CitizenSci blog examines the emerging phenomena of public participation in science from diverse disciplinary perspectives. The methodology of citizen science is pushing research frontiers in the natural and physical sciences, education, natural resource management, social sciences, science communication, human-computer interaction, information technologies, urban planning, geography, and even democracy. Cooperation between professionals and citizen scientists to co-create scientific knowledge expands not only depth and breadth of discoveries, but also the very possibilities for discoveries. Citizen Sci bloggers will bring stories about innovative projects, methodologies, and histories to help chart the changing landscape of public participation in scientific research.
The CitizenSci Team:
Lily Bui Senior contributor, SciStarter.com
Lily is a senior contributor at SciStarter.com. She has worked on Capitol Hill, served in AmeriCorps and performed across the U.S. as a musician before becoming a communications director for a ghostwriter. Currently, she works for WGBH-TV in Boston and Public Radio Exchange (PRX) in Cambridge, MA. She received a dual B.A. in International Studies and Spanish Language & Culture from the University of California Irvine.
Founder, SciStarter.com and ScienceCheerleader.com
Darlene is the founder of SciStarter.com, an online citizen science community that helps make it easier for people to learn about and get involved in citizen science projects. She is also the founder of ScienceCheerleader.com, a site that creates mechanisms for public engagement in scientific research and policy discussions. But Darlene is far better known for giving rise to the “Science Cheerleaders” comprised of more than 200 current and former NFL and NBA cheerleaders who are also scientists and engineers. Darlene is Director of Special Projects at Discover Magazine. She holds a Masters Degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where she lives with her husband and four children.
Peter is a freelance journalist based in Los Angeles, California. He holds an M.S. in Digital Media from the Columbia Journalism School and a B.A. in Communication Studies and English from Vanderbilt University, where he covered sports for the Vanderbilt Hustler. Peter is currently the Content Coordinator at Escape Apps, a tech startup that creates travel and local discovery smartphone apps. He has worked for the Los Angeles Times, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, and Regis High School, a tuition-free prep school in New York City.
John Ohab, PhD
Director of Community Engagement, SciStarter.com
John is a digital strategist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. He was previously a new technology analyst at the Department of Defense Public Web Program, providing research and evaluation of web technology initiatives. John also led Defense Department’s award-winning outreach project, “Armed with Science,” a cross-agency effort to connect military scientists and engineers with the public through social media. He joined the government through consecutive American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowships at the Department of Defense (2008) and the National Institute of Mental Health (2007). John received a B.S. in biopsychology from UC Santa Barbara in 2002 and his Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA in 2007.
Caren Cooper, PhD.
Research Associate in Bird Population Studies at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Caren is a scientist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology where she carries out research on birds almost exclusively with data collected by willing and able hobbyists. Research via citizen science permits Caren to study ecological patterns and processes at continental-scales, in natural areas and around residences. Caren has a PhD in Biology from Virginia Tech, a Masters in Zoology & Physiology from the University of Wyoming, and a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from North Carolina State University She is co-editor of an upcoming special feature about citizen science for the online journal Ecology & Society. She is also a Senior Fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program, writing a book exploring the social and scientific impacts of citizen science, highlighting stories of the co-production of knowledge around the globe. Caren has contributed guest blog posts about the history of citizen science for Scientific American. Twitter: @CoopSciScoop
Ashley is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Communications, Rhetoric, & Digital Media program at NC State University
Her work is situated within rhetoric of science and interdisciplinary science studies. Ashley’s research is concerned with the construction of scientific knowledge, the Internet’s impact on scientific communication, and the increasing participation of non-experts in scientific work. She has taught on the topics of technical, scientific, and professional writing as well as an introductory-level Science, Technology, and Society course. She earned a Master’s degree in Rhetoric and Communication Design and Bachelor’s (Hons) in English Literature and Rhetoric at the University of Waterloo.
Sung won Lim
Amateur biologist, CoFounder, Genspace
Sung is an amateur biologist and science advocate in New York City. After co-founding Genspace community biology lab I participated in a number of iGEM competitions to learn more about synthetic biology and student-led research in unconventional environments, he’s currently an instructor for MIT’s BioBuilder program for high school students and a collaborator with local New York City high school teachers and hackers on tools and curriculum development.