Announcing: Science Near Me!

We’re excited to announce the launch of a brand new resource to help you easily find all kinds of science-related experiences: Science Near Me.  On the Science Near Me website, a simple search tool lets you look for things like nearby science festivals, planetarium events, citizen science projects from SciStarter, science policy forums, star-gazing events … Read more “Announcing: Science Near Me!”

Categories: Education, Science Policy, SciStarter News

LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries, and SciStarter Partner to Support Citizen Science in Research Libraries

LIBER and SciStarter Sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) THE HAGUE, January 2022 — LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries, and SciStarter, an online citizen science hub, have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development, promotion, and facilitation of citizen science-related support services at research libraries in Europe and North America. The agreement formalises … Read more “LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries, and SciStarter Partner to Support Citizen Science in Research Libraries”

Categories: Science Policy, SciStarter News

Environmental Justice and Community-driven Research: Twitter Chat on November 13

Guest Post by Lynn Chesnut (@ramblynn1) Citizen science projects address a wide variety of research needs from bee conservation to light pollution. This type of citizen science typically involves volunteers collecting data for projects created by “expert” scientists, and volunteer involvement often ends there. But there’s another citizen science. A citizen science that involves volunteers … Read more “Environmental Justice and Community-driven Research: Twitter Chat on November 13”

Categories: Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Science Policy, Science Practices, Tools

Wicked Hot Boston: Urban Heat Island (UHI) Mapping

Want to map extreme heat in your community? Anyone, anywhere can take action with ISeeChange. It’s not just in your head; Boston really is hotter in the summer. When urban areas are warmer than surrounding non-urban environments, we experience a phenomenon called the urban heat island (UHI) effect.  Cities are filled with large amounts of … Read more “Wicked Hot Boston: Urban Heat Island (UHI) Mapping”

Categories: Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Events, Nature & Outdoors, Project Profile, Science Policy, Science Practices

GAO cites ECAST: “Practices to Engage Citizens and Effectively Implement Federal Initiatives”

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (U.S. GAO) is the investigative arm of Congress charged with examining matters relating to the receipt and payment of public funds. Today, the GAO published a new report to advise how the federal government can better engage citizens. Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology (ECAST) is cited as … Read more “GAO cites ECAST: “Practices to Engage Citizens and Effectively Implement Federal Initiatives””

Categories: Citizen Science, Citizen Science News, Science Policy

Citizen Science: Empowering a Robust National Effort

Citizen Science: Empowering a Robust National Effort Tuesday, June 7, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT with Honorary Co-Hosts Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) June 7, 2016, Noon – 1:30 p.m., Russell Senate Office Building, SR-385 Anyone can learn how to use the scientific method in ways that contribute to … Read more “Citizen Science: Empowering a Robust National Effort”

Categories: Citizen Science, Events, Science Policy

My 10-year citizen science journey.

Earlier this month, I had the immense honor  of sharing the stage with Bill Nye and some fascinating thought leaders in space exploration from academia and industry, thanks to the leaders at Arizona State University’s New Space. We talked about colonizing Mars, mining asteroids, women in STEM and more. Amid all the exciting, forward-looking discussions, bolstered … Read more “My 10-year citizen science journey.”

Categories: Citizen Science, Science Cheerleaders, Science Policy, SciStarter News

Is our thirst for energy killing the ecology of the Grand Canyon?

A new citizen science project invites volunteers to help study insect diversity in the Grand Canyon. Every night when she’s on the water, Gibney Siemion, a river expedition guide in the Grand Canyon, crouches at the edge of the Colorado River right on the line where the sand turns from wet to dry. Her equipment … Read more “Is our thirst for energy killing the ecology of the Grand Canyon?”

Categories: Animals, Biology, Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Insects, Nature & Outdoors, Ocean & Water, Science Policy

The RIFFLE Effect: Public Lab’s New Pilot Water Monitoring Sensor Tool

Public Lab announces RIFFLE, a new pilot program and open sensor tool to monitor water quality of Mystic River in Massachusetts. By definition, a riffle is a “short, relatively shallow and coarse-bedded length of stream over which the stream flows at higher velocity and higher turbulence than it normally does in comparison to a pool.” Similarly, Public … Read more “The RIFFLE Effect: Public Lab’s New Pilot Water Monitoring Sensor Tool”

Categories: Citizen Science, Ocean & Water, Science Policy