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Citizen Science & Libraries: Fight Plastic Pollution Through Citizen Science Online Presentation and Q&A

Class Details

Presenter Bio: Kathryn Youngblood

Kathryn Youngblood is a Research Engineer at the University of Georgia New Materials Institute and the Citizen Science Director of the Debris Tracker app. In 2019, she traveled along the Ganges river as a member of National Geographic's Sea to Source expedition, using Debris Tracker to study the litter leakage of plastic waste in 10 communities along the river. She is passionate about finding upstream, collaborative solutions to plastic pollution.

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Oct 21, 2020
11:00AM - 12:30PM PT
Nancy Shin, Research and Data Coordinator
Continuing Education Credits: 

Citizen Science & Libraries is a 4-part webinar series that feature citizen science knowledge experts who will speak about their respective citizen science projects.

Register for this event for an introduction to citizen science, to learn more about libraries as hubs for citizen science, and to learn how to participate in citizen science projects that study the environment through a presentation and online Q&A.

The Marine Debris Tracker (also known as Debris Tracker) project helps over 25+ organizations collect data about where litter is showing up across the country – not just near water. This data contributes to maps used by researchers working on managing pollution worldwide. Materials are available in a variety of languages to get you tracking.

Learn more about citizen science and the Marine Debris Tracker Project before the event: https://scistarter.org/nlm

Katherine Youngblood, a leader from the Marine Debris Tracker project, will be in conversation with representatives from the Network of the National Library of Medicine - Pacific Northwest Region.

Join us on Zoom and submit your own questions on the Q&A/Chat features during the event. This event is supported by the Network of the National Library of Medicine, All of Us, and SciStarter.

The event will be an hour and a half long. The first hour is geared toward a general audience of all ages, and the last thirty minutes will focus on best practices for community leaders to get others involved in citizen science.

This event is eligible for 1.5 MLA CE credit. Email nkshin1@uw.edu for details.


Attendees will leave with more knowledge about how citizen science can be integrated into in-person and virtual library programs and more knowledge about the All of Us research program, as well as:

(1) Learn how to participate in a specific citizen science project;
(2) See the value of how specific citizen science projects enhance scientific discovery; and
(3) Acquire the skill-set to facilitate group events centering on a specific citizen science project.