MN Public Radio’s Heather McElhatton to moderate authors’ discussion at Citizen Science Association Conference
By Darlene Cavalier March 14th, 2017 at 11:24 am | Comment
There’s still time to register for the Citizen Science Association Conference (5/17-5/20 in Minneapolis, MN). Among many exciting events and discussions, and just before the opening reception on 5/17, MN Public Radio’s Heather McElhatton, will moderate a one-hour book panel discussion in the Grand Ballroom at the River Centre. The event, sponsored by Arizona State University’s Center for Engagement and Training in Science and Society, will start promptly at 5:30 pm.
- Dr. Caren Cooper (NCSU): Citizen Science: Changing the Face of Discovery
- Mary Ellen Hannibal : Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction
- SciStarter’s Darlene Cavalier (ASU): The Rightful Place of Science: Citizen Science
This will be the second Citizen Science Association conference and an estimated 1,000 participants are expected to convene from all over the world. Join the Citizen Science Association for reduced registration fees.
This is part of a series of posts about the Citizen Science Association Conference.
By Alycia Crall March 11th, 2017 at 9:31 am | Comment
You may have noticed some strange weather recently where you live. For example, in February, it reached 100o in Mangum, Oklahoma when 56o is the average. For the first time ever, temperatures in Antartica rose to the high 60s. And when was the last time you saw a headline reading Hawaii Has Had More Snow than Chicago or Denver in 2017? Some may link these strange events to a changing climate, and although climate influences weather patterns, it’s important to make a distinction between the two to fully understand the impacts of global climate change.
Neil Degrasse Tyson communicates this distinction with an analogy of a man walking his dog, and another common analogy states: “weather influences what clothes you wear on a given day, while the climate where you live influences the entire wardrobe you buy.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Ashley R. Kelly March 9th, 2017 at 5:46 pm | Comment
Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and other New Ways of Engaging the World by Sharman Apt Russell. Oregon State University Press. 2014.
From the very first pages, Russell’s diary pulls the reader into experience. Vivid descriptions, lively metaphors, and breathless narrative bring together her diary entries into a larger story of becoming a scientist. Russell and her tiger beetles are revealed within her first entry—these are indeed the main characters in the story that follows—and we find a scientist at the beginning of her expedition into the mysterious world of tiger beetles.
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By Kristin Butler March 3rd, 2017 at 8:00 am | Comment
“People protect what they love.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
When I was a kid, my family and I used to love watching “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau.” Every week we’d set out the TV tables and share our dinner with the French marine explorer as he led us on underwater adventures and taught us to appreciate the beauty of science and the sea.
His show is one of the main reasons I became an environmental reporter and earned my scuba diving certification in Monterey Bay, and it made a similar positive impact on millions of other kids and families across the globe. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eva Lewandowski March 2nd, 2017 at 11:05 am | Comment