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MN Public Radio’s Heather McElhatton to moderate authors’ discussion at Citizen Science Association Conference
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.
In 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!
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:
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 data.gov). Maybe we’ll see a correlation between sleep habits and fish catches. 🙂