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  • For the Win: Preserving Our World

    For the Win, a weekly blog series featuring the remarkable initiatives that young Americans are advancing to win the future for their communities, honors Jordyn Schara, a high school senior from Reedsburg, WI, who founded Wisconsin Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal, known as WI P2D2, to help communities dispose of medicines safely, preventing teen prescription drug abuse and avoiding water contamination.


  • West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project: Citizen Engagement to Measure and Improve Air Quality

    I co-founded, along with Brian Beveridge, The West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project (WOEIP), a resident-led, community-based environmental justice organization that has been a strong voice of reason in the West Oakland community over the last decade.


  • Backyard Brains – Gear for D.I.Y. Neuroscientists!

    We know a lot about how our amazing brain works, but there is much, much more that remains to be discovered. In fact, we have no cures and only insufficient treatments for neurological disorder, even though about 1 out of every 5 people will be diagnosed with a brain disease. Change is indeed needed in our nation’s approach to science education to bring more focus on neuroscience.


  • Citizen Scientists and Monarch Butterflies

    When I think of citizen science, I think of points of enlightenment spreading over a map, literally filling it with new knowledge. Each point represents a person who is making an important contribution to science, who is learning a lot, and who is likely to be engaged in conserving the phenomenon they’re studying.


  • CSI: NY - Citizen Science Investigations in New York City

    Citizen science offers a unique opportunity to involve people in real scientific research and can have enormous benefits: greatly expanding the ability of scientists to collect data, creating a more scientifically literate population, and allowing people to better understand their role in protecting nature.


  • BioCurious – a Hackerspace for Biology!

    Through volunteering, I ended up cofounding a non-profit cancer research lab, Livly, with the Director of Research at SENS, after a colleague of ours died from esophageal cancer, unable to even get an experimental treatment in the states.


  • Target Asteroids! Citizen Science: Tracking Near-Earth Asteroids for Science and Humanity

    Target Asteroids! builds on the tremendous foundations of amateur astronomy – throughout history, amateur and professional astronomers have made exciting discoveries, collaborated to learn more about the cosmos, and teamed up to provide details about the Solar System.


  • The Stories Plants Can Tell: NEON’s Project BudBurst

    As the Director of Citizen Science at the NSF-funded National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), I work with scientists, engineers, and educators who are very excited about continental-scale ecological data. NEON will provide 30 years of data on the effects of climate change, land-use change, and invasive species on natural resources and biodiversity.


  • Connecting People to Nature

    Our Citizen Science project aimed at engaging individuals as participants in research that would expand our knowledge of the ecological inventory and interactions within our Hacienda La Esperanza Nature Reserve.


  • Citizen Science – Bringing the Excitement of Scientific Discovery to All

    In February 2010, along with Aaron Alford, I co-founded Paleo Quest, a non-profit citizen science service and research organization whose mission is to advance the sciences of paleontology and geology through research, exploration and science education.


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