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Citizen Science Association Conference Expands the Movement that Draws Everyday People into Legitimate Research

St. Paul, MN – (May 10, 2017) – Scientists, community members, and educators from around the world will gather at the Citizen Science Association (CSA) “CitSci2017” Conference to share innovations and best practices for significant research collaborations between scientists and everyday citizens. Read more…
(Released through EurekAlert via University of Minnesota)

CitSci2017: Science Connected on STEM Education and Journalism

(May 15, 2017) – Science news is all too often sensationalized and reduced to soundbites, which does a disservice to scientists and to everyone who reads the news. However, sharing science with the public can be intrinsically rewarding for scientists and of tremendous societal value. Scientific literacy enables participation in a modern, high-tech society where decisions are made daily about issues like pollution and climate change, health care, education. It can give everyone the option of pursuing a STEM career. Science Connected, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is attending the Citizen Science Association conference to promote the importance of responsible science journalism and to collaborate with attendees who wish to share their work… Read more.

Finding Big Fish Online: How Artificial Intelligence Is Turning Vacation Videos Into Shark Science

Portland, Oregon, USA – (May 18, 2017) – Since 2003, a global community of shark researchers and divers has united in studying the world’s biggest fish: the endangered whale shark (Rhincodon typus). Their global research platform — Wildbook for Whale Sharks ( — has combined over 120 researchers and volunteers with 5000+ citizen scientists into a global community focused on studying the population size… Read more.



Thursday, May 18th: Dr. Marc Edwards is the Charles P. Lunsford Professor of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering in The Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. With the support of an NSF grant, and most importantly, engaged citizens, Edwards was instrumental in demonstrating Flint, MI dangerously contaminated water. Citizen LeeAnne Walters, a Flint citizen and mother of four, and member of Coalition for Clean Water, will join Edwards to discuss how they worked together to bring Flint’s water crisis to national, and international, attention.


Friday, May 19th: Dr. Ellen Jorgensen is co-founder and Executive Director of Genspace, a community biolab. She is passionate about science literacy in both student and adult populations, particularly in molecular and synthetic biology. In 2011 she initiated Genspace’s award-winning curriculum of informal science education for adults in biotechnology and synthetic biology. Ellen has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from New York University, spent many years in the biotechnology industry, and is currently adjunct faculty at New York Medical College, the School of Visual Arts, and a Visiting Professor at The Cooper Union. She is @FeyScientist on Twitter.

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Univeristy of Minnesota
Science Museum of Minnesota
Bell Museum of Natural History
St. Paul Foundation
Twin Cities PBS

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