Cheerleader helps discover novel bacterium

A cheerleader volunteering for a citizen-science project helped discover a novel bacterium from a seat at a football stadium at Coronado High School in San Diego. Members of a citizen-science group called Science Cheerleader helped gather microbe samples by swabbing the school’s stadium seats and shared the samples with a project known as MERCCURI. Scientist … Continue reading Cheerleader helps discover novel bacterium

The hairball of citizen science

The hairball is jargon for data scientists. It means a special graphic that illustrates intersections. When I visited the Citizen Science Association’s first conference in San Jose, Calif., in February, it felt like a living hairball. Every one of the 600 people was already a networker, an accelerator, or somehow a person forced by curiosity … Continue reading The hairball of citizen science