Don’t miss the Citizen Science Day workshop at the CSA Conference!

By Catherine Hoffman March 22nd, 2017 at 10:38 am | Comment

There’s still time to register for the Citizen Science Association Conference (5/17-5/20 in Minneapolis, MN)! The conference will start on May 17 with a series of workshops and special events to dive deep into relevant topics.

 

 

As a proud cofounder of Citizen Science Day, SciStarter is pleased to invite you to join the Citizen Science Day task force workshop to plan for the sustained future of this event. The task force is led by Catherine Hoffman (SciStarter), Lila Higgins (Natural History Museum of Los Angeles), and Alison Young (California Academy of Sciences).

Goals include:

1. To solicit community feedback on the recurring date for Citizen Science Day.

2. To review Citizen Science Day 2016 and 2017 and to generate feedback for the planning of Citizen Science Day 2018.

3. To discuss the challenges and opportunities for Citizen Science Day events and to strategize future resources needed to overcome these challenges and maximize opportunities.

4. Solicit feedback on planning a wide-scale, annual evaluation plan for Citizen Science Day.

Register for the workshop in advance while you are signing up for the conference. We look forward to planning the future of this great event with you!

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.

Girl Scouts and Citizen Science at the Atlanta Science Festival

By Catherine Hoffman March 21st, 2017 at 11:50 am | Comment

SciStarter and the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta will be at the Atlanta Science Festival Expo on March 25th to help collect important cloud data for NASA. You are invited to join us!

Local Girl Scouts will show you how to help NASA ground-truth satellite data by identifying clouds, making observations, and adding your photos to the GLOBE.gov Observer database. If you can make it, just look for a Girl Scout (they’ll be in uniform) or stop by the SciStarter booth to get started.

We will also be taking “selfies for science” using the FaceTopo app to build a taxonomy of facial features AND teaching Atlanta residents how to find and research common beetles through the Backyard Bark Beetles project.

Science Cheerleader Christina will join us to engage more volunteers, talk about her career(s) and sign autographs at 12pm. Christina is a software engineer and former Atlanta Hawks cheerleader. Learn more about her in a recent interview!

We hope to see you in Atlanta!

 

 

 

Collaborative Citizen Science for Clean Water Management

By Guest March 15th, 2017 at 6:46 pm | Comment

By Lishka Arata, Conservation Educator at Point Blue

Volunteers collecting a sample from the lake to examine under the microscope. Photo: CMC

Despite the current administration’s efforts to roll back the Clean Water Act and dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency, interest and participation is growing in a new EPA- and stakeholder-led citizen science project that aims to inform clean water management.

The Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative has been gathering steam since 2010, when Hilary Snook, EPA Senior Water Quality Scientist, began receiving calls from state water quality agencies with complaints from their constituents about cyanobacteria blooms occurring in their waters.

A collaborative workgroup was formed between New England state water quality scientists and the EPA in an effort to create something that was stakeholder-inclusive and educational for those concerned about and involved in addressing cyanobacteria blooms and the water quality issues that surround them. Read the rest of this entry »

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.

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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.

 

 

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs and CoCoRaHS Wants to Know Where and How Many Fell

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 »