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SciStarter’s founder appointed to NAS committee on Citizen Science

By July 11th, 2017 at 12:04 am | Comment

Written by Adam Gabriele, Arizona State University. Originally published on ASUNow.

There’s an exciting change under way in the scientific community. Citizens with an avid interest in science are getting the chance to contribute to real research through data collection and analysis in collaboration with professional scientists.

Darlene Cavalier and Kiki Jenkins

Darlene Cavalier (left) and Kiki Jenkins

These “citizen scientists” — tinkerers and enthusiasts of all stripes — are being given the tools and platforms to turn their interests into real research, perhaps minimizing or even bringing to an end the stark division between academia and society.Darlene Cavalier and Kiki Jenkins, professors from the School for the Future of Innovation in Society.Download Full Image

In 2016, ASU hosted the Citizen Science Maker Summit, organized by Darlene Cavalier, professor of practice with ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society (SFIS).

Diving in and developing creative solutions is a characteristic that “mirrors that of the millions of citizen scientists around the world who are contributing to our understanding of the world and how we can solve today’s problems,” Cavalier said.

ASU isn’t the only institution that’s caught on to the increasing relevance of citizen science.

The National Academy of Sciences has formed the Committee on Designing Citizen Science to Support Science Learning to identify and describe existing citizen science projects that support science learning in both formal and informal settings. The committee will develop a set of evidence-based principles to guide the design of citizen science.

Cavalier, founder of SciStarter — an online platform for identifying, supporting, and participating in citizen science opportunities, was invited to be a member of the committee.

“I’m thrilled to have an opportunity to work with the committee to address an important gap in citizen science literature:  understanding how to design citizen science so it can better support deeper forms of science learning,” she said.

The committee plans to evaluate the potential of citizen science to support science learning, lay out a research agenda to improve that potential, and identify promising practices and programs.

Cavalier is also the co-founder of the Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology (ECAST) network, co-editor of The Rightful Place of Science: Citizen Science, and a member of the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology.

Lekelia “Kiki” Jenkins, assistant professor at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, has also been named a founding member of the committee.

Jenkins is an award-winning marine conservation scientist who has published extensively on adult science learning in fishery learning exchanges. She is a Ford Foundation Fellow, a David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow, and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.

“I’m honored to be selected to serve on the National Academies of Science Committee on Designing Citizen Science to Support Science Learning,” Jenkins said. “Serving on an NAS committee helps fulfil one of my career aspirations.”

Jenkins has already begun to implement a process for creating a consensus definition of citizen science, which, she said, “is a critical first step in the committee’s work.”

 

Citizen Science Maker Summit 2016

By September 23rd, 2016 at 12:47 am | Comment

ASU Citizen Science Maker Summit
The ASU Citizen Science Maker Summit 2016 is 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.

Registration is now open with discounts before September 30.

Arizona State University is a thought leader in both the citizen science and maker movements. Through the SciStarter website (a research initiative of ASU), we host a collection of more than 1,600 citizen science projects and events. ASU also led the first university collaboration with the TechShop maker space. In 2014, ASU hosted the inaugural Maker Summit, focusing on the Maker movement in higher education. It attracted 200 attendees from around the country.

By bringing together our larger national network, the ASU Citizen Science Maker Summit seeks to promote cross-pollination, learning and future collaborations among makers, designers, scientists, citizen scientists, and higher education institutions in support of making and citizen science.

The ASU Citizen Science Maker Summit 2016 will facilitate the sharing of best practices and help jump-start opportunities for the citizen science and making communities to learn from each other. The event will include a combination of breakout sessions, skill-building workshops and networking events, as well as multiple keynote speakers and optional tours/activities.

Learn more about the speakers and the goals by visiting https://makersummit.asu.edu/ .

Opportunity to sponsor first-of-its-kind summit to unite Citizen Science and Maker communities!

By July 23rd, 2016 at 11:43 pm | Comment

Arizona State University Citizen Science Maker Summit

Opportunity to sponsor first-of-its-kind summit to unite

Citizen Science and Maker communities!

Your support can increase the success of our efforts to develop a robust Citizen Science Maker community – one that can respond to the national need of bridging the demand for low-cost instruments so that citizens can contribute to scientific data and discovery.

The Citizen Science Maker Summit is a two-day event hosted by Arizona State University, in partnership with SciStarter, a research affiliate of ASU, and designed to facilitate the sharing of best practices between citizen science and Maker communities. The event will include a combination of national leaders from both communities as keynote speakers, topical sessions, skill-building workshops, and networking events. Experts from the Making and Citizen Science communities will be present, including signatories of the recent letter to President Obama, ”Fostering a Generation of Makers” and supporters of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s memorandum entitled “Addressing Societal and Scientific Challenges through Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing.” They will also discuss and lead interactive sessions on how to:

– infuse elements of making into existing citizen science projects and vice versa;
– expand university and community access to makers and citizen scientists;
– engage the K-12 and higher ed community in citizen science and making;
– connect makers with citizen scientists, researchers, Maker to Manufacturing experts;
– collaborate to build a database of low cost citizen science tools on SciStarter.

A total of 130 invited audience members are expected. All attendees will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences, share and learn best practices, and connect with educators, thought leaders and researchers committed to maker education and citizen science.

The Citizen Science Maker Summit will take place at the ASU Chandler Innovation Center (ACIC), an engineering and technology-based education and research hub located in the heart of downtown Chandler, Arizona. ACIC is used to host classes for ASU students along with workshops and events for the community. TechShop also operates in the space and is instrumental to the workshop. The Chandler TechShop is the most renowned maker space in the Southwest.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities or to discuss customized sponsorship packages for the Citizen Science Maker Summit, email Cindy Dick, program manager at Cindy.Dick@asu.edu.

Grand Sponsor / $15,000
● Presenting sponsorship rights, verbal recognition at Summit and in press releases
● Two minutes to verbally welcome attendees
● Six tickets to the Citizen Science Maker Summit
● Vendor table (or booth space ~ supplied by the sponsor) at Summit reception
● Logo on Citizen Science Maker Summit promotional event emails
● Logo on sponsorship signage/program at the Citizen Science Maker Summit
● Logo on the Citizen Science Maker Summit website with hyperlink to company’s page
● Logo in all produced videos related to the Citizen Science Maker Summit
● Mentions from ASU social media networks

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Gold Sponsor / $10,000
● Four tickets to the Citizen Science Maker Summit
● Vendor table at the Citizen Science Maker Summit reception
● Logo on Citizen Science Maker Summit promotional event emails
● Logo on sponsorship signage/program at the Citizen Science Maker Summit
● Logo on Citizen Science Maker Summit website with hyperlink to company’s page
● Logo in all produced videos related to the Citizen Science Maker Summit
● Mentions from ASU social media networks

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Maroon Sponsor / $5,000
● Two tickets to the Citizen Science Maker Summit
● Vendor space at the Citizen Science Maker Summit reception
● Logo on Citizen Science Maker Summit promotional event emails
● Logo on sponsorship signage/program at the Citizen Science Maker Summit
● Logo on Citizen Science Maker Summit website with hyperlink to company’s page
● Logo in all produced videos related to the Citizen Science Maker Summit
● Mentions from ASU

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