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MN Public Radio’s Heather McElhatton to moderate authors’ discussion at Citizen Science Association Conference

By March 14th, 2017 at 11:24 am | Comment

There’s still time to register for the Citizen Science Association Conference (5/17-5/20 in Minneapolis, MN). Among many exciting events and discussions, and just before the opening reception on 5/17, MN Public Radio’s Heather McElhatton, will moderate a one-hour book panel discussion in the Grand Ballroom at the River Centre. The event, sponsored by Arizona State University’s Center for Engagement and Training in Science and Society, will start promptly at 5:30 pm.

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This will be the second Citizen Science Association conference and an estimated  1,000 participants are expected to convene from all over the world.  Join the Citizen Science Association for reduced registration fees.

This is part of a series of posts about the Citizen Science Association Conference.

 

 

Environmental Protection Belongs to the Public: A #CitSciChat about the report for EPA on the role of citizen science

By January 10th, 2017 at 1:31 pm | Comment

Oneida citizen scientists are ready to plant wild rice to help restore wetlands in the Coyote Run Natural Area, Oneida, Wisconsin. Credit: Oneida Environmental Health and Safety Division.

Last month, the National Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT), an EPA advisory council, transmitted a report to EPA titled Environmental Protection Belongs to the Public: A Vision for Citizen Science at EPA outlining thirteen specific recommendations for EPA. (Learn more about the report, its genesis, and NACEPT, in this post, coauthored byShannon Dosemagen, Public Lab and Alison Parker, ORISE Fellow hosted by EPA.)

Tomorrow, January 11, 3-4pm ET, join some of the co-authors of the NACEPT report for a #CitSciChat, presented by Caren Cooper @CoopSciScoop and sponsored by @SciStarter.

Panelists include: 

Darlene Cavalier @scicheer and @SciStarter

Bridgett Luther @BridgettCLuther

Alison Parker @athousandflies

Post questions and/or weigh in on questions including:

In NACPET @EPA report, what are key take-home messages abt #CitizenScience?

How can @EPA best support #CitizenScience (big data) & #CommunityScience (small data)?

How can #CitizenScience support @EPA_research? How can #CitSci support regulatory role of @EPA?

What sort of #CitizenScience might @EPA @EPA_research hope to fund in future?

How much do #sensor innovations matter to future of @EPA #CitizenScience?

and more!

Join this critical conversation on Twitter by following #CitSciChat tomorrow between 3pm and 4pm ET.

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GAO cites ECAST: “Practices to Engage Citizens and Effectively Implement Federal Initiatives”

By October 14th, 2016 at 6:57 pm | Comment

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The U.S. Government Accountability Office (U.S. GAO) is the investigative arm of Congress charged with examining matters relating to the receipt and payment of public funds.

Today, the GAO published a new report to advise how the federal government can better engage citizens. Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology (ECAST) is cited as one of seven effective practices.

ECAST was cofounded by the following institutional partners: Arizona State University, Loka Institute, Museum of Science, Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, SciStarter and Science Cheerleader.

Federal agencies are using “open innovation” tools to leverage the knowledge and skills of people outside government. Using dedicated websites and in-person outreach, agencies have worked with the public to rebuild communities after Hurricane Sandy, improve methods to find asteroids that could threaten the Earth, and reduce the amount of time required for highway construction projects.

We identified 7 practices that agencies can use to effectively engage the public when using open innovation tools. Example of Open Innovation Tools: NASA’s Asteroid Initiative In-Person Forum and Online Platform

Read full report.

Understanding the Rhythms of the Desert: Citizen Science, Committed Communities, Public Libraries and SciStarter

By October 6th, 2016 at 10:17 am | Comment

A guest post from the Superstition Area Land Trust (SALT) community in Apache Junction, AZ.

Understanding the Rhythms of the Desert: A Citizen Science and Lending Library Program 

Presented by: The Superstition Area Land Trust (SALT), SciStarter, Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, YLACES.org, GLOBE.gov & The Apache Junction Public Library

SALT citizen science apache junctionThe Superstition Area Land Trust (SALT) is aware of the importance and need for credible scientific information to guide wise land use decisions and management.  SALT understands that communities and citizens who live, work and play on these lands can benefit from a greater understanding and appreciation of the scientific method of investigation and scientific information.  Citizens provided opportunities to participate in the practice of scientific study, data interpretation, and integration of results into decision making processes will develop a much greater appreciation of the many benefits science offers societies.  

SALT is forming a partnership with SciStarter, City of Apache Junction’s Public Library, Arizona State University and others to develop a citizen science program to allow the citizens of the region to become involved in the study of the components, interrelationships and rhythms of the natural world within which they live, work and play.  SciStarter is a unique organization dedicated to aiding citizens in finding, joining and contributing to science through more than 1600 formal and informal research projects and events https://scistarter.com/).

The program will offer a menu of modules that will allow participants to take on small study segments in the beginning and add more as their interests and curiosities increase. This program is designed to include people of all ages, from all backgrounds and experiences that are interested in science and want to become more knowledgeable of and experienced in its practice.

The base program will offer two modules: 1) The El Nino; and 2) The Garden Roots.  The El Nino is part of GLOBE.gov and shares environmental data with scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  The Garden Roots program, offered by the University of Arizona, is designed to Evaluate environmental quality and the potential exposure to contaminants of concern (COC) near resource extraction and hazardous waste sites. It provides results to participants, families and others in order to influence community prevention practices and environmental decision-making.

The program is designed with simplicity and participant involvement in mind.  Most training is available online from SciStarter at https://globescistarter.org/ and  https://gardenroots.arizona.edu/.  Equipment will be provided at the Apache Junction Public Library via SciStarter and ASU’s new prototype Citizen Science Lending Library and with  support from Youth Learning as Citizen Environmental Scientists https://www.ylaces.org/.   New SciStarter El Nino Citizen Science Kits have been created as part of this pilot program. Citizen Scientists can enter their data online with personal computers, smart phone apps, and/or computers at the library. We hope to have everything up and running by early November, 2016

If you’re interested in learning more, go to http://www.azsalt.org/cspreg.html  and leave your name, email address and phone number and we will contact you with updates on the program, information on how to register, obtain training and get started as a Citizen Scientist.

Citizen Science Maker Summit at Arizona State University: Register this week

By October 3rd, 2016 at 9:20 am | Comment

Citizen Science Maker Summit

 

Do you run, or are you involved in, a citizen science project? Have you created, or would you like to create, a low-cost instrument that can be used for scientific research?

Then join us for the the ASU Citizen Science Maker Summit 2016  ,  a two-day event, hosted by Arizona State University in partnership with SciStarter, designed to explore the crossroads of citizen science and the maker movement. The summit is scheduled for October 26 (evening), 27 & 28, 2016 in downtown Chandler, Arizona at the ASU Chandler Innovation Center.

Brainstorm with representatives from the NIH, EPA, NASA and USGS as well as from private foundations, industry, and local communities.

Register this week!