Genetics research projects in need of your help!

By Editorial Team January 28th, 2016 at 5:50 pm | Comment

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Citizen Science Genetics Projects

Here are six citizen science projects in need of your help to explore life all around us.

If you are interested in additional genetics themed citizen science, be sure to visit our storify of the January #CitSciChat which focused on citizen science and genetics!

Cheers!

The SciStarter Team

 

 

Genetics and Smell Chemistry

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Part of the way we smell things is controlled by our genes. Families are needed to smell a provided sample and record how their perceptions of the smell differ. The results will inform understanding of the genetics of smell.

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Genetics of Taste

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Have a sweet tooth? It could be genetic. This project, based at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, explores the factors that influence taste.

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Fraxinus

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If you like both online games and trees, this might be the project for you! You can play a game using real genetic data to help protect ash trees (Fraxinus excelsior) from disease.

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Pieris Project

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The cabbage white (Pieris rapae) is one of the most common butterflies worldwide. Help this project collect genetic data on cabbage whites to investigate how the species has successfully spread and adapted to many different environments.

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The Genographic Project

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National Geographic is collecting and analyzing samples of DNA to learn how humanity spread across the earth. With a simple cheek swab, you can learn about your personal genetic history and contribute to a larger body of knowledge

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Personal Genome Project

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Harvard’s Personal Genome Project studies how genetics and the environment influence traits, while at the same time creating a publically accessible database for genetic and health information.

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Categories: Citizen Science

SciStarter adds first Canadian organization as a citizen science partner

By Arvind Suresh (Editor) January 28th, 2016 at 9:20 am | Comment

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SciStarter adds first Canadian organization as a citizen science partner

The David Suzuki Foundation expands citizen science projects to include Canadians

Philadelphia, PA / Vancouver, B.C. (January 28, 2016) — The David Suzuki Foundation is teaming up with SciStarter to encourage science researchers in Canada to engage more citizen science partners through SciStarter’s North America-wide database and international reach.

“Global collaboration on scientific research on the environment is crucial,” said Darlene Cavalier, founder of SciStarter and professor of practice at Arizona State University. “We’re thrilled to see growing involvement from the international scientific community, particularly from the David Suzuki Foundation, which works to conserve the environment and find solutions to some of Canada’s most pressing environmental concerns.” Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Citizen Science

SciStarter, Discover Magazine, Astronomy Magazine and the Science Cheerleaders at AAAS Family Science Days!

By Darlene Cavalier January 26th, 2016 at 11:40 am | Comment

aaas family science days
Saturday and Sunday February 13–14, 2016
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel Washington, DC

Register now: Free, hands-on science fun for the entire family.

Explore interactive science exhibits, learn about cool science jobs, and have your questions answered by scientists, including these Science Cheerleaders!

Megan, Computer Scientist, Redskins alumni
Megan, Computer Scientist, Redskins alumni
Margaret, PhD Chemistry, Baltimore Blast alumni
Margaret, PhD Chemistry, Baltimore Blast alumni
Lauren, Mathematician, Redskins and Wizards Alumni
Lauren, Mathematician, Redskins and Wizards Alumni

We’ll also be joined by our pals at Discover Magazine and Astronomy Magazine to lead a Science Quiz Show on Sunday, 2/14 at 11:30 am sharp! Answer some questions about science and win cool prizes!

All weekend-long, guests will learn how to get involved in Snow Tweets, an awesome citizen science project to help cryosphere researchers calibrate the accuracy of weather satellites. We’ll even get you started with a free ruler complete with instructions to simply stick the ruler in snow and tweet your snow depth measurement and location to #snowtweets!

Grab your free ruler and ground truth snow measurements during the next snowfall!

Grab your free ruler and ground-truth snow measurements during the next snowfall!

Fighting Alzheimer’s Together, Through Citizen Science

By Guest January 23rd, 2016 at 12:14 pm | Comment

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by Egle Marija Ramanauskaite

Maybe you’re finding it hard to stick to that New Year’s resolution of making it to the gym every week. How about trying something easier instead? Like changing the world for example, by helping cure Alzheimer’s – one of the most devastating diseases that we face today.  How, you ask? Read on to find out.

A “historic” increase of $350 million in U.S. federal funding for Alzheimer’s research was signed into law last month to help battle this aggressive form of dementia. But while we wait for much anticipated breakthroughs to happen, everyday citizens like us can do our bit to further progress. Read the rest of this entry »

SciStarter’s database of citizen science projects now featured on AllForGood.org and Serve.gov

By Darlene Cavalier January 16th, 2016 at 12:58 pm | Comment

SciStarter’s database of citizen science projects now featured on AllForGood.org and Serve.gov . Federal employees will now be able to find and join SciStarter’s citizen science projects just in time for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, when everyone is encouraged to participate in a Day of Service.

All For Good, a service of Points of Light, now features hundreds of citizen science projects from SciStarter’s database, making it easier than ever to connect passionate people looking to make change happen through scientific research projects in need for their help. All For Good generated more than 64 million searches for volunteer projects last year.

A citizen science project can involve one person or millions of people collaborating toward a common goal. SciStarter aggregates more than 1,100 citizen science projects on a single website in order to connect scientists and community leaders with anyone who wants to contribute to valuable science.

“SciStarter is thrilled to share its extensive database of citizen science projects with All For Good’s active community of millions of people eager to find ways to make the world a better place,” said Darlene Cavalier, Director of SciStarter. “Why not change the world through service to science?”

“SciStarter will help us connect more people to projects that will have a real impact on a range of diverse research areas, including ecology, environment, health, astronomy, ornithology and more,” said Art Ordoqui, Senior Director, Product Development, Points of Light. “All For Good also shares projects with the Serve.gov website for volunteer opportunities, so federal employees will now be able to find and join SciStarter’s citizen science projects just in time for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, when everyone is encouraged to participate in a Day of Service.”

All For Good is joined by several other partners that feature projects from SciStarter’s database, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Discover Magazine, Astronomy Magazine, PBS Kids, and more.

Participation Details for Project Owners and Interested Citizen Scientists
It’s easy for researchers from around the world to add their projects to SciStarter’s growing Project Finder, tapping into the network of portal partners and project participants at All For Good and others, by clicking “add a project” from SciStarter’s homepage [www.SciStarter.org]. AllForGood.org and Serve.gov website visitors can search for SciStarter’s citizen science projects using the keywords “STEM” or “citizen science”.

About SciStarter
SciStarter enables people to contribute to science through informal recreational activities and formal research efforts. The website creates a shared space where scientists can connect with people interested in working on or learning about joint research projects.

About All For Good
All for Good – a service of Points of Light – is one of the world’s largest free, online marketplaces matching volunteers with opportunities to serve. Users of All for Good generated nearly 64 million project searches in the past year for 300,000 volunteer projects.