Monthly Archives: January 2016

ASU Scientist Interview

Alexander Abrams

 

Community Outreach Summary

My community outreach project was me interviewing an ASU scientist, namely Charles Arntzen. Charles Arntzen is a professor and the co-dir for infectious diseases and vaccinology. I decided to interview Mr. Arntzen because medicine today does not seem like it is advancing at the pace it used to, so I wanted to get his opinion on today’s medical advances. It helps the community because he studys vaccines and how they work on the body and this interview passes on the knowledge to me. Learning more about science is much more important because we need to advance our knowledge of science to create better medicine and overall better ways for everything. I feel like I learned more about vaccinations and how people getting vaccinated is better for the world, which is a great feeling because learning something new is always good.

Fossil Finder

Citizen Science Project : Fossil Finder
For my first citizen science project, I visited Zooniverse.org in search of interesting studies, as a kid, fossils and archeology always interested me so naturally I went with the “Fossil Finder” project on the website. While there, I was given ten separate pictures of digging sites and using my pointer, identified/ classified them. The questions/ tasks were to tell if the picture presented was ok to study, too blurry, too dark, etc. How much of the ground was covered 0-20%, 20-60%, or 60-100%. Afterwards they present you with a quick guide on classifying rocks and objects that may be seen, where you then point, click and identify. There’s also a little window available to tell you how many other people are working on the same picture, here you can initiate a chat. The purpose of this project is for me, and many others, to help identify possible excavation sites for diggers to explore, and give a good estimation on the things that will be seen while there. I feel my contributions along with everyone else’s will be useful for a multitude of analytical work that takes place on these sites, my site in particular was Lake Turkana, Kenya.
  

ID Galaxies

Zachary Blowers
SNHS
Citizen Science Summary
Friday, December 11, 2015
Citizen Science Summary
The project I partook in was along with NASA, involving the Hubble Space Telescope. What I did was identify galaxies by distinct features. These features included if they were ring shaped or spiral shaped, or even bulging. Other questions included if they were merging, bright, and also if they had spiraling arms. I chose this project because I have always been fascinated with space and everything beyond our own solar system. Is there other life besides our own? Is there perhaps things such as worm holes? The list goes on and on. I feel pretty good about myself after doing my part with this project. I enjoyed it quite a bit so there was no trouble with me helping identify galaxies.
 

Season Spotter

Jasmin Aviles
SNHS
December 11, 2015
Citizen Science Project
I did my project on “Season Spotter”, which is based on having to identify the climate change in several photos to see how it affects the plants. My part in this project was to observe photos with different outdoor conditions and pick out small details about the changes I see, whether it be how the climate is or how the leaves look. That helped with finding out the effect the weather had on the outdoor plants. I chose this project because I was very interested in finding out what types of climates are good and bad for the plants we see outside. Now that I have completed my part I feel like I can go outside and identify why a plant looks the way it
looks based on the type of weather we have had and I am also able to share my knowledge with others. I am now able to expand the knowledge of others with the things I have learned.
Season Spotter Image Marking
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Interstellar Dust

Alexandra Peralta
Ms. Doskacil
SNHS
29 November 2015
Citizen Science Project:
The citizen project I chose to participate in was Stardust @ Home’s interstellar dust project. These dust particles were returned to Earth from a Stardust mission, and the scientists and lab technicians needed help identifying the tiny dust particles using two methods. First, I
decided on which collection I wanted to work on, aerogel or foils; I chose foils. Then, I took a lesson on how to identify the foils, and a test was administered to prove my knowledge concerning the foils. Later, I was given 23 movies, actual magnified interstellar dust particles, to identify as containing foils or containing no craters. My observations were sent to a database where they would be compared to other volunteer’s observations over the same slides. I chose this project, because it was the one that made me feel most involved, and helpful towards the progress of the identification of these interstellar dust particles. After completing my part, I feel satisfied in knowing I’ve contributed towards the scientific community in a way along with learning about these interstellar dust particles.
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Old Weather

Elizabeth Little
Citizen Science Project
I participated in a project called Old Weather that is a part of Zooniverse and their goal is to use transcriptions of mid-19th century ships’ logs in order to improve the knowledge of past environmental conditions. I helped by transcribing and annotating the logs. I chose this project because I have always been interested in the 19th century and their ways of life, these logs allowed me to see what has happened through the eyes of the recorder. I hope that the organization will be able to use this information, no matter how small it may be, to help sailors understand and predict future weather patterns.