Category Archives: Citizen Science Musings

Ideas and observations on the world of citizen science and those who practice it.

Citizen Science Musings: The Scientific Art of Roger Hayward

Part of that story involves one of the lesser-known characters in that story, an extremely gifted artist and amateur scientist named Roger Hayward. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: Amateurs and Astronomy

Addressing the Peninsula Astronomical Society at Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA.

The bottom line of my presentation was that this column began as an amateur astronomy column in 1928, and remained so for the next 24 years. During that time, it was the go-to place for new innovations in mirror grinding, telescope mounts, and all the thousands of details that lie along the way. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: Remembering Grace Hopper

Today (Sunday) is the 107th birthday of computer pioneer Grace Hopper, who did most of her ground-breaking work while part of the US Navy Reserve. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: Christmas Citizen Science

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One of my earliest experiences in what we would today call “citizen science” was participating in the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: Don’t Wait!

I had picked somewhere a pair of special filters mounted in cardboard eyewear frames that would let me safely observe the transit without frying my retinas over easy. As the day drew closer, the weather looked iffy, but the chances of seeing something were still there. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: Making Amateur Scientists

One of the telescopes featured in Ingall's inaugural column,made by E. L. Worbois, 127 Adam Street, Tonawanda, New York.

This past week I was graciously invited to speak to a local astronomical club, the Peninsula Astronomical Society. After some consideration, I decided to talk about the role of Scientific American’s famous, much-loved and equally-missed column, “The Amateur Scientist” in the growth of amateur astronomy. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: The Romance of Comets

That’s why it’s always nice to read about “ordinary” people like Joe Witherspoon who tracks comets and other objects from his home observatory in Montana. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: Science and Poetry

Robert Frost

Being a devotee of Frost’s poetry, especially after spending a few years living in New England where he wrote, I was delighted to discover that he had an active interest in science that found its way into his poetry. Continue reading…

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Citizen Scientist Musings: Beasties for Halloween

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Can you imagine what Hitchcock might have done with a movie starting these fiends? Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: Care and Feeding of the Idea Stream

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It was a stimulating evening, with wide-ranging conversation; something that my current situation does not allow as often as I could wish. One of the more pleasant aspects was that several thoughts occurred to me that might not have done so otherwise. Continue reading…

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