Coming in at number 76, the citizen science article features key citizen science developments from 2013 including those from Public Lab, CrowdCrafting, Cell Slider and Eye Wire. The article, “Science For the People, By the People,” was written by Discover Magazine’s contributor and director of special projects, Darlene Cavalier. Cavalier is also the founder of SciStarter, a Discover Magazine partner.
“The Pulse,” WHYY’s weekly one-hour radio program focused on health, science and innovation in the Philadelphia region, will launch on Friday, Dec. 6. The show will explore the personal stories of illness and recovery, discovery, health and science trends and much more. Working with SciStarter’s founder, Darlene Cavalier, the show will also take a close look at citizen science initiatives in the PA, NJ, DE region and report out on which projects are gaining the most traction and yielding effective results. WHYY’s Behavioral Health Reporter, Maiken Scott, will host the program every Friday at 9 a.m. with a rebroadcast on Sunday mornings. Here’s where to listen:
WHYY’s Friday morning schedule (come Dec. 6th):
6-9 a.m. – Morning Edition
9-10 a.m. – The Pulse
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Radio Times
Here’s where you can help. If you’re a project manager, volunteer, or participant in a citizen science project in the PA, NJ, or DE areas, we want to hear from you! If you have an interesting story to share about a citizen science project or experience, let us know. Send your stories for consideration to Lily@SciStarter.com.
This piece was originally posted on Science Cheerleader.
1) Space Station Microbiome. Collecting microbial swab samples from the International Space Station (ISS) and examining the microbial communities therein (via 16S sequencing)
2) Swabbing Sports and Space Events. Collecting swab samples around the country at sporting and other public events from cell phones, shoes, and various surfaces (e.g. keyboards, screens, railings etc.) These will be used for comparison to the ISS samples and for a look at microbial biogeography across a national scale. In collaboration with Jack Gilbert at the Earth Microbiome Project and the Science Cheerleaders who will be organizing and leading the sampling events.
3) Microbial Playoffs. A microbial growth competition on the ISS. A subset of samples collected at public events will be cultured at UC Davis and the “best” microbe from each environment will be sent to the ISS for a “microbial playoffs” competition. A duplicate of this experiment will be conducted on earth and the results compared. Details here.
We are on target to collect 4,000 microbe samples from shoes and cell phones and another 40 from cool surfaces in distinct locations/venues including several NFL, NBA and MLB stadiums.
We had several great events across the country including one at a San Antonio Spurs game in connection to the National Science Teachers Association’s annual conference and another at a Phillies game! Microbes from shoes and cellphones have come from the AZ Cardinals cheerleaders (special thanks to the folks at the AZ Science Festival for their help!), the NE Patriots cheerleaders, San Francisco 49ers cheerleaders and more. Other participating teams include the Orlando Magic, Tennessee Titans, Sacramento Kings, and Philadelphia 76ers, with more to follow!
Pop Warner Little Scholars is activating Project MERCCURI as a kick off event at their opening games this month and we’re reserving a spot on the Space Station for one of their samples!
We partnered with Yuri’s Night and Teachers in Space and have reserved at least one space on the ISS for samples collected by our various partners at events across the country. Plus….many schools are involved and we’re creating educational materials to help teachers engage their students in the research outcomes throughout the year.
Stay tuned for news about:
- Upcoming “Science at the 76ers night” tied to Project MERCCURI in early November (we even hope to shoot microbe sampling kits out of their huge T-shirt bazooka, right into the stands!).
- Bay Area Science Festival collaboration we hope to link to an activity at the Oakland Raiders game on 11/3. Science Cheerleader Wendy Brown, a lead PI earning her PhD from UC Davis, is a cheerleader for the Raiders!
- Launch celebration! Forty microbe samples will be sent to the International Space Station on the Space X rocket, scheduled to launch this winter. We plan to tie this into a game day activity with the Orlando Magic, conveniently located near Kennedy Space Center where the launch will take place. Looking forward to meeting the leaders at Space Florida and NanoRacks there. They made all of this possible!
- Announcement of the winners of the “microbial playoffs on the ISS” during an Atlanta Hawks game in late March, tied to the Atlanta Science Festival.
It’s not always easy for citizen scientists to see what happens with the data they collect. Not all projects are published, and those that are may not be open access and often only include a summary of the findings.
I work at F1000Research, and one of the key points of this open access journal is that all papers include all original data. It makes it easier for others to reproduce the work, and it makes science more transparent. In the context of citizen science projects, it lets all participants see their data in the context of the overall study.
No fee for ecology papers until 2014
At the moment, F1000Research is waiving the article processing charge on ecology papers, as long as that’s the first paper you’ve ever submitted to the journal, and you submit it before the end of the year, using code ECOL17. This would be a perfect opportunity for citizen science projects in ecology to try out the journal.
We’re also launching a new type of paper, which might also be useful for citizen science projects. Observation articles are papers that describe serendipitous observations that researchers have not been able to study systematically, but that offer a starting point for further exploration. With many people taking part in data collection for citizen science projects, you’re bound to come across something interesting! A famous example from astronomy is Hanny’s Voorwerp, but we suspect that a lot of ecology projects also bring up some interesting observations.
Ecology-themed observation articles are also free until the end of the year. Normally, publishing an observation article in publication in F1000Research costs $500, compared to $1000 for a full-length article).
Rapid publication and transparent peer review
Besides including all data, F1000Resesarch also includes all referee names and referee reports, and anyone who has an account can leave a comment on the article itself, or in response to a referee report. Like the articles themselves, the referee reports are all open access.
Articles on F1000Research are published online before peer review, after a quick in-house editorial check. That means that we can publish papers within a matter of days. F1000Research publishes all valid science.
This is a guest post from Eva Amsen of F1000 Research.
For any questions about our peer review model or the journal in general, please see our FAQ page.
For more info about this opportunity, see this blog post.
To submit a free ecology paper before the end of the year, use code ECOL17.
For any other questions, find us on Twitter at @F1000Research
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SciStarter contributors, Lily Bui, Caren Cooper, and Darlene Cavalier, developed this citizen science primer page on SciStarter. Please feel free to suggest additions and edits.
We hope this serves as a starting point for anyone thinking about dipping their toes into this exciting and emerging field!
The Citizen Science page on SciStarter addresses the following questions and provides links to related resources:
What is citizen science?
What is a citizen scientist?
How can I get involved in citizen science projects?
How will citizen science affect the future of scientific research?
How is the field of citizen science being formalized?
Links to professional associations, graduate courses, research papers, and additional resources about citizen science.
Formal, Recent Reports on Trends in Citizen Science
A Sampling of 2013 Citizen Science Research Papers
Thought Leaders and Other Resources
Platforms to Create Your Own Citizen Science Project
See Citizen Science on SciStarter for details.