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MN Public Radio’s Heather McElhatton to moderate authors’ discussion at Citizen Science Association Conference

By 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.

Panelists include:








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.



Darlene Cavalier – The Citizen Scientist

By January 16th, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Comment

Darlene Cavalier, founder of SciStarter and Science CheerleaderIn a former life, Darlene Cavalier was a cheerleader for the Philadelphia 76ers. Today, she’s the founder of SciStarter and Science Cheerleader, two websites dedicated to spreading the word that science is something anyone can do (as you know!).

Discover Magazine author, Katie Palmer, recently sat down with Darlene to get the inside scoop on SciStarter and a host of other topics.

What led to the creation of SciStarter? What are Darlene’s favorite citizen science projects? What got her interested in communicating science 
to the public?
 Can hands-on 
activities really help us make sense of the 
complexities of 
climate change?

Read the story to find out!

Sci4Cits comes alive at the Science Online 2010 conference!

By January 18th, 2010 at 11:26 am | Comments (2)

The science blogging community gathered (in person) at the increasingly popular Science Online 2010 conference in Durham, N.C. this past weekend where I was invited to chat about Adult Science Literacy, Science in the Media, and Citizen Science. I had the chance to unveil this beta version of  Sci4cits to an enthusiastic reception from the science bloggers. They smiled, they tweeted, they blogged, and they provided lots of helpful suggestions. (We’re still seeking comments on this beta version and we’d love to hear from you.)

Some highlights from the session:

Science journalist Carl Zimmer substantiated the merits of citizen science and illustrated an example taking place in North Carolina…with dogs!

PLoS (Public Library of Science) biology editor Jonathan Eisen, who plans to launch a microbiology citizen science project, asked about unifying online data collection modules to enable researchers (and volunteers) to share information culled by citizen scientists. If you have ideas, let us know.

My co-presenters Scott Baker and Ben MacNeill shared their own experiences with citizen science projects:

Scott runs a Twitter-based reporting method to track fish catches. Now, through the wonder of Twitter, fishers log their catches and send the data to regulators–in real-time–using their cellphones.

Ben developed  Trixie Tracker, a data tracking web and phone app that allows parents to tease out patterns in their children’s sleep activity. Someday in the not-so-distant future, this information may be used by doctors and other scientists studying corollary trends (it could even be mashed-up with data now available from  Maybe we’ll see a correlation between sleep habits and fish catches. 🙂

Pictured here are some of the Science Online 2010 speakers: Darlene Cavalier, Dr. Kiki Sanford, Rebecca Skloot, and Joanne Manaster.

Pictured here are some of the Science Online 2010 speakers: Darlene Cavalier, Dr. Kiki Sanford, Rebecca Skloot, and Joanne Manaster.

More reactions to the event can be found here, here and here.