Host or Participate in Citizen Science Month Events in April: Accomplish Meaningful Research in the Process

SciStarter and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society (SFIS) at Arizona State University, with support from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), are engaging the public to help speed up research on human and environmental health. (Tempe, Arizona) — March 3, 2021 … Read more “Host or Participate in Citizen Science Month Events in April: Accomplish Meaningful Research in the Process”

Categories: Citizen Science Month

These Women Were First to Map the Cosmos. Volunteers are Bringing Their Work to Light

More than 100 years ago, Harvard astronomer Edward Charles Pickering decided he was going to take a picture of the entire night sky. Or, rather, many thousands of pictures, each capturing a tiny rectangle of the universe as seen through a telescope. Today, these photos survive on hundreds of thousands of glass plates at the … Read more “These Women Were First to Map the Cosmos. Volunteers are Bringing Their Work to Light”

Categories: Astronomy & Space

Citizen Science, from a Librarian’s Perspective

Citizen science joins the general public with the scientific community in creating a collaborative relationship to increase scientific knowledge.  All kinds of people can take part in citizen science projects by collecting and sharing data.  The possibilities are endless, and the contributions are immense!  So, for me, it was only natural that I should become … Read more “Citizen Science, from a Librarian’s Perspective”

Categories: Citizen Science Month, Library, NNLM

National Library of Medicine Citizen Science Month Mini Grant Application

Anyone, anywhere can plan a Citizen Science Month program or effort, but we have a new opportunity for additional support! Libraries and library systems are invited to submit applications for the Citizen Science Month (CSM) Mini Grants of $5,000 to increase awareness of and engagement in Citizen Science Month events and supplemental programs. $5,000 grants … Read more “National Library of Medicine Citizen Science Month Mini Grant Application”

Categories: Citizen Science Month, libraries, Library

Citizen Science is for Lovers

Like a tardigrade, our love for citizen science will never die. Help unravel mysteries of the heart, mind and universe with citizen science this Valentine’s Day. XOXO, The SciStarter Team

Categories: Citizen Science, Newsletter

Most People Aren’t Climate Scientists, But We Should Talk About Climate Change Anyway. Here’s How We Did It in North Carolina.

Do you find it hard to talk about climate change? You’re not alone. Surveys indicate that 72% of Americans report that they believe in climate change, but only 35% are talking about it regularly. Climate change is a challenging topic – reports of devastating wildfires, hurricanes and other events have increased in frequency, and discussing … Read more “Most People Aren’t Climate Scientists, But We Should Talk About Climate Change Anyway. Here’s How We Did It in North Carolina.”

Categories: Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Nature & Outdoors

City Squirrels Look Different. Is Evolution Driving a Color Change?

In 1902, an international trade deal was brokered between the U.S. and Canada. Frank Baker, superintendent of the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C., had been working on the deal for some time. In a letter from 1900 sent to several addresses in Ontario, Canada, Baker explains he is “very desirous of obtaining” a particular … Read more “City Squirrels Look Different. Is Evolution Driving a Color Change?”

Categories: Animals

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida’s Model for Staying Virtually Connected to Citizen Science

Innovating and finding ways to stay connected to members has been a challenge for almost every organization during 2020. The Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida Council (GSSEF) were able to connect virtually through the Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey on SciStarter during the summer of 2020. This effort allowed the Council to safely reach … Read more “Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida’s Model for Staying Virtually Connected to Citizen Science”

Categories: Citizen Science, Girl Scouts

Cheer On Citizen Science and the Superb Owl!

This post was originally published as a SciStarter newsletter. Sign up to receive bi-weekly citizen science in your inbox! Special project recommendations from our friends, the Science Cheerleaders! Hi! I’m Science Cheerleader Jeannie. I’m super excited for the Super Bowl this year, because in addition to currently being a Registered Nurse, I was a Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleader! … Read more “Cheer On Citizen Science and the Superb Owl!”

Categories: Newsletter

Citizen Scientists Have Found Dozens of ‘Failed Stars’ Near Earth

Sometimes the old methods truly are the best methods. When astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto in 1930, it was the result of countless hours spent straining his eyes at a machine called a blink comparator. Using it, Tombaugh could flip rapidly back and forth between two images of the night sky taken at slightly different … Read more “Citizen Scientists Have Found Dozens of ‘Failed Stars’ Near Earth”

Categories: Astronomy & Space, Other