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#WHCitSci  event livestreaming now through noon. Tune in and learn about what is happening and many new large announcements and presentations. 

Today is an iconic point in history for citizen science and +SciStarter is there with many other great organizations, projects, and people who have helped grow this people powered open science movement.
In the 2013 Second Open Government National Action Plan, President Obama called on agencies to harness the ingenuity of the public by accelerating and scaling the use of open ...
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A great step forward for Internet security.
Time to celebrate: Let's Encrypt issued its first certificate. 
Celebrating the First Certificate From Let’s Encrypt  Today we mark an important milestone in our march to encrypt all of the Web: the first-ever certificate issued by Let’s Encrypt.
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A crazy discount on the uBiome project you might want to try. 5 microbiome sites for the price of 1. Only $89 this Labor Day weekend only.
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For true science, reproducibility is key. So very true.
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So it begins... the genetic discrimination age. While technically this is another example of technology being applied in a way contrary to the way the public accepts or expected it to be used.  

Offering the ability to filter by genetics may have beneficial applications as well as detrimental applications. It is all in how the technology is applied and the use vs intent of the application.

Genetic filtering at login as highlighted in this article briefly could discriminate, but also could help in safer matches.  As with many new technologies the benefits hopefully outweigh the costs, but the applications of the tech should be watched carefully and require transparency when it is applied.
A coder used 23andMe's open API to create a program that can discriminate against people online, based on their DNA.
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Calling all persons interested in making sure our digital lives are protected and rules reviewed.
We're hiring an activist. Here's why you should apply to this dream job.
Most mornings, I wake up, turn on my computer, and check to see if there are any new threats to digital rights. Perhaps a new surveillance program has been revealed, or a bill to censor the Internet has been introduced, or there’s a privacy policy change to a major social network that will affect millions of people's privacy. When a major threat is on the horizon, I’ll check in with the other activists at EFF, and we’ll formulate a game plan for ...
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Fun findings from +OkCupid related to the latest rankings of universities though why it is it's own page and wasn't added to their blog with a complementing article escapes me.

If you are a user of OkCupid you should also check out the +Electronic Frontier Foundation article shaming the service for leaving its data unsecured in transit thus leaking question responses and other information every time you use it if you don't force https connections.  Three years is long enough that it should be the default for the site, no? #securemydatanow  
OkCupid crunched its data to find best colleges for dating, sex, partying and more.
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Underwater exploration meets fun to navigate. This little OpenROV would be very exciting to use in a #citizenscience  application or two. This would be great for educational activities at the +Monterey Bay Aquarium or for +Oceana and others to get more people excited about the ocean and waters around them.

Lets make this +OpenROV project a success, chip in $1 and we will be there in no time or get this ROV at a discount as a reward!
OpenROV is raising funds for OpenROV Trident - An Underwater Drone for Everyone on Kickstarter! The future of ocean exploration is here.
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Absolutely they are doing fine, but it never hurts to raise awareness about a project like this. They didn't have stretch goals which it would be interesting to see what they would add.
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Knowledge flow is fascinating. Especially if based on a mistake. Do you ask for sources and references for facts?
Excellent read about the problem with scientific knowledge discovery process.

Via +James Landay​
Abstract. Many of the messages presented in respectable scientific publications are, in fact, based on various forms of rumors. Some of these rumors appear so frequently, and in such complex, colorful, and entertaining ways that we can think of them as academic urban legends.
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Review all the Internet? Sure. Keep personal notes or comment for all to consider. Note conflicts, confusing points, and discuss. A very interesting open source tool.
Annotate with anyone, anywhere. Our mission is to bring a new layer to the web. Use Hypothesis to discuss, collaborate, organize your research, or take personal notes. Install Get Bookmarklet Or... Annotate! There's also a Chrome extension or you can add it to your website.
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Very exciting to see a new major initiative for SETI. If we do find other life it would change the world as we know it.
Stephen Hawking, Frank Drake and dozens of journalists gathered at the Royal Society in London last week to hear astronomers announce a ground-breaking new project to search for intelligent extrate...
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Oh man! This looks great. The Muppets are back in a whole new way.
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  • University of Maryland
    Information Studies - PhD, 2015 - present
    Focused work on citizen science and social computing activities with Dr. Andrea Wiggins as my advisor.
  • University of Michigan School of Information
    Masters of Science in Information - Social Computing, 2010 - 2012
    I attended graduate school at the University of Michigan for a Master of Science in Information and specialized in Social Computing and dabbled in Human Computer Interaction. My courses covered usability testing and research, recommender and reputation systems, ecommunities, game theory, and social conscious business design (Ross Business School cognate course).
  • Michigan State University College of Communication Arts and Sciences
    Bachelors of Science in Media and Communication Technology with a specialization in Information Technology, 2005 - 2010
    I graduated in May 2010 with a B.S. in Media and Communication Technology with an Information Technology Specialization at Michigan State University. The focus of my degree was Social Computing, Information Technology Projects, and Telecommunication Systems. The business courses included accounting and supply chain management. The telecom courses included project design, management, proposal and project development, and study of the various levels of Internet infrastructure and operations. All of these on top of the core courses for undergraduates and some engineering courses where I started my college career.
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Citizen Science Advocate, Environmentally Conscious Geek, Information Addict.
I am a netizen and Eagle Scout who loves to make a difference in the world and champion user's rights.  Social good is core to my life. I focusing the majority of my efforts through the nonprofit GridRepublic.

