Turning Passion into Protection: Citizen Science at the Beach with the Surfrider Foundation

Heading to the beach this weekend? Consider engaging in water quality testing with the Surfrider Foundation. The Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots environmental organization whose mission is to protect and enjoy the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches. Surfrider volunteers work in their communities across the country testing the water to provide more information to inform … Read more “Turning Passion into Protection: Citizen Science at the Beach with the Surfrider Foundation”

Categories: Chemistry, Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Project Profile

Crowd the Tap: Empowering Communities to Examine Their Lead Exposure

Lead water pipes have been a fixture of modern civilization for more than two thousand years.  Ancient Romans channeled water into homes and bathhouses through lead piping. In fact, the Latin word for lead, plumbum, is where we get the English word “plumbing.” Yet we have also long recognized that lead can have a serious … Read more “Crowd the Tap: Empowering Communities to Examine Their Lead Exposure”

Categories: Chemistry, Do-It-Yourself, Ecology & Environment, Project Profile

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Survivors in the Forest: Help Scientists by Identifying Resilient Trees

Calling all tree lovers! This Arbor Day, help scientists study trees near you with TreeSnap, an easy-to-use app. Are you a tree lover with a smartphone? If so, you can help out scientists who are trying to breed stronger trees. Like all living beings, trees face a variety of challenges and illnesses. In addition to … Read more “Survivors in the Forest: Help Scientists by Identifying Resilient Trees”

Categories: Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Environment

Take Pictures of Your (Six-Legged) Roommates for Science

Modern Americans spend nearly 90% of their lives indoors. Yet despite all that time inside, we know remarkably little about the life that shares our indoor spaces. This spring, a team at North Carolina State University hopes to change that by asking students to document the creatures they find in their dorms, homes, and apartments … Read more “Take Pictures of Your (Six-Legged) Roommates for Science”

Categories: Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Insects, Other, Project Profile, University

Rams vs. Patriots: Citizen Science Projects with the Science Cheerleaders

We’re highlighting five citizen science projects to celebrate the Super Bowl! In this newsletter, we’re also featuring the Science Cheerleaders: current and former NFL and NBA cheerleaders pursuing science careers. These SciCheers hail from L.A. and Boston. Our editors included a project for all the fans traveling to Atlanta for the big game! Cheers! The … Read more “Rams vs. Patriots: Citizen Science Projects with the Science Cheerleaders”

Categories: Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Featured Projects, Nature & Outdoors, Newsletter, Science Cheerleaders

Top 18 Projects of 2018

2018 was a great year for Citizen Science! More than 3,000 projects and events are now registered on SciStarter. There’s something for everyone, everywhere. In this edition of the newsletter, we are honoring the Top 18 Projects of 2018: projects that our collective community shared, participated in, and loved. Cheers! The SciStarter Team GLOBE Observer: … Read more “Top 18 Projects of 2018”

Categories: Astronomy & Space, Biology, Birds, Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Ecology & Environment, Featured Projects, Health, Insects, Nature & Outdoors, Newsletter

Citizen Science Needed to Help Feed the World

For more than a hundred years, the United States government has paired university scientists with local farmers to study how best to feed the world. These extension programs helped to more than double agricultural production in the U.S. between 1948 and 2001 by sharing knowledge between farmers and university researchers. These extension programs—which bring knowledge … Read more “Citizen Science Needed to Help Feed the World”

Categories: Biology, Do-It-Yourself, Ecology & Environment

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