Blue Water Task Force expands its reach by teaming up with Swim Guide

The Surfrider Foundation is pleased to announce its participation in the first ever open data standard for the automated exchange of recreational water quality data. Recreational waters at ocean and freshwater beaches, lakes and rivers are monitored for harmful bacteria and pathogens that can threaten human health. Agencies and volunteer organizations alike have always found … Read more “Blue Water Task Force expands its reach by teaming up with Swim Guide”

Categories: Environment, Nature & Outdoors, Ocean & Water

Sharing Across Scales in Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing

Post by Ruthanna Gordon, Ph.D. She is a steering committee member of the Federal Community of Practice for Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science. One strength of citizen science is in its ability to gather granular, hyper-local data—and to bring that data together into a big-picture understanding of what’s happening nationally or globally. How are patterns of rainfall shifting … Read more “Sharing Across Scales in Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing”

Categories: Citizen Science News, Events

Becoming a Bio-Engineer

The genetic modification of crops (GMOs) and the concept of designer babies (thanks to CRISPR technology) may be two of the most recognizable, yet controversial, topics related to the field of genetic engineering. At its core, genetic engineering, also known as bioengineering, is the genetic modification of an organism. Some view genetic engineering as an … Read more “Becoming a Bio-Engineer”

Categories: Biology, CitSci Research, Do-It-Yourself, Project Profile

A Year of Citizen Science Calendar: December

As a gift to the citizen science community, this holiday season, SciStarter created a beautiful citizen science calendar!  This calendar was developed with the help of a lot of people. The Citizen Science Association Listserv and Jill Nugent compiled an awesome collection of events, and then Erica Chenoweth took this list and created a Google … Read more “A Year of Citizen Science Calendar: December”

Categories: About Us, Calendar

Give the gift of citizen science this year!

Overwhelmed with holiday shopping? Well, maybe our team can help you out with some gifts that support citizen science! Whether it’s a kit or some citizen science project swag, there are a lot of ways to show your support and share the world of citizen science with your friends and relatives. Cheers! The SciStarter Team

Categories: Animals, Apps, Astronomy & Space, Biology, Birds, Citizen Science, Featured Projects, Geology & Earth Sciences, Insects, Nature & Outdoors, Newsletter, Ocean & Water

Combating Climate Change: Advice from a Fellow of the Royal Society, England’s National Academy of Science, Which Launched on This Day in 1660

England’s Royal Society, the national academy founded on November 28, 1660, is still churning out loads of scientific excellence. In this blog, a current fellow shares how we can all help combat climate change. On November 28, 1660, English scientist Christopher Wren spoke at Gresham College in Central London, launching what is now the Royal … Read more “Combating Climate Change: Advice from a Fellow of the Royal Society, England’s National Academy of Science, Which Launched on This Day in 1660”

Categories: Climate & Weather, Ecology & Environment, This Day in Science History

Citizen Science goes to camp and into classrooms: Join us for a Virtual Citizen Science Field Trip!

This fall, students everywhere were treated to a citizen science virtual field trip organized by Discovery Education and the Girl Scouts of the USA. “Unleash Your Inner Scientist,” the title of virtual field trip,  featured SciStarter’s Founder, Darlene Cavalier, and was filmed on location at the 92-acre STEM Center of Excellence in Dallas, Texas. No … Read more “Citizen Science goes to camp and into classrooms: Join us for a Virtual Citizen Science Field Trip!”

Categories: Citizen Science, Education, Events, Girl Scouts

Book Review: Introspection through citizen science

Busch, Akiko. The Incidental Steward: Reflections on Citizen Science. Yale University Press, 2014. 256 pages. Paperback $US16.00 One evening as she was preparing dinner, Jennifer Doudna’s son noticed her laughing out loud.  The biochemist had been thinking about how bacteria have the ability to protect themselves by finding and clipping a virus’ DNA—CRISPR—a clever mechanism … Read more “Book Review: Introspection through citizen science”

Categories: Book Review, Citizen Science, Nature & Outdoors