PhenoCam and Season Spotter: Using Digital Photography to Educate Youth and Advance Climate Change Science

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? This question has engaged philosophers through the ages in discussions regarding observation and the knowledge of reality. Scientists in the PhenoCam Network are also interested in what goes on in forests when no one is around to observe … Read more “PhenoCam and Season Spotter: Using Digital Photography to Educate Youth and Advance Climate Change Science”

Categories: Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Project Profile

The gamification of data analysis in cancer increases citizen contribution and reduces research time

Individuals diagnosed with muscle-invasive bladder cancer face a difficult treatment decision – intensive radiotherapy or complete surgical removal of their bladder. Each option has benefits and draw backs, and there are limited data available to patients and physicians to help predict which treatment might provide the best outcome. Dr. Anne Kiltie, Associate Professor of Radiation … Read more “The gamification of data analysis in cancer increases citizen contribution and reduces research time”

Categories: Apps, Biology, Citizen Science, Gaming, Project Profile

Fighting Alzheimer’s Together, Through Citizen Science

by Egle Marija Ramanauskaite Maybe you’re finding it hard to stick to that New Year’s resolution of making it to the gym every week. How about trying something easier instead? Like changing the world for example, by helping cure Alzheimer’s – one of the most devastating diseases that we face today.  How, you ask? Read on … Read more “Fighting Alzheimer’s Together, Through Citizen Science”

Categories: Biology, Citizen Science, Project Profile

Citizen Scientists Help Unravel the Genetics of Taste

Citizen scientists help make discoveries about how genetics may shape the way we taste food.  Turkey or ham? Stuffing or mashed potatoes? Pumpkin or apple pie? As I prepared for Thanksgiving this year, I reflected on all the culinary choices this feasting day offers and wondered why people who share a culture, a community, or … Read more “Citizen Scientists Help Unravel the Genetics of Taste”

Categories: Biology, Citizen Science, CitSci Research, Project Profile

Putting Your Data to Work With myObservatory

Editor’s Note: myObservatory is a SciStarter advertiser but had no editorial input or control over this blog post. by Kristin Butler When I attended the Citizen Science Association’s first national conference in San Jose earlier this year, I noticed a recurring theme: while there has been an explosion in the collection of data by volunteers across the … Read more “Putting Your Data to Work With myObservatory”

Categories: Citizen Science, CitSci Research, Computers & Technology, Project Profile