You might think all I do is make accounts on new websites as seen by the extensive list of accounts on the right, but really I use most of these to study the behaviors within them to help me to better understand interactions, behaviors, and breakdowns in online communities.

My Research
I conduct user experience evaluations and research on the XSEDE supercomputing grid metrics interface which is the successor to the Teragrid.  I am ensuring everyone can get what they need from the system and make the experience as intuitive as possible.  For more on XSEDE watch the video highlight.

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My goal is to work on projects that scale for social good.  My main interests are citizen science and volunteer computing.  I want to increase the efficiency of our world by harnessing underutilized resources for productive measures.  

My citizen science interest is in the abilities of mobilizing people to reconnect with the world around them and participate in research projects by helping to analyze, collect, and interpret the data and develop the hypothesis that currently is not possible in a reasonable time frame with current methods.

Similarly with volunteer computing I want to harness the computational resources available all around us. Why buy a computer, tv, phone, etc just to let its processing abilities go to waste when you are not actively using it.  People could let these devices process small parts of information for a cause they care about such as curing a disease or searching for cleaner fuels.

GridRepublic promotes, simplifies use of, and distributes a program for computers which harnesses spare processing power (number crunching) of computers to tackle challenging problems from scientists and other processing projects that the computer owner chooses to support.  

The projects come from universities and researchers from around the world. GridRepublic is powered by BOINC a software developed at the University of California Berkeley and funded by the National Science Foundation

Visit the GridRepublic website, GridRepublic Google+ page, the Progress Thru Processors app or the Gridrepublic page on Facebook to see more.

For a easy way to share GridRepublic with friends and colleges share the one page description pdf.  This pdf can also be found on the advocacy page in the GridRepublic community.

I like #scifi, #technology, and #sustainability... these are the circles I best fit into.

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Eagle Scout, Google+ beta user, Cr-48 beta user, Attended the #NASASocial at JPL for the Curiosity Rover Landing on Mars
PhD Student and Graduate Research Assistant
Thinking outside the norm, connecting people and ideas, making the world a more connected place
  • University of Maryland, College Park
    Graduate Research Assistant, 2015 - present
    Research assistant to Dr. Andrea Wiggins my PhD advisor where I work in the Open Knowledge Lab on research related to citizen science, online communities, social computing, data management, and group work.
  • SciStarter
    Strategic Advisor, 2013 - present
    Advise on business and social design. Co-develop the information architecture, assess usability usability, improve semantic design and SEO. Co-administer the IT infrastructure and site development. Additional consulting and responsibilities as they arise.
  • Charity Engine
    Support/ Community Manager / Consultant, 2012 - present
  • GridRepublic
    Community Manager / Outreach Coordinator / Support, 2008 - present
  • University of Michigan
    Post Masters Researcher, 2012 - 2015
    Working in the School of Information under supervision of Tom Finholt. Exploring the usability and user experience of the XSEDE supercomputing metrics tool XDMoD. Designed an Android app for evaluating energy consumption in maintaining social networks.
  • Biggs|Gilmore
    User Experience Designer Intern, 2011 - 2011
    Gathered and analyzed client content for the development of information architecture and wireframes. Worked with design and development teams on wireframe and functional design possibility. Delivered wireframes and information architecture design to client. Also conducted usability testing for web based games with children.
  • Oakland County Government
    IT Engineer, 2010 - 2011
  • The City of Portage
    Technical Leader, 2008 - 2008
  • The City of Portage
    Technical Assistant, 2007 - 2007
  • The Image Place, Inc.
    Lab Assistant, 2004 - 2004
    Conducted small and large print mounting and coating. Developed 35 mm and 110 mm films. Performed other misc tasks around the lab.
  • The Adler Planetarium
    Social Media Intern, 2011 - 2011
    Week long internship assisting in website usability analysis, social media strategy development, patron interview and surveys, and designing complex survey logic for future evaluations.
  • University of Michigan
    SI 631/634 Grader, 2012 - 2012
    Graded and answered questions in the Content Management Systems courses with a primary focus on Drupal. SI 631 is a client project course aimed at designing a site according to client requests. SI 634 is a intro course to Drupal configuration.
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