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Taking the Pulse of the Planet

Dr. Cooper will review how citizen science is transforming scientific discovery, introduce students to NC State’s Citizen Science Campus program, walk students through an NC State citizen science project about safe drinking water, and show students 3 ways they can fight COVID-19.

Published onJun 22, 2022
Taking the Pulse of the Planet
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Abstract

Caren Cooper, Ph.D. started out curious about birds, but became even more curious about bird watchers, and other people re-defining expertise as they share observations of flowers, weather, planets, pollution, and more. Cooper realized the extraordinary collective power brought to scientific discovery when people share their observations. This collective power is called citizen science. In her talk, Caren will: (1) review how citizen science is transforming scientific discovery, (2) introduce students to NC State’s Citizen Science Campus program, (3) walk students through an NC State citizen science project about safe drinking water (for which they received a kit in the mail), and (4) show students three ways they can, as citizen scientists, fight the pandemic.

While Caren Cooper, was earning her Bachelors of Science in Zoology from NC State University, she did field work with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Scott Paper Company, the US Forest Service, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and the Smithsonian Conservation Research Center. Cooper earned a Master’s of Science with the US Fish & Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit at the University of Wyoming. Cooper earned her PhD in Biology at Virginia Tech, while doing fieldwork in Australia. After 14 years as a scientist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cooper returned to NC State University. Cooper’s research group adheres to the values of feminism, anti-racism, and decolonization of science. Students become active professionals in the fields of citizen science, ornithology, social science, and environmental science.

Taking the Pulse of the Planet (Caren Cooper)

This video was originally produced for an audience of entering first-year and transfer students at NC State University as a part of an interdisciplinary experience. It is available for noncommercial reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 4.0 License, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/.

SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS

  1. NC State’s Citizen Science Campus Program

  2. Citizen Science: Everybody Counts by Caren Cooper (TEDTalk)

  3. Before she was a scientist: Caren Cooper

  4. Caren’s book on Citizen Science

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