Citizen Science


Community team working on environmental issues in Tonawanda, NY on environmental

Forging Equitable Scientist-Community Partnerships for Citizen Science Projects

Jackie James, Founder and Board Chair, and contributions by Dr. Shaun Crawford, Technical Advisor, , UCS

In 2014, I met Shaun Crawford at a Science for Action conference in New Orleans. With similar goals for our communities, we struck up a partnership, realizing science had to converge with civic action and community organizing to affect real change. Read more >

Jackie James
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In a Snapshot, “Sea” the Future Today

Cuong Tran and Diana Lopera, , UCS

They say that a picture can speak a thousand words … but what if the picture could paint a future 10, 50, 100 years from now? And not just a future that’ll impact one person, but rather the future that will impact many. Through the eyes of concerned community members and the power of community science, we find that things may be closer than they appear. Read more >

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As States Target University Students for Voter Suppression, Student Groups are Fighting Back

, Kendall Science Fellow

As the 2018 general midterm election approaches, college student voting rights are under attack.  Students are being specifically targeted for voter suppression in a number of states by excluding student identification as an acceptable form of voter identification, tightening up residency requirements, and selectively spreading misinformation. Fortunately, in several states, campus-wide and student-led movements are organizing and mobilizing college voters in a recognition of the historic role that students have played in the civil and voting rights movements in the United States and abroad.

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Photo: KOMUnews/Flickr
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Community-based Participatory Science is Changing the Way Research Happens—and What Happens Next

Judy Robinson,

When I started working in environmental health the general rule was “the dose makes the poison.” But then new breakthroughs in endocrine disrupting chemicals turned that theory on its ear, showing how some low-dose effects can be more severe than doses at higher levels. Read more >

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Did Wyoming Really Just Outlaw Citizen Science?

Amy Freitag, , UCS

I first heard about the new Wyoming law #SF0012 through the Slate article summarizing it as a criminalization of citizen science. There’s a real danger that it could be interpreted and implemented that way, but let’s try and give Wyoming the benefit of the doubt for a minute. Read more >

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