Citizen Science Musings: Some Overdue Accolades

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By Sheldon Greaves

Last Fall I had the pleasure of designating some new CSL Fellows. Unfortunately "knowing how way leads on to way" I neglected to announce this to the rest of our readers. With apologies for this oversight, let me correct it by recognizing our latest CSL Fellows with their awarded titles:

Bill Hilton, Educator Naturalist
If you've read this blog for any length of time at all you know something of Bill's tireless efforts to explore the natural world and communicate his findings and passion to those around him. He is a master educator and an amateur scientist of the first rank. He has banded tens of thousands of birds, among other things, and conducted some truly fascinating studies into the natural world such as Operation Rubythroat. We are pleased to recognize Bill for this and look forward to reporting on his work in the future.

Forrest Mims, Atmospheric Scientist at Large
Forrest hardly needs any introduction, since he is one of the premiere amateur scientists working today. More important still is his long legacy of writing and instruction that has helped countless people find their way into science either as an avocation or a career.  He is also, of course, a co-founder of CSL and continues to provide insight, guidance, and encouragement.

Tim Raney, Experimental Physics Scholar at Large
Aside from his moniker as the "bald engineer guy with glasses" Tim has made an enormous contribution to CSL through his excellent articles and experiments posted on our blog.  This past September at our summit meeting in Florida I had the pleasure of meeting Tim and spending the day discussing the future of CSL with him and others. Tim's commitment to amateur science and his clear-headedness in pursuit of that commitment is a great asset. Tim is also deeply involved in promoting amateur science locally with a degree of success I hope CSL can replicate elsewhere.

Reginald Smith, Researcher
If you have not taken the opportunity to pick up a copy of his anthology Scientific Work and Creativity: Advice From the Masters you really do owe it to yourself to do so. This treasure trove of insight and ideas about the true essence of the scientific mind was Reggie's sole creation which he very generously donated to CSL.  Reggie has played an important role in the development of CSL; from its earliest days he was a strong source of support and ideas. Reggie and I have discussed possible additional publishing projects, which I hope we can start to develop further soon.

In addition to these fine gentlemen, I also wish to thank the rest of you who read this blog, visit us on Facebook or Google+ or LinkedIn or enjoy our Tweets. Your support and encouragement means a great deal to us. CSL is at a critical point in its development; I hope that soon we can enact additional expansions of services and projects to help enable scientific curiosity for all those who wonder.

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2 Responses to Citizen Science Musings: Some Overdue Accolades

  1. Thanks, Sheldon. I am honored to be among such accomplished individuals.

  2. Tim Raney says:

    Thanks, Sheldon. I am flattered by being selected as a “scholar at large.”

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