The White House Webcast on Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing 9/30

Great to see the White House is keeping going with its commitment to citizen science and crowdsourcing activities.  They will be hosting a Web Forum on the topic on September 30th.

See Open Science and Innovation: Of the People, For the People, By the People |

In this they write:

Only a small fraction of Americans are formally trained as “scientists.” But that doesn’t mean that only a small fraction of Americans can participate in scientific discovery and innovation.  Citizen science and crowdsourcing are approaches that educate, engage, and empower the public to apply their curiosity and talents to a wide range of real-world problems. To raise awareness of these tools and encourage more Americans to take advantage of them, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Domestic Policy Council will host Open Science and Innovation: Of the People, For the People, By the People,” a live-webcast forum, on Wednesday, September 30th.

We hope that from 8 AM-12 PM EDT on Wednesday, September 30, you’ll tune in to follow the livestream of the forum, and that you’ll participate by sending in your thoughts, comments, and questions to @WhiteHouseOSTP using the hashtag #WHCitSci.

I encourage everyone out there to participate … We need to continue efforts to engage the public in science … and this is certainly one approach that can help.

From the White House blog: Tiye Garrett-Mills, 17, a citizen scientist from Denver, Colorado, shows her leaf-scanning concept to Astronaut Leland Melvin at the 2015 White House Science Fair. She also demonstrated her project to President Obama during the event. (Photo credit: Jenn Gustetic)

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Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. My lab is in the UC Davis Genome Center and I hold appointments in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine and the Department of Evolution and Ecology in the College of Biological Sciences. My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis (see my lab site here which has more information on lab activities).  In addition to research, I am heavily involved in the Open Access publishing and Open Science movements.