his advisor Dr. Katherine Isbister at UC Santa Cruz’s Baskin School of Engineering to pioneer research about fidgeting. They are asking groundbreaking questions about the movements we make while we are sedentary. Read the rest of this entry »

ASU and SciStarter host citizen science discussion on 6/20

By Darlene Cavalier June 16th, 2017 at 9:34 am | Comment

On behalf of the Center for Engagement and Training in Science and Society, part of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, we invite you to attend an interactive presentation, “Citizen Science: an all hands-on-deck approach to advance scientific research.”
We will describe trends, opportunities, and challenges in citizen science (particularly related to recruiting, training, equipping and retaining participants) from the eye-of-the-storm perspective of SciStarter.
SciStarter is a National Science Foundation-supported, project agnostic platform supporting recruitment and retention of volunteers into over 1,000 citizen science initiatives from hundreds of organizations. The platform facilitates studies to improve our understanding of citizen science in partnership with Arizona State University, North Carolina State University, Colorado State University and dozens of other collaborators, including the Federal Community of Practice for Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science.
This event will include:
– a brief overview of citizen science;
– a presentation on SciStarter 2.0, a smart collection of web components, including a dashboard and integrated login, designed to extend, enhance, and enrich participant experiences while at the same time supporting STEM research and enabling research on motivations and learning outcomes of participants;
– and a discussion on future directions for SciStarter 3.0, given the opportunities and challenges facing participants, project organizers/researchers, and supporting agencies and foundations.
Please join us on Tuesday, June 20, 3:30-5pm at the beautiful District Architecture Center ( ) which is Metro accessible via the Gallery Place/Chinatown Station and two blocks from Metro Center Station.
Meet our NSF program officer Bob Russell and others from federal agencies, think tanks, research institutions and organizations.
The event is free but seating is limited. Please RSVP to by this Friday, 6/16.
The event will be shared via a webcast, recorded and posted here: .
Darlene Cavalier (ASU/SciStarter), Ira Bennett (ASU), and Caren Cooper (NCSU/SciStarter)

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Celebrate Pollinator Week with buzzing science just for you

By Catherine Hoffman June 13th, 2017 at 10:19 am | Comment

Pollinator Week is on its way!
Celebrate the bees, bugs, bats, birds, and more that help pollinate our plants. National Pollinator Week is June 19-25. Explore the buzzing science below to find a way to contribute to pollinator science this month.  Find more projects and events on SciStarter, to do now or bookmark for later.
The SciStarter Team

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