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Book Review: Building a Foundation In Environmental Citizen Science

Dickinson, Janis L. & Bonney, Rick. (eds). Citizen Science: Public Participation in Environmental Research. Cornell University Press, 2012. 279 pages. Paperback $US 29.95. Though 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 … Read more “Book Review: Building a Foundation In Environmental Citizen Science”

Categories: Book Review, Citizen Science, CitSci Research, Environment

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Hoping for optimality or designing for inclusion: Persistence, learning, and the social network of citizen science

A new article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) analyzes the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST), a hands-on citizen science project, in the context of a meta-analysis of 54 other projects to “quantitatively explore” citizen science data. The article’s findings suggest that “hands-on citizen … Read more “Hoping for optimality or designing for inclusion: Persistence, learning, and the social network of citizen science”

Categories: Citizen Science, CitSci Research

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

Part Three of Curio Series: Q&A with Co-Founder, Conor Nugent

This post is part three of a three-part series about how Curio can help citizens recognize, appreciate, and care for the highly beneficial green spaces around them. Special thanks to Megan Ray Nichols for putting all this together. Portions of this interview appeared in part one of this series. Part One | Part Two | Part Three What are … Read more “Part Three of Curio Series: Q&A with Co-Founder, Conor Nugent”

Categories: Apps, Citizen Science, CitSci Research, Ecology & Environment, Environment

Part Two of Curio Series: A Word From Co-Founder, Paul Hickey

This post is part two of a three-part series about how Curio can help citizens recognize, appreciate, and care for the highly beneficial green spaces around them. Part One | Part Two | Part Three When I was 8 years old, a friend of mine fell from the very top of an extremely tall cypress … Read more “Part Two of Curio Series: A Word From Co-Founder, Paul Hickey”

Categories: Apps, Citizen Science, CitSci Research, Ecology & Environment, Environment

Part One of Curio Series: Protect Urban Forests With Curio

This post is part one of a three-part series about how Curio can help citizens recognize, appreciate, and care for the highly beneficial green spaces around them. Part One | Part Two | Part Three The word “forest” can conjure an image of distant, thickly wooded area, straight from a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Curio, an app and website, … Read more “Part One of Curio Series: Protect Urban Forests With Curio”

Categories: Apps, Citizen Science, CitSci Research, Ecology & Environment, Environment

New Book Review Series

We have an exciting announcement! Beginning in October of this year, SciStarter is partnering with Dr. Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher’s research team to begin publishing monthly book reviews of books focusing on citizen science. Dr. Mehlenbacher’s team at the University of Waterloo includes both undergraduate and graduate students. Housed in the English Department, the team’s research focuses on, among … Read more “New Book Review Series”

Categories: About Us, Citizen Science, Citizen Science News, CitSci Research, Education, SciStarter News

Join #MissionMonarch

Do you live in Mexico, the United States, or Canada? Then starting tomorrow, you can join in the second International Monarch Monitoring Blitz. From July 28 to August 5, it’s time for #MissionMonarch. By joining in on the Blitz, you help identify the monarch butterfly’s breeding sites, a task essential to its survival. You can … Read more “Join #MissionMonarch”

Categories: Biology, Citizen Science, Citizen Science News, CitSci Research, Ecology & Environment, Events, Nature & Outdoors, Project Profile

Think you have remarkable memory traits? Share them by participating in the Harvard PGP-Lumosity Memory Challenge

It all starts with Professor George Church’s vision. Church is a core faculty member at the Wyss Institute and professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School. In 2005, he launched the Personal Genome Project (PGP), which collects data on a person’s DNA, environmental background, and relevant health and disease information from consenting participants. The premise … Read more “Think you have remarkable memory traits? Share them by participating in the Harvard PGP-Lumosity Memory Challenge”

Categories: Alzheimers, Citizen Science, CitSci Research