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PNR Rendezvous: What's All This Talk About Citizen Science?

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Darlene Cavalier, author of “The Field Guide to Citizen Science...” and Principal Investigator (PI) of multiple programs catalyzing citizen science in libraries and around the globe, will guide you as you discover what citizen science is, who is and isn’t engaged, how libraries can be community hubs for citizen science, and where the field may go in the future.

Joining Darlene are two high school science teachers, Cheryl Rice and Pete Recksiek, of Dalles, Oregon, who will share their classroom Citizen Science experience using two different projects they selected from the SciStarter/NLM microsite. Cheryl will discuss facilitating Debris Tracker and Pete will discuss facilitating Stallcatchers with their high school science students. Each will share why they choose their project, what went well, and what they’d do differently next time. They will also describe the benefits of Citizen Science project participation and offer advice for others, especially library staff, who want to offer citizen science opportunities through programs such as STEM, library nature groups, and science book clubs. The good news is: anyone can be a citizen scientist – all that’s needed is a bit of curiosity! Join this webinar to learn more!

Darlene Cavalier is a professor of practice at Arizona State Unversity's School for the Future of Innovation in Society. Professor Cavalier is the founder of SciStarter (a popular citizen science portal and research platform connecting millions of people to real science they can do), founder of Science Cheerleaders (a non profit organization comprised of current and former NFL, NBA and college cheerleaders pursuing STEM careers), and cofounder of EWCAST: Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology. She is a founding board member of the Citizen Science Association, an advisor and Fellow at National Geographic, a member of the EPA's National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology and she was recently appointed to the National Academy of Sciences "Designing Citizen Science to Support Science Learning" committee. She is the co-editor of "The Rightful Place of Science: Citizen Science," author of "The Science of Cheerleading," and co-author of the Field Guide to Citizen Science (Timber Press, Jan 2020).

Cheryl Rice is currently in her 17th year of teaching high school. She has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a concentration in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Cheryl has a Master of Science in Education: Educational Studies from Johns Hopkins University. She taught for 13 years at a high school in a Baltimore/Washington, D.C. suburb and the past few years at The Dalles High School, in Oregon. Over her teaching career, Cheryl has taught Advanced Placement Environmental Science, Environmental Science, Gifted/Talented Biology, Honors Biology, Biology, and Introduction to Physics.

Pete Recksiek teaches high school science in The Dalles, Oregon. He has a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Stonybrook University in Long Island, New York. Pete has always had a strong interest in science, and upon graduation worked as a tech in molecular biology labs for 10 years. His interests also include traveling, so he took the opportunity to combine his two interests and taught high school science at an international school in Shanghai, China, for 6 years. Pete’s interest in the outdoors is what finally brought him to Oregon.

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Apr 29, 2020
1:00PM - 2:00PM PT
Nancy Shin, Research and Data Coordinator
Continuing Education Credits: 

Class Overview

PNR Rendezvous is a webinar series presented by the Network of the National Library of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region. Each session focuses on various topics such as health, research, resources, librarianship, and technology for attendees to incorporate into their work.

Sessions from this series are recorded and available usually within 1 week of the live session. Scroll down to see a list of past sessions OR visit the PNR Rendezvous YouTube Playlist

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