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

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

Categories: Citizen Science, Citizen Science News, Science Policy

Citizen Science: Empowering a Robust National Effort

Citizen Science: Empowering a Robust National Effort Tuesday, June 7, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT with Honorary Co-Hosts Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) June 7, 2016, Noon – 1:30 p.m., Russell Senate Office Building, SR-385 Anyone can learn how to use the scientific method in ways that contribute to … Read more “Citizen Science: Empowering a Robust National Effort”

Categories: Citizen Science, Events, Science Policy

My 10-year citizen science journey.

Earlier this month, I had the immense honor  of sharing the stage with Bill Nye and some fascinating thought leaders in space exploration from academia and industry, thanks to the leaders at Arizona State University’s New Space. We talked about colonizing Mars, mining asteroids, women in STEM and more. Amid all the exciting, forward-looking discussions, bolstered … Read more “My 10-year citizen science journey.”

Categories: Citizen Science, Science Cheerleaders, Science Policy, SciStarter News

Is our thirst for energy killing the ecology of the Grand Canyon?

A new citizen science project invites volunteers to help study insect diversity in the Grand Canyon. Every night when she’s on the water, Gibney Siemion, a river expedition guide in the Grand Canyon, crouches at the edge of the Colorado River right on the line where the sand turns from wet to dry. Her equipment … Read more “Is our thirst for energy killing the ecology of the Grand Canyon?”

Categories: Animals, Biology, Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Insects, Nature & Outdoors, Ocean & Water, Science Policy

The RIFFLE Effect: Public Lab’s New Pilot Water Monitoring Sensor Tool

Public Lab announces RIFFLE, a new pilot program and open sensor tool to monitor water quality of Mystic River in Massachusetts. By definition, a riffle is a “short, relatively shallow and coarse-bedded length of stream over which the stream flows at higher velocity and higher turbulence than it normally does in comparison to a pool.” Similarly, Public … Read more “The RIFFLE Effect: Public Lab’s New Pilot Water Monitoring Sensor Tool”

Categories: Citizen Science, Ocean & Water, Science Policy

EPA Launches New Citizen Science Website; Resources Available to Conduct Scientific Investigations in Communities

(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has revamped its Citizen Science website to provide new resources and success stories to assist the public in conducting scientific research and collecting data to better understand their local environment and address issues of concern. The website can be found here. “Citizen Science is an increasingly important … Read more “EPA Launches New Citizen Science Website; Resources Available to Conduct Scientific Investigations in Communities”

Categories: Climate & Weather, In the News, Science Policy

Keeping the Kids Involved: A Look at COPPA and Citizen Science

This is a guest post by Anne Bowser, a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland College of Library and Information Science, and a Research Assistant with the Commons Lab of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Citizen science allows anyone and everyone to experience the thrill of scientific discovery. Children, who love being … Read more “Keeping the Kids Involved: A Look at COPPA and Citizen Science”

Categories: Citizen Science, Guest Contributor, Science Policy

Expert & Citizens Assessment of Science & Technology, for citizen scientists.

SciStarter is a proud founding partner of Expert & Citizen Assessment of Science & Technology (ECAST), a network that cordially invites you to the USA launch of the World Wide Views on Biodiversity project: A distributed, agile, collaborative, and non-partisan 21st century approach that integrates citizen participation, deliberation, expertise, and assessment into government policy making, … Read more “Expert & Citizens Assessment of Science & Technology, for citizen scientists.”

Categories: Citizen Science, Science Policy

The landscape and promise of Citizen Science

Some of you expressed interest in viewing the slides I shared during a talk at the Microbe.net workshop at UC Davis. The talk was designed to give an overview of citizen science projects and a peek at the opportunities and challenges ahead for people involved in the production of such projects. It also pointed towards … Read more “The landscape and promise of Citizen Science”

Categories: Citizen Science, Science Policy