Thursday, December 08, 2022

NASA’s citizen science program continues to grow: 19 new grants awarded

Photo Of A Group Of 7 People Smiling And Interacting With A Robot.  The Blue Logo Of Nasa Is In The Upper Left Corner.

Citizen scientists from NASA’s HAMSCI Citizen Science Project at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, from left to right: Simal Sami, Alex Calderon, Kuong Nguyen, Francis Tholey, Diego Sanchez, Shaf Sarwar and Veronica Romanek. credit: hamsci

With 29 different projects online, NASA’s citizen science program provides members of the public with many ways to participate in real scientific research. Now NASA is funding 18 new awards across the US to develop or support citizen science projects.

Astrophysics Data Analysis Program (ADAP)

The Astrophysics Data Analysis Program (ADAP) program provides support for investigations whose focus is on the analysis of archival data from NASA space astrophysics missions. Two proposals that included citizen science components were selected:

  • Uncovering Ultracool Benchmarks in WISE for Gaia SearchJacqueline Faherty, American Museum of Natural History
  • Toward a Uniform and Complete Keck Spectroscopic Collection for the COSMOS Legacy FieldJehan Kartaltepe, Rochester Institute of Technology

Citizen Science Seed Grant Program (CSSFP)

CSSFP aims to support scientists and other experts to develop citizen science projects and expand the pool of scientists who use citizen science techniques in their science investigations. Four divisions of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate are participating in CSSFP: the Astrophysics Division, the Biological and Physical Sciences Division, the Heliophysics Division, and the Planetary Science Division.

Eleven new projects recently selected through this program are:

  • Adaptive Ionospheric Observatory using dual-frequency smartphonesJoshua Semeter, Boston University
  • Hot on the Trail: Citizen Science Empowering Active Region Life Cycle InvestigationEmily Mason, Predictive Science Inc.
  • Radio Jove 2.0Chuck Higgins, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Combined Analysis of Concurrent Sprite and Gravity Wave Observations Based on Citizen Science Data Collected by the Spraticular ProjectBerku Kosar, Catholic University of America
  • mars cloud viewMatteo Crismani, California State University, San Bernarduino
  • How dynamic is the moon? Detection of lunar characteristic changes using co-registered images from past and current missionsAaron Curtis, NASA and the Propulsion Laboratory
  • are we alone? A citizen science-enabled search for a technical signatureJane-Luc Margot, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Burstchaser: Unveiling the physical mechanism of gamma-ray bursts with citizen scienceAmy Lien, University of Tampas
  • Dark Energy Explorers: The Citizen Science Project Fueling the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX)Carl Gebhardt, University of Texas, Austin
  • long-period exoplanet transit times with a coordinated civilian astronomer network, Thomas Esposito, SETI Institute
  • Harnessing the Power of NASA’s Physics Informatics by Involving Citizen ScientistsPaul Secor, American Society for Gravitational and Space Research, INC.

Program Established to Promote Opportunities for Competitive Research (EPSCOR)

EPSCoR develops partnerships between NASA research missions and programs, academic institutions, and industry. The program helps award winners establish long-term academic research enterprises that will be self-sustaining, competitive, and contribute to their local and state economic viability and development. EPSCoR is managed by NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement. The three newly selected proposals will broaden the participation of underrepresented audiences and strengthen the research capacity of institutions in underrepresented jurisdictions, along with funding studies critical to NASA’s mission.

  • Evolution of the North Dakota Dual Aurora Camera Project: Data Analysis and Building an Accessible and Engaging Citizen Science Platform – Appendix FPI Caitlin Milara, Co-I/Science PI Wayne Barkhouse, Co-I/Science PI Timothy Young, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks
  • Appendix F: A Neuro-Symbolic Aurora Model Powered by Aurorasaurus Data in Citizen SciencePI Leonard Miller, Wichita State University, Co-I Eric Meyer, Pittsburgh State University, Ko-I Hongsheng He, Wichita State University
  • NASA EPCOR Rapid Response Research: Research and Education on TLEs: Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Applications for Identification and Classification of TLEsPI Gerardo Morel, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Co-I Hiralal Janawa, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Pedras, Co-I/Science PI Vidya Manian Recinto, Universitario Mayaguez

Mars Data Analysis Program (MDAP)

NASA’s Mars Data Analysis Program aims to enhance scientific return to Mars from missions performed by NASA and other space agencies.

  • Distribution and Composition of Mars Mesospheric Clouds from Mars Climate Sounder ObservationsArmin Kleinbohl, JPL

Remote Sensing of Water Quality Program (RSWQ)

The objective of the Remote Sensing of Water Quality program is to build the ability to remotely assess the water quality of inland aquatic environments (eg, rivers and lakes) and coastal areas.

  • Satellite monitoring of rivers: a distributed-sampling approach to improve satellite estimates of river water quality on a global scaleE, Evan Dethier, Dartmouth

Science Activation (SciAct) Program

The Science Activation Program is a cooperative network of competitively selected teams across the nation that combine NASA science experts, real material, and experiences with community leaders to help science get done in a way that activates the mind and our Foster a deeper understanding of the world and beyond. SciAct has selected five new awardees, including a citizen science project, to join a network of 28 other recently released projects:

  • Growing Beyond Earth Science Activation for Middle and High SchoolsCarl Lewis, Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden.

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