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Education, outreach* and citizen science


Education, outreach* and citizen science

Share ideas, experiences, protocols and materials on the engagement of non-experts in DNA barcoding. (*'education' & 'outreach' are now usually called 'learning' & 'public engagement' but not everyone knows that yet so I stuck w/ the former)

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Discussion Forum

Are you involved in citizen science?

Started by Karen James. Last reply by Sandra Porter Aug 6, 2010. 3 Replies

As a follow-up to the DNA Barcoding Planning Meeting, August 1-3, 2010 at Coastal Marine Biolabs in Ventura…Continue

Levels of Public Engagement

Started by Ralph Imondi Jan 22, 2010. 0 Replies

Great piece, Mark … involving students in authentic research, especially work that directly ties them to issues with personal relevance, certainly goes a long way towards stimulating student…Continue

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Comment by Olivier Maurin on August 21, 2010 at 4:24am
Hello all, I work at the University of Johannesburg with Michelle van der Bank, and we wanted to share with you the latest development in regards to plant DNA barcoding in South Africa. Best wishes to all. Olivier
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Comment by jagadeesan on June 20, 2010 at 3:12am
I am the beginner of barcoding of estuarine and marine copepods in Indian waters, I think i join this group would helpfull to my further works.
Comment by Ralph Imondi on January 23, 2010 at 6:29pm
Welcome, Abby. Your experience in engaging students will undoubtedly be of significant value to this group's efforts.
Comment by mark stoeckle on January 22, 2010 at 1:38pm
In case useful, brief video clip of Flora Lichtman interview with DNAHouse investigators on NPR site which I think nicely captures student enthusiasm and what DNA barcoding is
Comment by Karen James on January 19, 2010 at 6:10pm
This is all good news - I hope the baby steps we're taking here lead to more long-term, broadly accessible projects! I'm particularly interested in assembling recommendations for best practice in involving non-experts in DNA barcoding. For example, we should be trying to quantify data quality and establish methods for building in quality control. Our strategy will be to promote multiple sampling of individual specimens (easy with trees!) by different students and then measure rate of corroboration....
Comment by mark stoeckle on January 8, 2010 at 12:03am
Good to hear of NPR interest in California and ongoing student work at CMB!
We have been delighted and impressed with wide media interest nationally and internationally. Student investigators Brenda Tan and Matt Cost did filmed interviews this week with Fox TV and Channel One (national educational channel), and are scheduled to appear on CNN next week, plus they did telephone interviews with Pressetext (Germany) and Radio Colombia. These are in addition to earlier interviews with New York Times, New York Post, NPR, NBC TV (link to filmed interview ), and wire services EFE (Spanish) and AFP (French), with stories in over 230 media sites in 30 countries and 9 languages.
As shown by this and many other projects, it seems there is potential to expand these sorts of educational efforts with benefits to individuals and institutions involved, and in raising public profile of science in general and barcoding in particular.
Comment by Ralph Imondi on January 7, 2010 at 7:34pm
More news. A local NPR correspondent who learned of the exciting work by the Trinity High School students and who is familiar with CMB's educational programming here on the West Coast will air a piece on DNA barcoding for broadcast next Tuesday or Wednesday. This will undoubtedly build (at least on a local/regional level) on last week's media coverage of "DNAHouse".
Comment by Ralph Imondi on January 7, 2010 at 12:09pm
We just received a call from a retired engineer from Malibu who picked up on some of the recent press coverage. He'll be visiting our labs next weekend to discuss ways of engaging his grandchildren in a DNA barcoding project.
Comment by David E. Schindel on January 6, 2010 at 3:20pm
There's been a lot of press coverage lately of "DNAHouse", a high school project in NYC. It focuses on biodiversity in the home as well as barcoding for consumer protection.

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Comment by Neil Davies on November 23, 2009 at 8:52pm
I am very pleased to see the interest in "community barcoding". We have been developing this aspect in the Moorea Biocode Project - - and want to take it much further. It will be great to share experiences with you all. Barcoding can make a major contribution to education in a number of fields. It is a simple (accessible) idea that provides a basis for exploring much more complex issues. A powerful vehicle for raising public awareness of science.

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