The TODAY Show Participates in Project MERCCURI!

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The TODAY Show recently participated in Project MERCCURI, presented by UC Davis, SciStarter, and Science Cheerleader. They anchors swabbed Studio 1A for microbes on air! Looks like they had fun. They’ve sent their microbes to UC Davis where they will be cultured and sent to the International Space Station along with 39 other surface samples collected from NFL and NBA stadiums and other landmarks. Astronauts on the International Space Station will analyze their growth rates in space while researchers at UC Davis keep an eye on their growth rates on Earth. Learn more about our citizen science project, Project MERCCURI.

From the set to the space station–the opportunities to participate in citizen science abound!

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Lily Bui

Although she holds dual non-science bachelors’ degrees in International Studies and Spanish from the University of California Irvine, Lily has long harbored a proclivity for the sciences. A daughter of an engineer and an accountant who also happen to be a photographer and musician, respectively, Lily grew up on the nexus between science and art. Lily has worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.; served a year in AmeriCorps in Montgomery County, Maryland; worked for a New York Times bestselling ghostwriter in California; and performed across the U.S. as a touring musician. She currently works with WGBH-TV Boston and Public Radio Exchange (PRX) in Cambridge. In her spare time, she thinks of cheesy science puns (mostly to entertain herself). // Tweets @dangerbui